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-- Boy George signs with Kobalt to release his first new album of original songs in 18 years. The album, “This Is What I Do,” will be released on Boy George’s ‘Very Me’ Record Label via Kobalt Label Services Oct. 28. The release will be supported by a string of U.K. concert dates in November.
-- Nettwerk Music Group adds singer-songwriter Ben Cooper (aka Radical Face) to its worldwide label roster, which also includes Family of the Year, Passenger, BOY, Boy & Bear, Angus & Julia Stone and William Fitzsimmons. Radical Face will release “The Family Tree: The Branches” through Nettwerk Records on Oct. 22.
-- Country icon and recent Billboard Magazine cover artist George Strait extends his recording contract with MCA Nashville for an additional five albums. UMG Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan announced the news during an Aug. 28 event at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center in honor of Strait. He originally signed to MCA Nashville in 1981.
-- Astralwerks Records signs German DJ, producer and Mirau label-head Tensnake (real name: Marco Niemerski). Tensnake recently released the two-track single "58 BPM/See Right Through" (featuring Fiora). He has a handful of U.S. concert dates booked for October and November.
-- Queens rap crew World’s Fair has been added to the Fool’s Gold Records artist roster. The seven-member group will release its debut album, “Bastards of the Party” on Sept. 3 through Fool’s Gold.
-- Iconic regional Mexican group Banda El Recodo renews its recording contract with Universal Music Latin Entertainment. Banda El Recodo’s newest single is slated to go on sale Sept. 3, and the band will release a new album in October.
-- Radikal Records sings the territory rights in the U.S. and Canada for the Matt Cardle/Melanie C single “Loving You” and the Audio Playground/Snoop Lion single “You Never Know.” The label has also signed territory rights in the U.S. and Canada of Ayah Marar’s debut album, “The Real.”
-- Rapper Rick Ross signs with ICM Partners for representation in all areas. Ross’ responsible agents for concerts at ICM are Zach Iser and Caroline Yim. His previous live bookings were handled in-house. ICM also represents a wide range of acts, including Beyonce, Muse, the Strokes, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big Sean, Alice in Chains and Cage the Elephant, among others.
-- Full-service talent firm the Agency Group sings new bands Crystal Antlers (for the U.K./Europe), Cultura Profetica (North America) and the Glorious Sons (Canada). TAG's Ed Thompson (Crystal Antlers), Dave Poe (Cultura Profetica) and Adam Kreeft (Glorious Sons) are the responsible agents in those territories. See the latest issue of Billboard Magazine for a “Questions Answered” feature with the Agency Group president of North America Steve Martin, which includes photos of his New York office. Purchase the latest issue of Billboard here or subscribe here.
-- Ground Control Touring adds bands Power Trip, Waxahatchee and Swearin to its roster of artists, which also includes Bright Eyes, Sonic Youth, Titus Andronicus, She & Him, Neutral Milk Hotel and the Julie Ruin. The responsible agent for the three groups is Timmy Hefner.
-- Longtime manager and industry veteran Kevin Wommack takes on rock artist Ben Kweller as a management client. Kweller has also tapped Wommack as president of his record label, the Noise Company. The label recently signed the band Wild Child, which will release its new Kweller-produced album, "the Runaround," on Oct. 8.
-- Artist Brand Group sings R&B acts ATIA and Jae Ali, rapper Aaron Bell, and DJ/producer duo the Surrenderz (Yann Espinosa and Sabil Fernandes). ABG is an artist management company launched earlier this year by artist/producer Sebastian Jones, who has co-written with Kat Deluna.
-- BMG Chrysalis US announces a worldwide publishing deal with Chicago rock quintet the Orwells. The group’s debut album, “Remember When,” was released on Aquarium Drunkard's Autumn Tone Records in 2012. The band is releasing a new EP, “Who Needs You,” in September. The first single, “Who Needs You,” was produced by Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio). Larry Little manages the Orwells.