Signed: PJ Harvey to Partisan Records; ThxSoMuch to Elektra
Other ink this week: David Morris to Virgin Music Group, Skunk Anansie to Blue Raincoat Artists and more.
PJ Harvey signed with Partisan Records, which will release her tenth studio album, I Inside the Year Old Dying, on July 7. The album — Harvey’s first since 2016’s The Hope Six Demolition Project — was preceded by the song and video, “A Child’s Question, August.” Harvey is managed by Sumit Bothra at ATC; her agents are Marsha Vlasic at AGI in North America and Alex Bruford at ATC for the rest of the world.
Rising Toronto artist ThxSoMuch signed with Elektra Records, which will release his debut EP, Sleez, on May 19, preceded by the single “Crumbled.” ThxSoMuch is managed by Tommy Kiljoy at mad world and Mac Moon; his booking agents are Jay Belin, Jesse Robbins and Robby Fraser at WME.
Country singer/songwriter/rapper David Morris signed with Virgin Music Group via a partnership with Grey Area Music. The label will release Morris’ new single, “Jenny’s Song,” on May 23.
British rock band Skunk Anansie signed with Blue Raincoat Artists for management. They will be managed by the company’s co-founder/CEO Jeremy Lascelles, in partnership with Kat Kennedy of Big Life Management (Lascelles signed the band to their first music publishing agreement in 1994 while at Chrysalis Music). Skunk Anansie was previously managed by Leigh Johnson, who oversaw the band’s career for over three decades. The group is currently working on tracks for a new album to be released next year, with plans to tour in 2024 and 2025.
Singer-songwriter BJ the Chicago Kid signed with Yeti Beats‘ Reach the World Records, a joint venture with RCA Records. His latest single, “Forgot Your Name,” was released May 3, with a second single expected soon. He is managed by Myisha Brooks; his booking agent is DeMont Callender at Wasserman.
Jonas Group Entertainment announced two new management signings: Country-pop artist/songwriter Levi Hummon (“Good Riddance,” “Paying for It”) and country singer MaRynn Taylor. Hummon is signed to Reservoir Media for publishing, while Taylor, who will work directly with Blue Raincoat CEO Phil Guerini, is signed to Black River for both recording and publishing.
Mysterious artist-producer underscores signed with Mom+Pop Music. Her first release on the label is the new song and video, “Cops and robbers.”
Swedish synth-pop duo Kite signed with Dais Records, which released their single, “Don’t Take the Light Away,” last month. Kite is represented by manager Adam Borjesson and booking agent Robin Sumpton at Luger.
Married Americana artists Mark and Maggie O’Connor signed with ONErpm Nashville, which will release their latest album, Life After Life, this summer. It will be preceded by the lead single “Verbovaya Doschechka,” which is a new arrangement of the Ukrainian folk song of the same name. Maggie will play violin and sing leads on the new album, while Mark will add harmonies while playing acoustic guitar, violin and mandolin. They’re represented by Skyline Artists for booking and managed by MOC Enterprises. They were previously signed to Sony/The Orchard for distribution.
Jazz artist/pianist/producer/composer Kayla Waters signed with Shanachie Entertaiment, which will release her label debut album, Presence, on July 7.
Australia garage rock band Girl and Girl signed to Sub Pop, which released their single, “All I See,” last month. The group is currently working on new music and touring throughout May. Girl and Girl are managed by Simone Ubaldi and Andrew Parisi; they’re signed to Virgin in Australia.
Tim Kinsella and Jenny Pulse signed to Kill Rock Stars, coinciding with the release of their new single, “Sun Inspector.” Kinsella has played with bands including Joan of Arc, Carp’n Jazz and Owls; Pulse is a vocalist, electronic musician and producer who has released dance-oriented pop songs under her own name as well as experimental soundscapes and field recordings as Spa Moans. The duo is represented by booking agent Robin Taylor at Inland Empire.
Montreal quartet Nora Kelly Band signed with Mint Records for the release of their debut album, Rodeo Clown, on August 25. The label released their new single, “Lay Down Girl,” earlier this month. The group is managed by Kathryn Huyhn at Danagement.
Americana artist and songwriter Al Staehely signed with Quarto Valley Records, which will release his new album in June. Staehely is also a music/entertainment attorney; as a musician, he has played with Spirit, the Staehely Brothers and more. He has also released music as a solo artist and written songs for acts including Bobbie Gentry, Marty Balin and Keith Moon.