ole’s red dot Artist Development Program Accelerates With Action by Artists George Canyon, Katia Zuccarelli, Josh Thompson and Sam Grow
Pictured at Sam Grow signing at ole’s Nashville office are (l-r) Gilles Godard, VP, Corporate Affairs & Development; Emily Mueller, Creative Manager; Sam Grow; John Ozier, VP, Creative; Ben Strain, Creative Director
TORONTO, ON (September 9, 2016) – ole, the world’s fastest growing independent rights management company, has announced several major developments for its successful red dot artist development program. red dot brings together ole’s broad infrastructure in support of talented developing artists, providing instant exposure and opportunities in a business where the development process often takes years.
The CCMA- and Juno-award winning country artist George Canyon’s first single for red dot, “I Got This,” has performed extremely well, reaching the Top 10 in Canadian MediaBase chart. The track is off of Canyon’s #1 best-selling country album, I Got This, released in February, 2016.
red dot initiatives have already led to major-label deals for ole songwriters Josh Dorr, Jordan Davis, and Charlie Worsham. 2016 will see the release of new albums by red dot artists Josh Thompson and Sam Grow.
Haley Reinhart, the acclaimed singer-songwriter who first captured national attention with her top-three finish on the 10th season of American Idol, released her sophomore album Better on red dot in April, 2016. That follows a warm reception of her late-2015 rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” which sold over 255,000 units and tallied over 19 million Spotify streams.
The 2015 CCMA Country Music Week saw ole’s inaugural on the spot competition make good on its mission of discovering bright new talent. Singer-songwriter Katia Zuccarelli won a deal with red dot that includes music publishing, EP recording production, YouTube audio-visual management, and support from ole's world-class creative staff.
“red dot was founded specifically to break and sustain emerging artists, and we’re gratified to see that vision spring to life with measurable success for the red dot roster,” says John Ozier, Vice President, Creative of ole. “We’re glad to be growing the red dot family, and further broadening the horizons of gifted artists in the U.S. and Canada.”
ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $520M 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 50,000 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.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 120+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Timbaland, Tyler Farr, 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 5B views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.
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