New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More


The Jackie Boyz (l-r): Steven and Carlos Battey

A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. 


-- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait. She will release a two-track digital single on Dec. 2 featuring Sia’s “Chandelier” and Christmas classic “Santa Baby.” Her debut full-length album is scheduled for release in spring 2015.

 -- Flannel Gurl Records welcomes Nashville-based math rock duo Gnarwhal, which is expected to drop a new album early next year.

-- Country rock act Logan Mize inks a recording contract with Arista Nashville, an imprint of Sony Music Nashville. His first single for the label, “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time,” will ship to country radio on Nov. 17, with an official airplay impact date of Jan. 19. Mize will support Dustin Lynch on his 2014 Taste of Country Christmas Tour.

-- Rogue Records America signs Swedish death metal group Deathbreed to a three-record deal. The band’s first album under the agreement, New World Order, is due Jan. 30.

-- Tasmanian metal band Psycroptic joins the roster of Prosthetic Records. The group will release a new self-titled album in the spring.

-- Wind-Up Records nabs Austin-based quartet Speak. "After seeing Speak play live in [New York], it was clear that they were very talented, complex musicians, who made a very organic and pure connection to the audience,” Wind-Up’s Ed Vetri says.

-- Spinefarm Records, the hard rock label owned by the Universal Music Group, signs Wolfheart. The band will re-release its 2013 debut, Winterborn, with two additional bonus tracks on Feb. 3. Wolfheart is currently finishing its new album, Shadow World, which is scheduled for release in mid-2015.

-- Son Lux joins the roster of Glassnote Records. Led by Ryan Lott, New York-based Son Lux is working on a new album for 2015. He also arranged the score for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The label also signs mother-and-son duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, which plans to release its debut album in early 2015.

-- Skrillex’s OWSLA label welcomes Sydney EDM act Carmada. The group, comprised of members Yahtzel and LDRU, will release an EP in the near future.

-- BBR Music Group welcomes country act Jordan Rager. The 20-year-old Georgia native, who is co-managed by Barry Williams and Pete Hartung, is recording his debut album with producer Jeremy Stover. BBR also signs Brooke Eden. She’s also working on her debut album. Expect her first single to hit country radio in early 2015.

-- Atlantic Records adds New Zealand-based singer/songwriter Janine and the Mixtape, whose debut EP, Dark Mind, will be re-released through U.S. digital service providers on Nov. 4. The group is managed by Andy Murnane.


-- Paradise Artists signs The Mojo Gurus for worldwide touring and personal appearances. The company’s Trip Brown represents the group. Paradise also books such acts as Paul Rodgers and The Winery Dogs.

-- The Windish Agency adds Chad Lawson; Chassol; Deru; French Kiwi Juice; Karol Conka; Kilter; Loscil; Omniflux; The Church; Tunji Ige; and Young Ejecta.

-- Paradigm welcomes Ace Hood; Anderson East; Barry and Stuart; The Black and the White; George Maple; Laleh; Lau; Ming City Rockers; Rhodes; The Tenors; Tigger; Waterloo Revival; and The Willis Clan.

-- AM Only signs Astronomar; Bare; Jauz; Sam Feldt and Wuki.


-- Round Hill Music acquired Root 49 Music, whose song catalogs include songwriters Bridgette Tatum, Danny Myrick and Odie Blackmon.

-- Universal Music Publishing Australia signs a global music publishing deal with Bamboos frontman Lance Ferguson. The Melbourne-based singer/songwriter is also a broadcaster and DJ, and issues pop/electronica under the name LANU.

-- Grammy-winning songwriters/producers Jackie Boyz partner with Razor & Tie Music Publishing for a worldwide publishing deal. The joint venture will focus on signing and developing new songwriters and producers. The duo -- consisting of brothers Carlos and Steven Battey -- has worked with such artists as David Guetta, Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo and Big Time Rush.


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