New Zealand songwriters Leroy Clampitt and James Wong (who is based in L.A.) have been presented with their Billions Award for ‘Company’, co-written by international writers Andreas Shuller, Justin Bieber, James Abrahart, Thomas Troelsen and Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd. Both songwriters are published by Native Tongue Music Publishing.
‘Company’ was released as the fourth and final single for Justin Bieber’s album ‘Purpose’ and reached the top forty in most countries it charted. It was first performed live in April 2016 at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and later at the Billboard Music Awards, as well as on Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ World Tour.
"The breadth, depth and global reach of songwriting talent in New Zealand is truly impressive. Our Kiwi members are sharing their stories with music fans globally, as well as collaborating with the world’s biggest artists. The music of Ella, Joel, James and Leroy is truly global, and opens doors for the growing export potential of Kiwi music creators," said APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston.
"It's very special to be able to honour our songwriter members with the Billions Award, and in the past year, that has been a challenge to make happen, so it meant a lot for our APRA AMCOS Auckland team to be able to present Ella and Joel with awards in person in our Auckland office," said Ormston.
The 1,000,000,000 List takes into account streaming numbers from all major services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, YouTube Music, Vevo, Amazon, and more. It is the first award of its kind to recognise a songwriter’s achievement.