ole red dot Artist Sam Grow's Sophomore EP The Blame Celebrates Chart Success

TORONTO, ON - Hot off the heels of the release of his sophomore EP The Blame in partnership with Hill Entertainment on May 19, ole red dot singer-songwriter, Sam Grow, is celebrating chart success. In its first week, the album reached the #2 position on the US Billboard Top New Artist Album Chart, #5 on the iTunes Country Chart, #8 on the Current Country Album Chart, #14 on the US Billboard Independent Record Label Current Albums Chart and #60 on the US Billboard Top Current Albums Chart (all genres).

"ole is proud to see the success that this EP is having right now. Sam has put in the hard work in the writing room, in the studio, and on the road. It's great to see hard work and persistence pay off," said John Ozier, VP Creative, ole.

"Sam Grow consistently plays over 220 shows a year and his impressive sales prove what a solid fan base he has built," added Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment.

Music has been part of Sam Grow's life ever since he took his first breath, so it comes as no surprise that 30 years later he is burning up the charts with his latest self-released EP, The Blame. In 2013, he made Nashville his permanent home. Grow wasted no time creating contacts and building relationships with key people within the music industry, including hit producer Matt McClure (Lee Brice). That friendship opened many doors for Grow, including one with John Ozier at ole who inked the Maryland native to his first deal writing songs. Grow released his debut self-titled EP in 2014, gaining him chart success when the project landed at No. 8 on the iTunes Country Albums chart.

"I couldn't be a bigger fan of Sam on every level. Songwriter - Artist - Human being. As an often jaded radio programmer, I'm trained to be skeptical. To poke holes in things. To make things prove themselves. I've given up trying to poke holes in this. His fans are real, they're passionate and they're loyal. And Sam delivers musically unlike any other un-signed artists I've ever met," said Brad Austin, WXCY.

About ole:

ole is one of the world's foremost rights management companies with investments of over $540M 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.

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