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Publishing Briefs: Hootie & The Blowfish Sign With Big Deal, Reservoir Nabs Rachel Chinouriri and More

A list of the latest moves in publishing, including Big Deal Music Group signing Hootie & The Blowfish, Reservoir signing Rachel Chinouriri and more.

Hootie & The Blowfish has signed a worldwide publishing administration deal with Big Deal Music Group, it was announced Oct. 16. The deal is a joint venture with music industry veteran Rick Krim and includes the band’s new album, Imperfect Circle, which is scheduled for release on Nov. 1 via UMG Nashville, and their 2005 album, Looking for Lucky.

Hootie & The Blowfish, consisting of Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, have sold more than 25 million records worldwide and generated hits like “Hold My Hand” (which is not included in the deal). 

“Hootie & The Blowfish are one of the most successful American bands in history,” said Big Deal co-president Jamie Cerreta. “We are very honored to be working with them, as well as Rick, and are excited for their fans all over the world to hear this amazing new album.”



Rachel Chinouriri has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Reservoir, it was announced Tuesday (Oct. 22). The deal includes all previous and future compositions.

Chinouriri, a rising indie artist, dropped her debut EP, Mama’s Boy, earlier this year and has appeared on BBC Introducing.

“I couldn’t be happier to have signed with Reservoir,” said Chinouriri. “Charlie [Pinder, UK head of creative] and the entire team have shown as much love and passion for my music as I do, which can only be a great thing. I’m certain that working closely with Reservoir will help me grow as an artist and a person and I’m so excited to find out what this next chapter brings.”

Additionally, Scottish songwriter David Sneddon and British singer-songwriter Lucy Rose recently renewed their agreements with Reservoir.

Sneddon collaborated on Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extend and Rose recently dropped her fourth studio album, No Words Left.

“With the additions of Rachel, and the renewed relationships with David and Lucy, we continue to build a more exciting, creative and diverse eco-system of talent at Reservoir,” said Pinder. “It is an absolute privilege to help shape the roster and celebrate each of their successes.”



Entertainment One has signed a global publishing administration deal with Zeds Dead and their publishing company, Deadbeats Publishing, it was announced Oct. 10. The deal includes rights to the current Zeds Dead and Deadbeats catalogue, as well as future works.

The Canadian electronic duo has enjoyed hits like “We Could Be Kings” featuring Deadbeats artist DNMO and Tzar, and “Lift You Up” featuring Delta Heavy.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Zeds Dead to inspire and cultivate their creativity and to grow their already prolific body of work,” said Chris Taylor, eOne’s global president, music.

“We’re excited to be part of the eOne team. They are doing some great work in the film and TV space, and we’re looking forward to forging more synergies for Zeds Dead and the Deadbeats crew,” added Zeds Dead manager Adam Gill. “The Publishing Creative team at eOne has shown great commitment to career strategy and songwriting. We look forward to building alongside them.”



Mike Evans has signed a global publishing deal of certain copyright assets with Music Sales Corp., it was announced Oct. 15.

As key lyricist for punk group The Tubes, Evans has written many hits including “White Punks on Dope” and “What Do You Want From Life.”

“I am convinced my songs have landed in a great place … a place that will work hard to promote them,” said Evans.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Evans’ catalog to Music Sales,” added Jeffrey Duncan, executive vp. “The Tubes undeniably shook up the ’70s and ’80s cultural landscape with their rugged individualism and fearless parodies, and Mike is responsible for co-writing many of their hits, which consistently see new life.”



Various Artists is launching a new music publishing division, Various Songs, it was announced on Wednesday (Oct. 23).

Based in London, Various Songs is a joint venture with Kobalt Music. It will be led by George Shepherd.

The signings already confirmed to Various Songs include Jon McClure, Ed Cosens, and Earl Saga.

“Songwriting and production has always been at the heart of a lot of what we do as artist managers, and putting in place a way that we can help nurture and develop both new and existing talent is a logical move for us,” said co-founder and CEO David Bianchi. “With Kobalt Music providing expertise, experience and infrastructure to this new venture, together I’m confident we will make a great team.”