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 [email protected] for inclusion in our regular report.
-- Country icon Dolly Parton signs with Sony Masterworks to release her new album, “Blue Smoke,” in New Zealand and Australia on Jan. 31. The album rollout, a partnership between Sony and the singer’s Dolly Records, will be released in the U.S. and Europe in May.
-- Universal Music Group renews its partnership with Queen. The new long-term deal will include new Queen projects, including rare and unreleased material and a film, as well as a new exhibition in Montreux, Switzerland. The agreement, which covers the world outside North America, arrives three years after Queen first signed with UMG.
-- Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records signs the Los Angeles-based hip-hop group OverDoz. The act recently opened on tour for A$AP Ferg and has released the mixtape “Boom,” which features Juicy J, Problem, Nipsey Hussle and DJ Drama, among others. Polo Ground’s roster also includes A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, A$AP Mob and rapper Lantana.
-- Wind-up Records welcomes Pennsylvania band Crobot. The group is currently working with producer Machine (Lamb of God, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes) on an album it plans to release in 2014.
-- Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp joins the roster of Cherrytree Records/Interscope. In November, the group’s Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland released their first single since 2011, “Running To The Sea,” on their label Dog Triumph through Cherrytree Records/Interscope.
-- Capitol Records signs singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, who recently gained notoriety for writing the hook to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' marriage-equality anthem “Same Love.” The song is nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy. Lambert, who has recently been touring with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, released her debut EP, “Welcome To The Age of My Body,” on Dec. 17. Eric Rosse produced the set.
-- Brooklyn-based indie Captured Tracks signs Perfect Pussy. The band is working on its full-length debut album, scheduled for release in early 2014.
-- Bigger Picture Group inks country artist Chelsea Bain to an exclusive worldwide recording agreement. In 2013, she performed on the Coca-Cola Stage at more than 40 NASCAR races.
-- Legendary songwriter James McMurtry joins Los Angeles-based record label Complicated Game for the release of his sixth album, the follow-up to 2008’s “Just Us Kids.” “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” McMurtry says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record.”
-- Creative Artists Agency signs hip-hop act Pusha T, who in October 2013 released his full-length debut album, “My Name Is My Name,” which bowed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. ICM Partners previously represented him. Pusha T will be touring the U.S. with fellow rapper 2 Chainz in 2014 and will support Chase & Status on upcoming shows in the U.K. Pusha T is managed by Steven Victor, and his attorneys are Theodor Sedlmayr and Charlie Scott at Sedlmayr & Associates.
-- The Agency Group adds Plain White T’s (for the U.S.; responsible agent: Ken Fermaglich), the King Khan & BBQ Show (North America; Dave Kaplan and Alisa Preisler), Sergio Mendes (North America; Guy Richard), Faith Evans (worldwide; Larry Shields), Big Kenny Presents Electro Shine Tour (Nick Meinema), Huey Mack (North America; Jeremy Holgersen), and Charlotte Rampling (North America; Christian Bernhardt).
-- Tate Stevens, the 2012 winner of “The X Factor,” joins the roster of APA. He is signed with Scott Siman of RPME for management.
-- The Billions Corporation welcomes Avers (responsible agent: Ali Hedrick) and Guerilla Toss (Andrew Morgan) to its roster.
-- The Windish Agency signs: Casual Sex (responsible agent: Marshall Betts), Dave Clarke (Steve Goodgold, Ryan Smith), Ryley Walker (Ryan Farlow), the Wytches (Ben Buchanan), Uberjak'd (Evan Hancock), Obey City (Hancock), Purple (Hancock), Tropkillaz (Brad Owen), Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (Todd Walker), Sweater Beats (Chris Baronner, Latane Hughes), Dream Koala (Amy Davidman), Daniel Bortz (Ryan Smith), Gladiator Live (Walker, Alex Rabens), Rone (Ryan Craven), the Kite String Tangle (Tom Windish, Avery McTaggart), An Irish Christmas (Walker, Rabens), Sango (Hughes), BROODS (Doug Croy, Windish), Elekfantz (Owen), Farao (Walker), Grupo Fantasma (Walker), Kris Bowers (Walker), Noosa (Walker, Rabens), Space Dimension Controller (Oli Isaacs), and Tim Green (Smith, Hughes)
-- Songwriter Jess Cates signs an exclusive worldwide agreement with Disney Music Publishing. He has worked with such artists as Backstreet Boys, Martina McBride, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, JC Chasez, Nick Lachey and Jonas Brothers. The DMP deal is in association with Cates’ frequent songwriting collaborator Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou.
-- ole concludes a worldwide administration deal with singer/songwriter/producer Billy Falcon. The agreement also includes songs from Bon Jovi’s 2013 album, “What About Now,” including the lead single "Because We Can." Artists who’ve recorded songs by Falcon include Stevie Nicks, Cher, Manfred Mann, Sherrie Austin, Meatloaf, Trace Adkins and Faith Hill.
-- Warner/Chappell Music inks a worldwide co-publishing agreement with country singer/songwriter Brandon Lay. WCM also extends its worldwide co-publishing agreement with country songwriter Ashley Gorley, who wrote “That’s My Kind Of Night” (Luke Bryan) and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (Randy Houser).