-- Morrissey signs a worldwide recording deal with Harvest Records. His first album under the agreement will be released later this year. Morrissey is recording the set -- his first since “Years Of Refusal” in 2009 -- later this month in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli.
-- 4AD welcomes noise-pop band Merchandise to its roster. The quintet is currently in its Tampa, Fla., working on its debut album for the indie label. A release date has not yet been scheduled.
-- Country music newcomer Joe Bachman inks a recording deal with Rock Ridge Music. Additionally, the company will also co-manage Bachman with his longtime manager Frank Annunziata of Anderson Entertainment.
-- Yep Roc Records signs songwriter Jonah Tolchin. He has also inked a publishing deal with Riff City Sounds. Tolchin will release a full-length album, titled “Clover Lane,” this summer.
-- Melbourne-based neo soul/indie-pop act the Bamboos join the roster of Nettwerk Music Group. The nine-piece’s new album, “Fever in the Road,” will be released on April 1.
-- The Billions Corporation welcomes James Supercave to its roster. The artist’s responsible agent is Steven Himmelfarb.
-- The Windish Agency signs Cruiser (responsible agent: Daniel Traci), Dopapod (John Bongiorno), Empire Divide (Tom Windish), Favored Nations (Chris Baronner), Guy J (Jen Van Eynde), Morgan Delt (Bongiorno), Move D (Ryan Smith), Orchestra of Spheres (Bongiorno), Rone (Ryan Craven), the Musical Box (Bongiorno), the New Mastersounds (Bongiorno) and Trippy Turtle (Sam Hunt, Latane Hughes).
-- Country music singer/songwriter Maggie Rose joins the roster of APA Nashville. The artist’s new single, “Looking Back Now,” will be released on Jan. 21 through RPM Entertainment.
-- Paradigm adds: Best of Friends (responsible agents: Jason Kupperman, Lawrence Lam); Busy Living (Jonathan Adelman); Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 (Lynn Cingari, Kevin Kastrup); Diane Birch (Marty Diamond, Andrea Ambrosia); Donny Osmond (for symphonies only, Seth Malasky); Hippie Sabotage (Matt Adler); the Hunts (Adelman, Diamond); Izzy Bizu (Dan Weiner); Jamie Wilson (Clint Wiley); Jimi Goodwin (Steve Ferguson); Joy Behar (Ed Micone); Krystal Keith (Curt Motley); Marrow (Larry Webman, Adelman); Naughty Boy (Diamond, Matt Galle); Paradise Fears (Kupperman); Radical Something (Adler); Rosie Lowe (Ferguson); SoMo (Galle, Adler); Stu Larsen (Diamond, Ash Mowry-Lewis); Susie Essman (Micone); TC Cope (Bob Kinkead, Kama Upton); Teddy Thompson (Ferguson); Vancouver Sleep Clinic (Diamond, Galle); Victoria Ghost (Motley); and the White Panda (Adler).
-- Warp Music Publishing signs an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Death Grips, which comprises band members Stefan Burnett (aka MC Ride), Zach Hill, Andy Morin (aka Flatlander). The agreement includes the Sacramento, Calif., group’s prior albums and future songs.
-- Reservoir adds Phantogram to its growing roster, which includes MØ, Ida Corr, For A Minor Reflection and Slakah the Beatchild. The deal includes individual songwriter agreements with Phantogram collaborators Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter and will fold in the group’s two previous releases later in 2014. The duo will release a new album, “Voices,” on Feb. 18. Reservoir senior VP of creative and business development Faith Newman spearheaded the deal. Phantogram is managed by Barsuk Records co-founder Josh Rosenfeld.
-- Razor & Tie Music Publishing and Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records has announced a joint venture. The first signing is New York-based songwriter and artist Shaina Taub. The companies plan to sign a host of other theatrical composers and writers under the new venture.