Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@Billboard.com for inclusion in our regular report. Click here for the last signings post.
-- Island Records signs 14-year-old singer Madison Beer. Discovered by Justin Bieber on YouTube, Beer recently released her debut single, “Melodies,” on iTunes and Radio Disney. The song’s accompanying music video features Bieber. Beer is also known for singing the theme song to Mattel’s web animated series “Monster High.”
-- Newly launched Nashville-based 101 Ranch Records announces singer/songwriter/actor/producer/filmmaker Mark Collie as its first artist signing. Industry veteran Doug Howard will serve as the label’s president. Tammy Collie, VP/GM of RayLynn Records, is also a member of 101 Ranch’s management team. The new label was founded by RayLynn creator Bob Simpson.
-- Bluegrass/folk/country trio the Ben Miller Band joins the artist roster at New West Records. "I saw the band briefly at SXSW a few years ago and was intrigued," New West president George Fontaine, Sr. said in a statement.” The three-piece will enter the studio this fall with producer Vance Powell, and will play select dates with ZZ Top in October.
-- Astralwerks Records signs alt-electro quartet Parade of Lights. The band plans to release an EP later this year.
-- Ethiopia-born and San Francisco-based artist Meklit Hadero signs with Six Degrees Records. Her Six Degrees debut will be released in early 2014. Meklit is managed by Deborah Cohen.
-- Neon Gold/Columbia Records announces the signing of Boston synth-rock act Magic Man, which released its debut EP, “You Are Here,” on Sept. 10. The band is currently supporting Walk the Moon on U.S. club dates.
-- Steamhammer/SPV signs German gothic metal band Crematory. The group’s newest album, “Antiserum,” will be released stateside on Feb. 24, 2014. "I am delighted that Crematory have opted for SPV,” the label’s A&R manager Olly Hahn said in a statement. “They're one of the leading bands in the gothic metal genre, and their latest album ‘Antiserum’ impresses with its homogeneity and hit potential."
-- Full-service talent and literary agency Resolution signs Chris Brown for worldwide representation in all areas. Resolution senior VP Phil Casey, who will serve as Brown’s agent alongside Everly Lee, tells Billboard.biz that Brown is ready to work and rebuild his public image. Read the in-depth interview about Resolution’s plan to rebuild Brown’s career here.
-- The Agency Group adds Boy & Bear (for North America), Panama Wedding (worldwide, excluding North and South America), Drowners (worldwide), Basecamp (Canada) to its client roster. Rob Zifarelli (Boy & Bear), Natasha Bent/Ed Thompson/Dave Kaplan (Drowners), Zaed Maqbool (Basecamp) are the responsible agents in those territories.
-- Paradigm’s latest roster additions include Sage the Gemini (responsible agents: Matt Galle, Lawrence Lam), SWIMM (Marty Diamond), and the Wind and the Wave (Steve Ferguson, Brian Hill).
-- Christian pop singer Natasha Owens signs with New York artist manager/consultant Stefano DiBenedetto of the Hang Productions. Owens is working with producer Jacob Lowery, who’ll film three live performances that will be available on YouTube in the upcoming weeks.
-- Brooklyn-based producer, musician and songwriter Matty Amendola signs with Joe D'Ambrosio Management, which also includes such clients as Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Kaiser Chiefs), Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Queen, Beck), Hugh Padgham (Paul McCartney, the Police) and Jay Newland (Norah Jones, Ayo).
-- BMG Chrysalis announces the signing of songwriter Dylan Altman, who has penned such songs as “Take A Little Ride” (Jason Aldean) and “Barefoot Bluejean Night” (Jake Owen). Over the years the Nashville-based, Berklee-trained musician has secured songs for artists like Tim McGraw, the Eli Young Band, Trace Adkins, Eric Paslay, Will Hoge and Gabe Dixon.
-- SONGS Music Publishing signs a worldwide co-publishing agreement with the Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye). The deal encompasses past and future releases, including the Weeknd's upcoming sophomore album, "Kiss Land" (Sept. 10 via Universal/XO), and last year's "Trilogy," a compilation of his mixtapes "House of Balloons," "Thursday," and "Echoes of Silence." SONGS represents more than 350 contemporary and catalog songwriters, including Diplo, Nelly, Jose Gonzales and Conor Oberst.