2017 BET Awards
New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9
Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.
-- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records. Mike WiLL Made-It first collaborated with the group on "Where The Money At?" in 2012 and again on the act's single newest "Everything." "There hasn't been a collective of creative coming out of Atlanta like Two-9 since Outkast," the producer said in a statement.
-- Nashville-based indie pop band COIN sings with Columbia Records/Startime International to release its full-length debut, which is being produced by Jay Joyce.
-- Experimental musician Williams Close, who says he's developed more than 100 types of musical instruments, signs with Nettwerk Music Group. Close and the Earth Harp collective have re-recorded two new albums, Behind The Veil and Holidays, featuring new artist collaborations. Behind The Veil was released through Nettwerk Records on July 29.
-- Anti- Records welcomes punk band Title Fight to its artist roster, which also includes Tom Waits, the Antlers, Neko Case, Dr. Dog, Glen Hansard and Wilco. Title Fight is currently recording a new album with producer Will Yip.
-- Sub Pop nabs Seattle MC Porter Ray, who is slated to release an album on the label in 2015.
-- Daywind Records inks gospel group Bowling Family, which consists of members Mike and Kelly Bowling, their 14-year-old daughter Hope, vocalist Troy Peach and pianist John Jeffrey.
-- CJ Ramone, who played bass for the Ramones from the late 1980s through the mid-'90s, joins the roster of Fat Wreck Chords. The label will release Ramone's newest single, "Understand Me?" which will also appear on his upcoming full-length album, Last Chance to Dance.
-- Astralwerks Records signs pop artist Halsey and DJ/producer Dragan Roganovic (aka Dirty South). Halsey will release an EP later this year, and Dirty South will release a full-length album and accompanying short film in 2014 as well.
-- Chicago MC Mick Jenkins joins Cinematic Music Group alongside BIG K.R.I.T., Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. Jenkins -- who has collaborated with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Alex Wiley -- released his new mixtape, The Water[s], on Aug. 12.
-- Republic Records welcomes R&B singer George Tandy, Jr. to its artist roster. He released his debut album, The Foundation, through RedStar/Republic Records on July 29.
-- RCA Nashville DJ/remixer/producer Dee Jay Silver joins the roster of Red Light Management, which also includes such country stars as Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley. Nina Ruckteschler will handle his day-to-day management under the direction of Shawn McSpadden. In related news, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed Silver for representation.
-- The Windish Agency welcomes: Andrew Bird (responsible agent: Erik Selz); the Magnetic Fields (Erik Selz); Goapele (Todd Walker); Baths (Jay Moss); The Rentals (Doug Croy); Yung Lean and the Sad Boys (Tom Windish, Evan Hancock, Joe Hadley); BØRNS (Windish); Clarence Clarity (Sam Hunt); Saskwatch (Windish); Slaptop (Hunt); Tiffany Gia (Steve Goodgold); Alison Wonderland (Goodgold); Oso Leone (Avery McTaggart); The Moth & the Flame (Windish, Ryan Farlow); Nothing But Thieves (Windish); DJ Dodger Stadium (Ben Buchanan); Suicideyear (Oli Isaacs); and Solomon Grey (Steve Goodgold).
-- The Billions Corporations adds to its roster Lavender Country (responsible agent: Andrew Morgan), Band of Skulls (Trey Many), and Adia Victoria (Shannin Porter).
-- The Agency Group inks: Jane Lockhart (responsible agent: Soniya Tolani); Aubrie Sellers (Justin Hill); Rose Windows (Dan Rozenblum); Crown The Empire (Dave Shapiro/Tom Taaffe); Ill Blu (Sophia Margerison, Mark Bennett, Sinan Ors); Fizzy Blood (Beckie Sugden); Dorothy (Dave Kaplan, Natasha Bent); Luluc (Dave Kaplan/Bruce Solar); Charlie Winston (Jules de Lattre, Darcy Gregoire); Big Ups (Alisa Preisler); Motopony (Dan Rozenblum); Gabriel Garzon-Montano (Noah Simon, Jules de Lattre); Michelle Rodriguez (Marc Gerald); The Sunshine Underground (Mark Bennett); The Sound Of Animals Fighting (Shapiro); The Beta Machine (Dan Rozenblum); Madeleine Peyroux (James Wright, Solar, Laura Dunaway, Darcy Gregoire); Daniel Bambaata Marley (Jeremy Holgersen); River Tiber (Adam Countryman); and The Family Ruin (Matt Andersen).
-- Paradigm adds: Asleep at the Wheel (responsible agents: Brian Hill, Clint Wiley); Bootstraps (Joe Atamian); Brandon Bassir (Ira Goldenring, Jenn Tolman); Cereus Bright (Atamian); Derik Hultquist (Atamian, Matt Runner); Gwilym Gold (Marty Diamond); Halsey (Diamond, Matt Galle); Honor By August (Ash Mowry-Lewis); Indiana (Diamond); Janine and the Mixtape (Matt Adler, Diamond, Lawrence Lam); Joe Matarese (Kama Upton); Joe Russo's Almost Dead (Jonathan Levine); Johnny Stimson (Ira Goldenring); LoCash Cowboys (Bob Kinkead); Peter Matthew Bauer (Kevin French); Young Rising Sons (Corrie Christopher, Galle, Larry Webman); and Robert Earl Keen (Bobby Cudd).
-- AM Only sings DJ Mustard (responsible agent: Lee Anderson); Moguai (Harris Lewis, Ben Shprits); Saint Pepsi (Max Braun); Mr. Bill (Alex Hutchinson); Mike Vale (Ben Tilton); Futuristic Polar Bears (Matt Meyer, John Jung); Billon (Anderson, Cody Chapman); and Posso (Denise Melanson).
-- Round Hill Music (RHM) signs a co-publishing deal with Brooklyn roots rock band Animal Years. The group's latest album, Sun Will Rise, was released on May 6. RHM's roster also includes American Authors, Bronze Radio Return and Bloodgroup.
-- Warner/Chappell Music inks a worldwide publishing agreement with Strouse IP -- which oversees the works of composer Charles Strouse -- to administer Strouse's entire body of work. He composed such musicals as Bye Bye Birdie and Annie, and film scores including Bonnie & Clyde and All Dogs Go To Heaven.
-- Riptide Music Group signs alternative folk group Saintseneca to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement. "I fell in love with their music when I first heard it on NPR, so it is a real treat to work with them," Riptide CEO Keatly Haldeman said in a statement.