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-- Vancouver-based band Hedley joins the roster of Capitol Records. The group will release its new EP, “Anything,” on Dec. 3. A full-length album is due in early 2014.
-- Partisan Records signs Portland, Ore.-based Ages and Ages. Working at Jackpot Studios with veteran Pacific Northwest producer Tony Lash (Elliott Smith, The Dandy Warhols, Eric Matthews), the group will release its second album, “Divisionary,” on March 25.
-- Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/producer Kerli signs with Ultra Music. The artist made her national TV debut in April on “Dancing With the Stars,” where she performed the single “Love Me or Leave Me” from her EP “Utopia.” A new single will be released early next year.
-- Glassnote Entertainment Group welcomes New York-based Panama Wedding to its roster. The group also signs also signs a worldwide publishing deal with Insieme Music Publishing. The group is working on its debut album. Panama Wedding is managed by Seth Kallen at This Side Up Management, and booked in North America by CAA’s Bobby Cory and Marlene Tsuchii. The Agency Group’s Natasha Bent handles booking in the U.K./Europe/Australia/Asia.
-- Merge inks Washington, D.C., trio Ex Hex. The group is working on its debut album, which will be released in 2014 and followed by a tour and appearance at South by Southwest.
-- Wale signs with WME in all areas. The rapper’s latest album, “The Gifted” (MMG/Atlantic), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in July. Wale is managed by Dan Weisman and Roc Nation. WME has also recently started working with rappers August Alsina and Rich Homie Quan.
-- Paradigm’s latest roster additions include Alice and the Glass Lake (responsible agent: Lawrence Lam), Bellarive (Dan Rauter), CeCe Winans (Sean Kelly, Mike Snider), Cub Sport (Larry Webman), the Districts (Kevin French), Gospels (Marty Diamond, Ash Mowry-Lewis), Jon Bellion (Matt Galle), Kate Davis (Kevin Kastrup, Seth Malasky), LIZ (Galle), Panic Is Perfect (Duffy McSwiggin, Jackie Nalpant), Samsaya (Jonathan Adelman), the Skins (Diamond), Solange (Diamond), Terraplane Sun (Diamond), This Century (Lam), and Whitney Wolanin (Bob Kinkead).
-- ICM Partners signs Dan Finnerty of the Dan Band in all areas. Finnerty, who has appeared in such films as “Old School” and “The Hangover,” has already released two comedy albums and is working on a third, called “The Wedding Album,” for Comedy Central Records. He is managed by Alex Murray at Brillstein Entertainment Group.
-- The Windish Agency signs De Lux (responsible agent: Avery McTaggart), Eekkoo (Max Alexandre), Kaiserdisco (Alexandre), Great Dane (Jen Van Eynde), Howling (Tom Windish, Ben Buchanan), Laurel (Buchanan), Mutual Benefit (Buchanan), Ry X (Buchanan), the Acid (Buchanan), Lazerdisk (Chris Baronner) TWRK (Baronner), Tim Green (Ryan Smith, Latane Hughes), Vertical Scratchers (Amy Davidman), Wet (Ryan Craven), Wild Ones (Ryan Farlow), William Fitzsimmons (Todd Walker) and Tony Molina (Marshall Betts).
-- The Agency Group adds Max and the Moon (for North America), Clear Plastic Masks (Canada) and Say Yes (Canada). Joan Lee/Bruce Solar (Max and the Moon), Zaed Maqbool/Rob Zifarelli (Clear Plastic Masks) and Maqbool/Zifarelli (Say Yes) are the responsible agents in those territories.
-- Violinist and Youtube star Lindsey Stirling enters into a worldwide publishing administration agreement with Reach Music Publishing, president Michael Closter tells Billboard. The agreement with Reach Music provides for global collections and creative representation.
-- Nasvhille-based Given Music Publishing, which launched in October, inks singer/songwriter Whitney Duncan. She signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2008 and co-wrote every song on her 2009 debut album, “Road Right Now.” She recently worked with Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and producer Paul Worley, and will be releasing new music in 2014.
-- Round Hill Music adds Texas-based four-piece Wild Party to its roster, which also includes American Authors, Sleepy Kitty, Isaac Delusion and Ghosty. “Their music is really fresh, fun, and sunny; it's got the type of feel-good vibe that works so perfectly in the licensing world,” Round Hill creative director Mallory Zumbach says. “These guys write great songs, plain and simple, and we are psyched to be working with them!"
-- Magic Mustang Music re-signs songwriter Westin Davis to its publishing roster. The Florida native worked with Kip Moore on single “Young Love,” which appears on Moore’s second album on MCA Nashville. His songwriting credits also include “Let’s Fight” (Thompson Square) and “Good Girl” (Tracy Lawrence).