ole Signs Singer-Songwriter Eric Ethridge to Worldwide Recording and Publishing Deal
(L-R: ole Sr. VP of Finance & Administration Chris Giansante, ole Senior Director of Creative Licensing Randall Foster, ole VP of Creative John Ozier, Eric Ethridge, ole CEO Helen Murphy, ole Sr. Coordinator of Creative Lauren Lieu, ole VP of Corporate Affairs & Business Development Gilles Godard)
TORONTO, ON– Today, November 28, ole, the world’s premier independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has concluded a worldwide 360 deal to sign singer-songwriter, Eric Ethridge, to its red dot label. The deal includes exclusive publishing and recording rights, administration of all properties on YouTube, and includes the acquisition of Ethridge’s self-titled debut EP which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country charts and was streamed over 3 million times in the first 6 weeks of its release.
“Eric is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter and we are very excited to have him on our label,” commented ole’s CEO, Helen Murphy.
“After a lot of years of hard work, I could not be more excited and grateful to be the newest artist to join the ole family. I’m honoured to work with a group of such highly regarded people to help take my career to the next level,” said Eric Ethridge.
In early 2016, Eric Ethridge was selected as one of 6 finalists into the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Discovery Program and went on to win the CCMA Discovery Award. The following year, Ethridge teamed up with JUNO Award-Winning producer–songwriter, Brian Howes, (Chris Daughtry, Keith Urban) to produce his self-titled debut EP. The EP’s first single, “Liquor’s Callin’ the Shots”, climbed to Top 30 at Canadian Country Radio creating an incredible first impression as a new artist. His most recent single, “California”, spent time as the Most Streamed Canadian Country Song in Canada. Ethridge was also named the Grand Prize winner in the Unsigned Only competition for his song “Girl on Fire”, selected from over 6,000 applicants from 95 different countries across all genres.
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.
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.