ole Acquires Catalogue of Songs by Prolific Pop Hit-Maker, Rami Yacoub

 ole, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, has acquired a catalogue of songs written by Swedish hit producer/songwriter, Rami Yacoub; the creator of several of pop music's biggest hits by artists such as Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Pink; which have generated sales of more than 150 million records worldwide. ole acquires Rami's writer's share of the compositions immediately and his reversionary publishing rights at 2021.

Notable copyrights in this deal include: "Oops!...I Did It Again," "Stronger" and "Lucky" from Britney Spears' 2000 Oops!...I Did It Again album, which peaked at no. 9, 10, and 23, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; "Overprotected" and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" from Spears' 2001 album Britney - both records topped the Billboard 200 albums chart; the number one Billboard hit "It's Gonna Be Me" from 'N Sync's  No Strings Attached album in 2000; Pink's "You and Your Hand," which reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 from her 2006 I'm Not Dead album; and "Shape of My Heart" from Backstreet Boys turn-of-the- millennium Black & Blue album, peaking at number 9 on the Billboard singles' chart. Other Rami copyrights under this acquisition include additional titles by the Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Westlife and Michael Bolton, among others. 

As evidenced by an early slate of deals in 2011, ole continues on an aggressive acquisitions path and has a substantial acquisition war chest to draw upon. Solidly profitable and entering its 7th year of operation with U.S. and Canadian operations, the company has over $105MM USD in acquisitions under its belt and is capable of acquiring into the nine figures or beyond. ole CEO Robert Ott says, "There is no dollar value of acquisition that is out of reach for us, given that we see value."

Rami, a longtime collaborator of fellow Swede and three-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Max Martin, began his prosperous music career at age 13 playing bass in a local band in Stockholm.  At the age of 18, he found he had a talent for songwriting and producing as he began creating remixes using a sampler, mixing board, and synthesizers.  In 1998, Rami began working with Max Martin, who was enjoying great success as producer/songwriter working out of the legendary Chelion Studios in Stockholm, a facility for which Martin would become director that summer following the passing of Denniz Pop. The first collaboration with Martin saw Rami co-produce the ground-breaking hit "...Baby One More Time," which launched the career of international pop star, Britney Spears.

Says Robert Ott: "ole looks forward to working with Rami and his partner publishers towards the continued success of this great legacy of songs."

About ole:

ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004 and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of over 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past four years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse".

Other notable ole awards include: SESAC 2010 #1 Most Performed Song for "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); BMI 2010 Most Performed Song for "White Horse"(Liz Rose/Taylor Swift);2009 SESAC #1 Most Performed Song for "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song for Dierks Bentley's "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" (Brett Beavers/James Beavers); 2010 SOCAN Country Music Award for" One Last Sundown" (Performed by Doc Walker), 2010 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for "6Teen", 2009 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Beautiful Life" by Doc Walker; 2009 SOCAN News & Sports Television Programming Music Award for CBC News: Today by composer Jack Lenz; 2008 BMI Award Most Performed Song for "Me and God" (Josh Turner); 2008 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for Franklin; 2008 SOCAN Domestic Animated Television Series Music Award for 6Teen; 2008 SESAC Recurrent Country Performance Activity for "Teardrops on My Guitar" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); and 2008 SESAC Country Performance Activity for "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $105MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs: Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, and recently, "The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That".

ole is committed to the creative development of it's 6o+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).

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. adminow, ole's online portal delivering leading edge client account transparency, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to world-class client service and being on the leading edge of IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include Taylor Swift singles - "Fearless", "White Horse", "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn", "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; "Can't Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday"; "Something Like That", Tim McGraw; "S.O.S (Let The Music Play)" performed by Jordin Sparks.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

For more information please contact:

Robert Ott

Chairman & CEO

(416) 619-2051 ext: 2051

robert_ott@olemm.com