Pictured (l-r, front row): Co-writer Ross Copperman, Billy Currington, and co-writers Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston; (back row) Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan, Warner Chappell Music Publishing's Ben Vaughn, BMI's Leslie Roberts, Sony ATV Music Publishing's Josh Van Valkenburg, Combustion Music's Chris Van Belkom and ASCAP's Mike Sistad. Photo credit: Ed Rode

ASCAP, BMI, the CMA and Music Row celebrated the team behind Mercury Nashville recording artist Billy Currington’s tenth chart-topping single, “Don’t It,” at a party held at the CMA offices on Monday, August 3rd. The hit song was co-penned by ASCAP songwriters Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston, who were honored for their twenty-first and sixth #1 songs, respectively, along with BMI co-writer Ross Copperman, who celebrated his fourth chart-topper. Publishers Combustion Music, Sony ATV Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music Publishing were also on hand to congratulate the group. “Don’t It,” which was released in October of 2014 as the first single from Billy Currington’s upcoming sixth studio album, was produced by critically-acclaimed ASCAP producer Dann Huff.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 540,000 members representing over 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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