ole Acquires 50% Ownership Interest in SB21 Music Catalog

TORONTO, ON – Today, November 9, ole, the world’s fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has concluded an exclusive worldwide deal with SB21 Music Publishing to acquire a 50% ownership stake in SB21’s catalog of over 2,500 songs. ole will now control all songwriter contracts and all administration rights to the catalog.

The SB21 music catalog includes Luke Bryan’s most recent #1 single “Most People are Good” as well as recent singles by Danny Gokey: “If You Ain’t It” and “Like You Were Mine” by Jason Aldean, and “Leaving New Orleans” by ole singer-songwriter, Jordan Davis, from Davis’s hit album Home State. Previous hits include, “Drinking Class” by Lee Brice, Billboard Country’s “Most Played Song of the Year” (2006), and “Watching You” by Rodney Adkins.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work the SB21 catalog which has many hit songs in it. This is another great acquisition for ole,” commented John Ozier, ole’s Vice President of Creative.

“The writers and partners of SB21 are very proud and excited to be working with ole in taking the SB21 songs to places where the music will be given the opportunity to speak for itself. We are honored to be joining ole’s distinguished roster, and cannot wait to see the incredible things that the future will bring for this catalog,” said Teresa Smith, SB21 Owner & Founder.

SB21 is an independent music publishing company founded in 2011 by artist-songwriter-producer, Steve Pasch. Its catalogue of over 2,500 songs includes the works of such songwriters as: Brian White (Rodney Adkins’ “Watching You”), David Frasier (Luke Bryan’s “Most People are Good” and Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class”), Greg Barnhill, Thomas Tillman and John Edwards.

For more information please contact:

Paul Eastwood
647 243 3901

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 includes: anthem, the label home of: Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Fletcher Thornley, Steven Page and The Tea Party; anthem LEGACY, which houses legendary catalogues by such artists as: Stompin' Tom Connors, Max Webster, Lighthouse and Ian Thomas, and red dot, which has released, developed and up-streamed artists including: Haley Reinhart, George Canyon, Austin Jenckes, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, Maddison Krebs 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.