ole Signs Exclusive Publishing Administration Deal with Richard Marx
Performer, songwriter and producer Richard Marx
TORONTO, ONTARIO (April 6, 2017) – ole, the world’s fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, announced today it has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration deal with performer, songwriter and producer Richard Marx.
“ole is very pleased to be working in support of the great artistry and songs of Richard Marx,” said ole CEO & Chairman Robert Ott.
“I’m looking forward to the next phase of my songwriting career with the ole gang on my team,” said Marx. “We already have some great things in the works.”
A Chicago native, Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut album. Released in 1987, the album produced four Top 5 singles, including “Hold on to the Nights” and “Don’t Mean Nothing,” earning Marx a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. As a songwriter and producer, Marx has composed many popular songs, including “To Where You Are,” the first hit single from Josh Groban’s debut album, and “This I Promise You” by *NSYNC. In 2004, Marx won a Grammy for Song of the Year for co-authoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father.” In 2011, Marx co-wrote Keith Urban's #1 country smash, "Long Hot Summer" (their second #1 as co-writers) which earned Marx the rare distinction of having composed a #1 song in four different decades. Across all formats, Marx has scored a total of 14 #1 singles both as a performer and songwriter/producer, making him a true multi-talented artist.
ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $550M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 55,000 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, Entertainment One, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium, as well as an extensive production music library of over 750,000 tracks including Jingle Punks, Cavendish Music, 5 Alarm Music, MusicBox, Nelvana Production Music, Auracle, and Cue. In September 2016, ole acquired rights management company Compact Media – which manages Audio-Visual Secondary Rights for more than 700 clients around the world – in a major deal that furthers ole’s commitment to delivering leading-edge IP rights management services across the globe.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 150+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Chris Janson, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Jeremy Stover, Phil O’Donnell, Jordan Davis, and Ian Thornley. 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’s legacy catalogs and writers include Rush, Max Webster, Coney Hatch, and Ian Thomas.
ole also operates a robust label services arm under the umbrella of ole label services. The division includes Anthem Entertainment Group, the label home of Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Steven Page, The Tea Party. Anthem Legacy includes Max Webster, Ian Thomas, and artist development label red dot, which has developed and up-streamed artists including Charlie Worsham, Haley Reinhart, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, and Jordan Davis.
ole Digital is a full YouTube MCN partner for all media with over 12 billion views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.
For more information, visit www.majorlyindie.com.
Iman Sandimanie-Carroll, DiGennaro Communications