ole Wins Multiple Awards at ASCAP and BMI Country Awards

L-R: Bradley Collins (BMI), Jamie Paulin, John Ozier (ole, VP Creative), Robert Ott (ole, Founder/CEO), Singer-Songwriter Chris Janson, Singer-Songwriter Tim McGraw, Ben Strain (ole, Sr. Director Creative), Missi Roberts (Universal Music), Jody Williams (BMI)

ole and its songwriters enjoyed recognition this week in Nashville where the company took home 3 ASCAP and 3 BMI Country Song Awards.

At the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, held on November 6 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, ole received three awards. “How I’ll Always Be” (performed by Tim McGraw) and “I Know Somebody,” (performed by LOCASH), both co-written by ole’s Jeremy Stover, and earned awards for being two of country music's most performed songs of the period between April 2016 and March 2017. Adam Hambrick also received an award for “How Not To,” performed by Dan + Shay. “I Know Somebody” and “How Not To” both reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country Charts during the year, as well.

The #1 single “Peter Pan,” co-written by ole legacy writer Jesse Lee and performed by Kelsea Ballerini, was recognized at the 65th annual BMI Country Awards, held on Nov 7 at BMI's Nashville offices in the heart of Music Row. Another #1 single, “A Little More Summertime,” co-written by Tony Martin and performed by Jason Aldean, was also honored as one of the past year’s 50 most-performed country songs on U.S. radio and television. ole received a third award for “How I’ll Always Be,” co-written by Chris Janson and performed by Tim McGraw.

The wins are just the latest in a long string of successes in 2017 for ole Nashville. So far this year, the division has celebrated four number one hits, more than 40 international singles and hundreds of cuts recorded by elite artists in the US, Canada and Australia.

“We are ecstatic to have so many ole songs recognized as the best of the past year. It’s a testament to both the caliber of writers on our roster and the talent of our staff,” said ole VP Creative John Ozier.

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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 Group. The division include Anthem Entertainment Group, the label home of Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Steven Page, Stompin’ Tom Connors and 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 17 billion views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.