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The Deals: 'Rascal' Artist RMR Joins Warner Records, Arts Music Rides Along With 'Daniel Tiger'

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Warner Records, in partnership with CMNTY RCRDS, has signed masked artist RMR, who last month scored a viral YouTube hit with the video for his song "Rascal," a reworking of Rascal Flatts’ 2000 track “Bless the Broken Road.” The deal was announced Friday (April 10).

RMR is the premier artist on the roster of CMNTY RCRDS, which is led by Phil Lawrence, Malik Rasheed and Chief Johnson.

“We’re excited to partner with our longtime friends at CMNTY for RMR, who is an artist unlike any other,” said Warner Records co-chairman and CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck in a statement. “RMR’s raw talent and urgent sound have ignited a cultural firestorm, and Tom Corson and I are thrilled to welcome him to the Warner Records family.”

The first release under the new deal is the track “Dealer,” with a video directed by Gabe Hostetler.

 


 

In.Digg.Nation Collective, the label and artist management company founded by Jamaican reggae artist Protoje, has struck a deal with Six Course/RCA Records, it was announced Monday (April 13).

Under the deal, Protoje -- along with In.Digg.Nation artists Lila Iké and Sevana -- will release projects through a multi-album venture. First up is the new single and video for Lila Iké’s “I Spy,” produced by Izy Beats, which will be featured on her forthcoming debut EP. New music from Sevana and Protoje will follow later in the year.

Founded in 2014, In.Digg.Nation Collective was established to “unite like-minded talent and and evolve Jamaica’s limitless export of music.”

“I’ve always felt that one of the biggest challenges for Jamaican artists is the lack of exposure on the world stage,” said Protoje in a statement. “With a label as globally strong as RCA, they are able to provide us a platform to showcase our talents on an even broader international level.”

Added Six Course Media Group CEO and RCA Records senior vp, marketing Archie Davis, “Reggae is quickly moving to the forefront of what’s happening in music globally. Protoje and his collective at In.Digg.Nation are leading the way, and taking the genre and culture to new heights.”

 


 

Warner Music Group’s Arts Music division has signed a worldwide partnership with Fred Rogers Productions for its Emmy-winning animated children’s series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, it was announced April 8.

New music from the series will be released under the deal, while existing songs will be made immediately available across a wide swath of digital services in both the U.S. and abroad.

“Music has always been a key part of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” said Fred Rogers Productions president and CEO Paul Siefken in a statement. “It’s what helps make the parenting strategies featured in each episode of the series so effective and useful for preschoolers and families in their everyday lives.”

 


 

Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG announced April 7 that the label has re-signed gospel singer-songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard. The deal extends the Grammy winner’s longtime relationship with the label and its publishing company Capitol CMG Publishing.

“Tasha is undeniably one of the most impactful gospel and worship artists and writers of our time,” said Motown Gospel co-executive director EJ Gaines in a statement.

Leonard is additionally celebrating the launch of her own label imprint, TeeLee Records, which will focus on launching the next generation of worship artists. The first signee is singer-songwriter Anna Golden, who has been mentored by Leonard since appearing on her 2017 album Heart. Passion. Pursuit.

Said Motown Gospel co-executive director Monica Coates of the new imprint, “Tasha began her career mentoring other worship leaders. It is truly a joy to see her ministry passion reflected in this new business venture.”

 


 

Heavy metal band Wilderun has signed to Century Media Records, it was announced Thursday (April 16).

The first release under the deal will be Wilderun’s latest album Veil of Imagination, described as a cross between “exquisitely-composed orchestrations and savage metal.”

Formed in 2012 and based out of Boston, Wilderun plays variations on metal, prog, folk and orchestral music. The group – which consists of Evan Anderson Berry, Dan Müller, Jon Teachey, Joe Gettler and Wayne Ingram -- has previously released two albums: 2012’s Olden Tales & Deathly Trails and 2015’s Sleep at the Edge of the Earth.

In a statement, Century Media vp of A&R Michael Gitter described Veil of Imagination as an album "that merges elements of extreme metal with a progressive poignancy and grandiose ambitions that only fully reveal themselves after many listens,” while Century Media director Philipp Schulte called it “progressive metal in its highest form” and “a statement for innovation and progression in a scene far too often ridden with stagnation and reactionary development.”

 


 

Pop singer-songwriter Drea Jeann has signed with Intercept Music for enhanced online marketing and distribution services, it was announced Tuesday (April 14).

“Drea is an artist with a depth of soul we don’t see very often,” said Intercept Music CEO Tod Turner in a statement. “She’s part Norah Jones, part Amy Winehouse and committed to telling her truth through her music. It’s therapy for her and we’re seeing people drawn to her honesty. Drea’s music comes from a dark and messy place but her vulnerability cracks the veneer of all things superficial. We're very gratified to help her focus on making more great work, while we handle the details of promoting her magic to a global audience.”

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