--- INgrooves Music Publishing, which was launched by digital music distributor INgrooves Music Group in July, has announced a slew of signings, including reggae artist Stephen Marley, folk-rock band Jamestown Revival, U.K. recording artist Naty, electronic producer and remixer Sinclair, electronic-Latin artist Federico Aubele, the Better Days duo of Mark Flaherty and Thomas Zoranski; and the publishing arms of Dirty Hit Records, Iboga Records, and Lost My Dog.
Dirty Hits Records owner Jamie Oborne said in a statement that his newly launched publishing company Dirty Hit Songs had just signed its first songwriter Amber Bain, who "exemplifies our shared vision to support and grow unique and original songwriters and artists."
In a statement, INgrooves senior VP of music publishing, licensing and rights solutions Olivier Chastan said, "I could not imagine a better start for 2014 than to be joined by such talented artists and executives. We hope to become the supportive haven and artistic asylum for songwriters that we imagined when we launched last year in July."
--- BMG Chrysalis has signed the 3 Winans Brothers gospel group to a publishing and artist services deal. The group's new album, "Foreign Land," will be released through BMG this Spring.
"The Winans' impact on the history of gospel and R&B music is unquestionable, and the fact that Bebe, Marvin, and Carvin have come together, along with the remarkable producer, Rodney Jerkins to continue to shape its future is both inspired, and inspiring," BMG Chrysalis North America executive VP of creative and business development Richard Blackstone said in a statement. "I am thrilled that the brothers have chosen BMG to be the home for their recordings and publishing. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with these gifted artists."
--- Round Hill Music has signed an administration deal with artist Ryan Shaw, who has released three albums to date.
"Ryan is as talented a songwriter as he is a gifted and deeply soulful performer," said Round Hill Music marketing coordinator Amy Birnbaum in a statement.
--- Riptide Music Group has been formed by the merger of Riptide Music and Pigfactory, two Los Angeles-based sync licensing and publishing companies.
Riptide's newly combined music roster includes songs by Fatboy Slim Iggy Pop, the Turtles, Deadly Avenger, Airborne Toxic Event and Dirty Vegas.
“By coming together to form Riptide Music Group, we believe we can offer our administration clients the greatest possible exposure to worldwide sync opportunities of anyone in the industry," Pigfactory CEO Keatly Haldeman, who will remain with the merged company, said in a statement.
The company’s services include the worldwide synchronization of music for advertising, movie trailers, television, film and videogames. In addition, the company will also provide services for the international collection of publishing royalties.
“There is a real need within the entertainment, media, and advertising industries today for a publishing administration company with an equally strong focus on both proactive sync and worldwide royalty collection,” Riptide Music president Rich Goldman said in a statement. “Riptide Music Group now fills that need.”
The newly merged company now has three operating units: Riptide Rights, which oversees publishing and master rights for administration and synchronization representation; Riptide One, a curated catalog where the firm controls both master and publishing rights from independent artists, producers and composers for sync licensing; and Pacifica Music Library, a production music library which offers music for all visual media.