Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@Billboard.com for inclusion in our regular report.
-- Razor & Tie signs Kyng to its worldwide label and publishing rosters. The Southern California rock trio is currently writing a new album, with a single expected later this year. Kyng is managed by IndieGoot’s Bill McGathy and John Bambino and booked by the Agency Group’s Anthony Paolercio.
-- Hopeless Records signs rock bands Taking Back Sunday, Bayside and Neck Deep. Taking Back Sunday is working with producers Marc Jacob Hudson and Mike Sapone on a new full-length album slated for release in early 2014.
-- Singer SZA signs with Top Dawg Entertainment. She released the EP “S” in April and has a forthcoming EP, “Z,” on the way. The first singer signed to Top Dawg, SZA joins other artists on the roster, including Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q and Jay Rock.
-- Red Bow Records adds 20-year-old Orange Grove, Texas, native Chase Bryant to its artist roster. Bryant is co-managed by Gene Dries and Neal Spielberg of Spielberg/Dries Management.
-- Singer Foxes (real name: Louisa Rose Allen) announces a deal with RCA Records as a solo artist. She will release new EP, titled "Youth," on Oct. 8, with a debut full-length coming in 2014. The EP will include remixes from Breakage, Danny Howard and Seamus Haji. Foxes also appeared on Fall Out Boy's "Just One Yesterday" and Rudimental's "Right Here."
-- Twenty-year-old R&B/hip-hop artist August Alsina signs to Def Jam Recordings. His debut EP, “Downtown: Life Under the Gun,” was released Aug. 20 on Def Jam Recordings/Radio Killa Records.
-- RCA Inspirational adds singer Tashawna “She’nice” Johnson to its artist roster. The daughter of R&B singer Tweet, Johnson is currently singing with gospel singer Tye Tribbett. RCA Inspirational’s roster also includes Marvin Sapp, Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker and others.
-- APA signs Macy Gray, Tonic and Beautiful Bodies. The artists’ responsible agents are Josh Humiston (Macy Gray, Tonic), Jaime Kelsall (Tonic) and Troy Blakely (Beautiful Bodies). Macy Gray was previously repped by Creative Artists Agency and Tonic was formerly with WME.
-- The Windish Agency has signed a large number of artists in recent months. They include: Andrew W.K. (responsible agent: Ben Buchanan); Bobby Womack (Todd Walker); Placebo (Tom Windish); Sinead O'Connor (Todd Walker); Alice Russell (Todd Walker); John Murry (Todd Walker); Fyfe (Avery McTaggart); and many more.
-- The Billions Corporation signs Potty Mouth (responsible agent: Andrew Morgan), Foy Vance (Shannin Porter, David T. Viecelli), Weekend (Shannin Porter), Rathborne (Trey Many) and Jenny Hval (Andrew Morgan).
-- With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Monterey, Calif., Paradigm has signed numerous acts in recent months. Some of the new additions to the talent agency’s roster include Labrinth (responsible agents: Jeffrey Hasson, Jonathan Levine); the Mavericks (Mike Snider, Clint Wiley); Frankie Rose (Kevin French); Ivy Levan (Marty Diamond, Matt Galle); Minor Alps (Jackie Nalpant); Taylor Hicks (Mat Adair); and many more.
-- Singer-songwriter Leah Turner signs a management deal with Morris Artist Management president Clint Higham. Her management team also includes Buffy Cooper and Kyle Quigley. Signed to Columbia Nashville in July, Turner is currently recording her debut album. Morris Artists Management also manages Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride and Jake Owen.
-- The Erv Woolsey Company signs a management agreement with country duo Branch & Dean. The group, comprised of Florida friends Steve Branch and Dean Scallan, are currently promoting their single “The Dash.” Erv Woolsey also manages country legend George Strait.
-- Imagen Music USA signs a worldwide, multi-year administration deal with reggae artist Jimmy Cliff. Cliff released his latest album, “Rebirth,” in 2012 and will be touring North America in September.
-- ole-bluestone inks a worldwide administration deal with songwriter and rapper Garland Mosley, the brother of producer Timbaland, who is also signed to ole. This marks the first deal under a new joint co-venture between ole and Timbaland.