Ian Thornley Signs With ole
Deal Includes Both Catalog and Future Compositions for the Big Wreck Singer/Songwriter
ole CEO Robert Ott (left) with Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 29, 2015) -
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Ian Thornley, the accomplished solo artist and lead singer/songwriter for hit Canadian rock band Big Wreck, has signed a worldwide, co-publishing deal with ole, the world’s fastest growing independent rights management company.
The deal includes Thornley’s compositions from 2011 onward, when he signed with the Anthem Entertainment Group and reformed Big Wreck after a nearly 10-year hiatus. Among the key copyrights are songs written by Thornley for the band’s hit 2012 reunion album Albatross, including its Canadian Rock Chart-topping single “Albatross” and Top 10 rock hits “Wolves” and “A Million Days.” In addition, Thornley either wrote or co-wrote every track except one on Big Wreck’s 2014 album Ghosts, which reached #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2015 Juno Awards. Thornley is currently working on a new record, release date TBA. He will release Ghosts in Europe this summer through Spotlight Germany/Ferryhouse Productions.
“Ian Thornley is a songwriter’s songwriter, a musician’s musician, and an artist’s artist,” said John Ozier, General Manager of Creative for ole. “To have the opportunity to represent and work alongside Ian with SRO/Anthem is an honor.”
“I am so grateful to be a new member of the ole team,” said Thornley. “The staff at ole go above and beyond expectations, and I know that we can grow and create some outstanding partnerships together. I can’t wait to see what the future brings with ole.”
Thornley founded Big Wreck in 1993, eventually signing a U.S. record deal with Atlantic Records and releasing their Double Platinum debut album, In Loving Memory Of..., in 1997. The group followed with The Pleasure and the Greed in 2001, which reached #10 on the Canadian Albums Chart, before disbanding in 2002. Thornley went solo after the breakup, releasing the albums Come Again, which reached the Top 10 on the Canadian Albums Chart, and Tiny Pictures, resulting in five Top 10 singles on the Canadian Rock Chart. After signing with Anthem/SRO in 2011, Thornley reunited in 2011 with fellow founding member of Big Wreck Brian Doherty, touring consistently and releasing two new albums.
ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $400M+ in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole’s control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland. ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, DHX, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium. MusicBox, the Production Music division of ole, provides quality content and service to creators in all media with over 150,000 tracks in its library.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 100+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Rush, Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Dave Turnbull, Jeremy Stover, and Marty Dodson. ole has ongoing Ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing, and most recently, ole-bluestone Publishing, ole’s venture with global hitmaker Timbaland.
ole is proud to be associated with its bank partners SunTrust, JP Morgan, CIT Finance, Fifth Third Bank, Avenue Bank, City National Bank, and OneWest Bank.
ole is committed to being the world’s best and most innovative Rights Management Company and the preferred destination for IP Investors and Creators in all Media.
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