ole/tanjola INKS DEAL WITH MULTI-PLATINUM WRITER/PRODUCER ALEX GREGGS
TORONTO: ole and its music-publishing co-venture tanjola are pleased to announce the signing of multi-million selling songwriter, producer and remixer Alex Greggs to a worldwide co-publishing deal.
In addition to co-publishing the new music he creates under the terms of the agreement, ole tanjola will inherit 350 songs from the Alex Greggs catalogue to add to ole’s 40,000 song library, including numbers from the chart-topping ‘NSYNC albums No Strings Attached and Celebrity, which combined to sell more than 20 million copies in North America alone.
The Los Angeles-based Greggs’ writing credits also include Brandy, Ricky Martin, Love Inc., JC Chasez, Paris Hilton, former American Idol finalist Blake Lewis and rising Canadian superstar Keshia Chanté.
More recently Greggs – who launched his career writing for the 1992 MTV series Catwalk -- has collaborated with L.A.-based tunesmith Beau Dozier (Beyoncé, Pussycat Dolls, Snoop Dogg) and hip-hop duo The Runners (Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Ludacris).
A principal member of the influential reggae/dancehall production entity South Rakkas Crew with Dennis “Dow Jones” Shaw, Greggs has stamped his influence on recordings and remixes by some of pop music’s hottest icons: Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Pink, Shakira, Janet Jackson, T-Pain, M.I.A., Chris Brown, Beck, Lilly Allen, Fall Out Boy, Duran Duran and Jessica Simpson among them.
South Rakkas Crew is currently working on a new album scheduled for a 2009 release on Mad Decent Records, and have placed “Mad Again” on the recently released Rockstar Games video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
Greggs – also a principal in the earlier production team of Riprock ‘n’ Alex G. -- is also working on the new Tricky album and has upcoming writing appointments with Lily Allen, M.I.A. and others.
He is also reworking “The Newlywed Game Theme” for the Game Show Network, which recently announced a revival of The Newlywed Game hosted by Carnie Wilson.
In welcoming Greggs to the ole tanjola roster, tanjola Managing Partner Ivan Berry declared:
“I have known Alex Greggs, both personally and professionally, for over 15 years now. He is one of the most diverse producers, songwriters and remixers I have ever witnessed.
“Alex has proven that he can provide huge pop hits – and in that same day – turn around and produce some of the coolest underground material.
“It is an absolute pleasure for Daniel Mekinda and I to have Alex as part of the ole tanjola roster. He brings major value to our brand, and together we’ll make awesome music for a vast variety of global superstars.”
In response, Alex Greggs said he was thrilled to be the newest addition to the ole tanjola family.
“I’m really excited about joining ole/tanjola,” said Greggs.
“ole is such a new and hungry company, but they also have huge backing behind them and work with people that I have a good relationship with.
“They also understand the new parameters of the music industry and are actively pursuing such outlets as film and TV synchronization, video game and multimedia opportunities, which will translate into new homes for my music. It’s really attractive to me.”
Added Robert Ott, ole Chairman & CEO, “Alex Greggs is a proven hit-maker and ole is very pleased to welcome him to the roster and team.
“One thing that hasn't changed in our business is that truly great songs and production still touch people and succeed. This is something that Alex understands innately and that we're well aligned on."
Greggs joins a stellar tanjola co-venture roster that includes Fontana/Universal recording artist Dru; Juno-Award-winner Rupert Gayle; jackSoul front man Haydain Neale; Alonzo and recent Universal Music/Universal Republic signing Shiloh.
tanjola, an ole co-venture, has built a strong roster of songwriters over the past two years. These songwriters have combined to sell millions of albums worldwide and have been the recipient of many song writing and artist awards. These songwriters include: Fontana North/Universal recording artist Dru, Vancouver singer/songwriter Alonzo, Toronto based Juno Award winner Rupert Gayle, multiple award winner and Jacksoul front man Haydain Neale, and most recently Universal Canada/Universal Republic recording artist Shiloh.
ole is one of the world’s largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles. Founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive), ole is now Canada’s largest music publisher. ole boasts a team of 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has been named the Canadian Country Music Association Music Publishing Company of the Year for 2007 and 2008, the first time in 15 years the honour has gone to an independent publisher.
The ole catalog includes over forty thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $60MM USD in acquisitions over the past four years, including purchases of the Jody Williams Music catalog, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris titles, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music catalogs. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH’s award-winning children’s series Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series Lexx, and all of the music in Nelvana’s vast TV/film catalog. Recent purchases include the majority ownership of the WGBH music catalogue and co-ownership of the music rights for CCI Entertainment.
ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world’s leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. ole is a direct member of SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, HFA, CMRRA and SESAC. ole leverages considerable industry relationships, board positions and knowledge of key collection issues to enable deep analysis of income trends. This is paired with an aggressive collection policy. For sub-publishing clients ole fields the largest, most sophisticated administrative and creative teams in Canada.
Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark J. Feist, JC Smith, Derek Brin, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, James Huff, Willie Mack, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriters David Kopatz and Dr. Alex Tsisserev of Mad Love Music.
ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists Mother Mother, O’Luge, Rides Again, Let’s Go To War, Panurge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), and Steven Dall. Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson, Murray Pulver and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Bruce Wallace, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr, and Kaci Bolls. ole’s urban co-venture with Tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale, Alex Greggs and Shiloh to the roster. ole has also entered into a co-venture with LA-based Five K Entertainment headed by Victor Murgatroyd, former Vice-President of A&R for j records.
ole songs have appeared in national ad campaigns for Toyota, Sears, The Bay, and Telus as well as televisions series The Sopranos, The Black Donnelly’s, The Hills, Cold Case, Trailer Park Boys, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Whistler, Da Kink In My Hair, and Falcon Beach.
Notable copyrights for ole include the Taylor Swift singles “White Horse”, "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn" and the iTunes No. 1 Selling Country Song of 2007 "Teardrops On My Guitar", Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard #1 single “Miss Independent”, “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim, “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles, Craig Morgan’s "That's What I Love About Sunday” (2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year), “Shoes” by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul’s “Change the Game”, Trace Adkins’ “High”, “Long Black Train” by Josh Turner, and “It Was Me” by George Strait. Recent ole cuts include “I’m Already There” by Westlife, “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka, “Once In A While” by Akon, Kristy Lee Cook’s “15 Minutes Of Shame”, “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris, “You Got Me Runnin” performed by Doman + Gooding and written by Dru and Rupert Gayle, “Streetlights” performed by Kevin Borg and written by Steven Lee Olsen, “Lies” performed by Martina McBride and written by Gerald O’Brien, “Goodbye You Suck” by Shiloh and five songs on the latest Road Hammers album.
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