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The Deals: Daniel Lanois Signs With BMG; Chrysalis & Tommy Boy Get Proper Distribution

Also this week: Avex USA expands its music startup investment fund, Downtown gets into business with Geejam Music and more.

Producer, musician, vocalist and songwriter Daniel Lanois has signed with BMG for his catalog and future works. The BMG catalog team will now be responsible for all but one of Lanois’ 13 solo albums. His first new album under the deal will be Player, Piano, which is slated to be released by BMG’s Modern Recordings label on September 23.

Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records, both a part of the Reservoir group of companies, signed a global distribution deal, excluding the Americas, with Utopia’s Proper Music Group. Proper now handles physical distribution of catalog for both labels and will also power the backend for Chrysalis and Tommy Boy’s direct-to-consumer businesses.


Avex USA has expanded its music startup investment program Future of Music Fund with a $25 million investment. With the $25 million expansion, the company is broadening the scope of its investment in music tech startups to early-stage startups and digital assets including crypto and NFTs, with a focus on Web3, the metaverse and the creator economy. Avex USA’s investment committee includes president Naoki Osada, senior vp Lucas Thomashow and senior vp of finance Ryusuke (Ryan) Kamada.

Downtown Music Services signed a global publishing administration and label services deal with international music company Geejam Music, which encompasses Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The agreement will cover Geejam’s existing catalog and roster of songwriters as well as the company’s newest signings, production duo Shakoo & John Coop and dancehall artist Skeng. In a statement, Geejam Music and Studios founder Jon Baker said the partnership “will provide an international platform for the release of homegrown Jamaican music via the Geejam Music label and see the reactivation of Gee Street Recordings for our international artistes with an A&R presence in the UK and US.”

ASM Global signed a multi-year strategic blueprint with cloud software company Infor for a fully-integrated booking, sales, food & beverage and event management platform for both domestic and international venues. ASM will begin implementing the software this month at select ASM Global stadiums, arenas, theaters and convention centers in the U.S., with a full rollout expected to be complete by December.

Dreamliner Luxury Coaches, which provides luxury coach transportation to artists nationwide, acquired Diamond Coach Leasing from its longtime owner Kylee Ervin, more than doubling its fleet in the process. Through the acquisition, which was financed by Caprice Capital Partners, Dreamliner also established its new corporate headquarters and southeast coast facility in Nashville. Ervin will remain involved in bus builds and serve on Dreamliner’s board of directors.

Lickd, a service that provides video creators with access to label-owned music, signed a 24-month partnership with metaverse district Vegas City within Decentraland that will see it providing commercial music to Vegas City partners and tenants. Under the agreement, Lickd will supply curated playlists and genre-specific “radio channels” to Vegas City’s music player, which provides background music to venues and public spaces within Vegas City and greater Decentraland.

Groove Science Studios, creator of the virtual reality music platform Soundscape VR, added Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators‘ live album Live at Studios 60 to its Magic Mirror Musical Metaverse. Fans can also experience 10 songs from Slash and the group’s latest studio album, 4, in Soundscape’s Magic Mirror metaverse, which combines VR, augmented reality (AR) and the internet.

Pianist, DJ, producer, entrepreneur, activist and Femme House founder LP Giobbi signed with Ninja Tune via the label’s Counter Records imprint. LP Giobbi’s first release under the deal is the new single “All In A Dream” feat. DJ Tennis and Joseph Ashworth.

Global music service provider Rehegoo Music Group partnered with B2B music streaming technology specialist Tuned Global to launch a new digital streaming service that will provide background music for businesses using Tuned Global’s backend services, analytics and content management system. Dubbed Music for Spaces, the service boasts a library of fully-licensed, mood-based playlists and personalized recommendations based on a user’s music preferences. Music for Spaces will offer annual subscriptions providing full access to 13,000 tracks via Rehogoo’s direct licensing agreements with unsigned artists in 50 countries.

Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and artist Nnamdï signed with Secretly Canadian, which will release his new album Please Have A Seat on October 7 in partnership with Nnamdï ‘s own label, Sooper Records.

Nettwerk Records signed Seattle-based experimental music producer Goosetaf. On August 19, he’ll release the EP Prisms on the label with collaborator Bouji Bud.

Red Street Records signed duo Neon Union to its country division. Comprised of Leo Brooks and Andrew Millsaps, Neon Union was formed by Jimmie Allen, who produces and manages the duo alongside Aaron Benward through their recently-launched company JAB Entertainment. Neon Union will release new music later this year.

Christian rock band Gable Price & Friends signed with Capitol Christian Music Group, which will re-release the group’s EP If I’m Being Honest with two new live tracks added.

Three Six Zero signed new J-pop group SG5 as a management client. Billed as “an intergalactic pop supergroup that protects the universe from evil, injustice and negativity,” SG5 is spawned from the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon World. Comprised of five women – Sayaka, Ruri, Rui, Miyuu and Kaede – SG5 will be managed by Three Six Zero’s Milo Mitchum, who will co-manage the group with LDH Japan. Songwriter and producer BloodPop will serve as the group’s executive producer and creative director.

CAA signed country singer Matt Koziol, who released his debut album Wildhorse on May 20 via RED Creative Records.

Earplug brand Loop struck a brand partnership with Belgian EDM festival Tomorrowland. Under the collaboration, the pair co-designed Loop x Tomorrowland Experience earplugs that will be made available to festivalgoers and can also be purchased online. Prior to the festival, which runs July 15-July 31, 2022, Loop will give away a set number of tickets and experience packages.