Sony/ATV Signs Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock to TwentySeven Joint Venture

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Molly Adams
Barry Weiss, Jenna Andrews, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has inked a worldwide deal with Little Mix members Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock through its new joint venture TwentySeven Music Publishing.

The venture is led by industry veteran and RECORDS label founder Barry Weiss and songwriter Jenna Andrews, who is also an A&R consultant for RECORDS.

“We’re an unlikely pairing of business and creative but the alchemy really works," said Weiss and Andrews. "We’re ready to kill it in the world of music publishing and are excited about Little Mix, our other new signings and the opportunity to partner with everyone at Sony/ATV.”

British girl group Little Mix have scored 14 top 10 singles in the U.K., including five No. 1 hits, and achieved five top five albums. Stateside, DNA became the first debut release by a British girl band to enter the Billboard 200's top five back in 2013, and the group has since landed three tracks on the Hot 100.

Adds Thirlwall and Pinnock: “We’re so excited to be a part of the Sony/ATV and TwentySeven team! It feels amazing after eight years in the industry to be recognized as songwriters! We can’t wait to begin our journey with Jenna Andrews and Barry Weiss.”

Joining Thirlwall and Pinnock on the initial TwentySeven roster are singer-songwriter Anna Clendening and New Jersey songwriter, producer, engineer and DJ Rob Grimaldi, who has worked extensively with Capitol Records act Queen Naija. The joint venture has also snagged an administration deal with Wide Open Music, whose own roster includes songwriters Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell and Ash Bowers and which co-published Brett Young’s Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 hit “In Case You Didn’t Know.”

"We are very excited to have launched this new joint venture with TwentySeven Music Publishing," said Sony/ATV Music Publishing co-president, U.S. Danny Strick. "Barry’s long and distinguished record in the industry speaks for itself and he has a first-rate partner in Jenna whose talents as a Sony/ATV songwriter are coupled with her gifts for discovering and nurturing talent. The JV is off to a great start with Little Mix and embodies the high expectations we have for this partnership.”

TwentySeven's operations include a studio setup in Los Angeles, where A&R consultant Randi Razzano is based. Up next, the publishing venture plans to appoint an A&R consultant focusing on urban.