Publishing Briefs: Ole Goes On Buying Spree, Atlas Signs Counting Crows

Canadian indie publisher ole has acquired music assets for more than 40 albums from the Anthem Entertainment Group's Mark-Cain publishing catalog, which includes the associated master recordings of Taurus Records. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the acquired assets include the publisher and masters for such Canadian artist as Max Webster, Ian Thomas, Lawrence Gowan, The Reason, Coney Hatch, Boys Brigade, Rikers, Spoons, and Aerial

The catalog includes such songs as “A Million Vacations,” “Let Go the Line,” and “Paradise Skies” by Max Webster; “Painted Ladies” by Ian Thomas; “A Criminal Mind,” “All the Lovers in the World,” and “When There’s Time (for Love)” by Lawrence Gowan.

“ole is very pleased to be able to work with such an amazing legacy of Canadian songs, recordings, and with the artists that created them,” said Robert Ott, chairman and CEO of ole. “For many of us, these songs are an integral part of the soundtrack of our lives, and we look forward to bringing them to new and wider audiences.”

ole previously acquired the Rush catalog, which was administered by Core Music, a division of Anthem Entertainment Group. That deal was announced in May 2014. “ole has proven itself to be a major force in the rights management world, and …we're confident that our songs are in good hands," said Ray Danniels, CEO/president of the Anthem Entertainment Group and SRO (Standing Room Only) Management Inc.

-- Atlas Music Publishing has signed the Counting Crows to a global music publishing deal, which includes the band's entire catalog except for its most recent album.

Through the deal, Atlas Music Publishing will now administer such songs as “Mr. Jones”, “Accidentally In Love”, “Round Here”, “A Long December” and “Colourblind" for the band.

"The Counting Crows have a legacy of writing hits centered around unforgettable storytelling, beautiful harmonies, superior musicianship, and of course Adam Duritz’s distinctive vocals but it’s also the deeper catalog that has all of us at Atlas really excited about our new partnership with the band," Atlas music chief creative officer Jennifer Blakeman said in a statement. "By exposing the depth and quality of not only the hits, but the gems within the catalog, songs like “Goodnight LA”, “Why You Should Come When I Call”, “Mercury” and “Insignificant” can speak to the leagues of loyal fans and also to a new generation of listeners.” 

-- Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville has renewed its exclusive publishing agreement with Sam Ellis, who co-wrote four songs on Hunter Hayes latest album, Storyline.

“Over the past several years, we’ve been fortunate to have a front row seat to watch Sam’s songwriting and production skills blossom, UMPG Nashville executive vp Kent Earls said in a statement. "Sam’s potential is limitless and UMPG is looking forward to watching Sam’s unique talent continue to grow.” 

-- Warner/Chappel Music has signed singer/songwriter David Cook to a global co-publishing agreement.
Cook, who moved to Nashville in 2012, is currently working on music for his new album -- a collection of tracks he wrote and self-produced, including the new single “Wait For Me.” In addition to his own music, Cook  co-wrote the  single “Kiss You Tonight,” by David Nail.

“I'm excited to get involved with Warner/Chappell and work with some of the best songwriters in the industry,” Cook said in a statement.  “I'm looking forward to furthering my songwriting career with them.”

-- Insieme Music Publishing, an affiliate of Glassnote, has signed Rory Andrew to a worldwide publishing deal.
Andrew, whose songs have been cut by Tamia (Def Jam), Eliot Sumner (Island) and Parson James (RCA), "is an all around triple threat -- he’s an incredible songwriter, producer, and artist with a natural gift for melody," said Insieme executive Jenna Rubenstein. "The coming year will be one of huge growth for Rory, and for and our entire publishing company. ”

In addition to Andrew, Insieme's catalog includes Robert DeLong, HOLYCHILD, Brad Oberhofer, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Cara Salimando, Jeremy Messersmith, GIVERS, Peter Kirk, Tor Miller, Deap Vally, Half Moon Run, and Jonny Wright.

-- The Harry Fox Agency Slingshot operation is assisting CDBaby with data management and royalty administration services for music publishing royalties.

“Slingshot’s goal is to streamline the royalty administration process for distributors and enable payments to rights holders,” HFA's vp of strategy and business development Lauren Apolito said in a statement.  “We are pleased to work with CD Baby to simplify the royalty process so it can focus on enhancing its client offerings.”


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