Johnny Reid Chooses ole for Worldwide Publishing Administration; Early Creative Collaboration Nets Hit Single

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2012) - ole has signed a worldwide administration deal with Canadian country star/songwriter Johnny Reid, a three-time recipient of the Canadian Country Music Association's (CCMA) Male Artist of the Year award (2008, 2009, 2011) and winner, for the past four consecutive years, of the CCMA's Top-Selling Canadian Album award.

"Fire It Up," the first single and the title-track from Reid's upcoming self-produced album (March 13), which is now holding down the number 16 position on the Billboard Canadian Country Airplay chart, was co-written with fellow ole songwriters, Alan Frew and Marty Dodson.

"ole is proud that an artist/songwriter of Johnny's stature has chosen us as his new home," says ole CEO Robert Ott. "We look forward to supporting Johnny as he continues to add to his impressive list of successes."

Johnny Reid comments, "It's no secret that ole is one of the most successful publishing companies in the world and I'm very excited to be part of it. I look forward to a successful and lucrative partnership with Robert and his entire team."

Other notable copyrights under the deal include "Out of the Blue," "A Woman Like You," "Dance With Me," "Old Flame," "Today I'm Gonna Try and Change the World" and "Let's Go Higher" from his platinum/multi-platinum albums Kicking Stones, Dance With Me and A Place Called Love.

"Fire It Up" was released on January 10 to Canadian radio and iTunes and lived up to its incendiary title, debuting at number 36 on the Country chart as it became the number one most added song at Country radio. It went straight to number 65 on the Top 200 iTunes chart and, the week of January 18, was the top-selling single on the Top Country Chart.

Fire It Up is the follow-up album to Reid's triple platinum, Juno Award-winning opus A Place Called Love, which in 2010 debuted at number one and spent four weeks at the top of the SoundScan Top 200 Album chart.

While having his initial success as a recording artist play out through the late '90s and early millennium, Reid came to prominence as a songwriter when hit country group Emerson Drive took his song "You Still Own Me" into the upper-echelon of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the U.S. in 2007. Last year, Reid introduced himself to that U.S. audience with his PBS special, Johnny Reid Live: Heart and Soul.

On January 9, Reid participated in a livestream web chat with his worldwide fan-base - known as the Tartan Army - from ole's offices in Nashville following which the new single was streamed live prior to its official release. Reid's 28-date, cross-Canada Fire It Up (Let Love Live Again) 2012 tour, with opening artist Carolyn Dawn Johnson, kicks off on April 10 at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, B.C. The full list of tour dates is available at www.johnnyreid.com.

 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 40 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration.  ole has recently entered the Production Music space with operations in the U.S. (MusicBox) and Canada (clear).

ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past five years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse". Other recent notable ole awards include: SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for "Til Summer Comes Around" (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for "Fearless" (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler) ; 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award "Busytown Mysteries" (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances of Lighthouse's "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady" (Skip Prokop).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $115MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs: Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, 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, CCI 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 client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge 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"; and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by  Britney Spears; Pink's "You and Your Hand; "It's Gonna Be Me" from 'N Sync'; "Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme "I Believe"; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw's "Something Like That".

ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox and clear libraries.  With 9 staff in North America, ole's Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform.  Our production music division leverages ole's established Administration, Finance and IT services.

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.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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Kathryn Gatto
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