Music Industry Moves: Singer-Songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk Sells Catalog to Anthem Entertainment

Anthem Entertainment has acquired a catalog of songs written by Chantal Kreviazuk. The deal encompasses hits and collaborations recorded by Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Drake, Avril Lavigne, Pitbull, Shakira, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood and more.

Most notably, the deal includes “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera, in addition to “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani.

“Chantal Kreviazuk is one of the most prolific and successful Canadian songwriters recognized today on the international stage,” said Anthem Entertainment CEO, Jason Klein. “Her extraordinary songs have not only achieved outstanding commercial success but have meaningfully influenced popular culture with a significant impact across music, film, and philanthropy, and are a prized addition to our catalog. We look forward to a great partnership with Chantal.”

“I am thrilled to begin a new and exciting partnership with Jason and the team at Anthem Entertainment, to represent songs that I have been writing throughout my whole life and career,” said Kreviazuk. “Our shared passion and enthusiasm for the work I value so dearly was made clear from our very first conversation and I am grateful to begin this new chapter together.”

+ US Media and Vevo have entered a new advertising sales partnership to handle Vevo’s ad inventory in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Peru. US Media will also sell on behalf of Vevo pan-regionally from Miami.

“Joining forces with Vevo, a brand that accumulates more than 25 billion monthly views, significantly amplifies the possibilities for our clients in advertising. This alliance represents a strategic advancement that leverages Vevo’s immense reach and quality of content,” said Bruno Almeida, CEO of US Media.

“Vevo’s monetization efforts in this region are reflective of the strength and breadth of our offering, with Latin music being one of the most watched genres on our network. From Brazilian funk to regional Mexican to reggaeton, fans can enjoy a variety of Latin artists on Vevo,” added JP Evangelista, senior VP, content, programming and marketing for Vevo. “Additionally, we are expanding Vevo’s CTV programming and distribution footprint throughout Latin America to deliver the music video experience on the largest screen in the home. CTV is an exciting, burgeoning space where we are growing and providing additional exposure for artists and advertisers alike.”

+ HarbourView Equity Partners (HarbourView) is looking to expand its real estate in R&B and hip-hop, starting with the purchase of singer-songwriter and producer Jeremih’s music catalog.

Terms of the deal, which only encompasses a select number of titles from Jeremih’s catalog, were not disclosed. Heidy Vaquerano and Cynthia Katz of Fox Rothschild LLP served as legal counsel to HarbourView in the transaction while Jeremih was represented by Guy Blake and Granderson Des Rochers. 

Jeremih has released three studio albums and had a Billboard chart-topping hit with the song “Birthday Sex.” He’s also collaborated with several major artists including 50 Cent, YG, Lil Wayne and Ty Dolla $ign, among others. His repertoire also includes “Oui,” “All The Time,” “Down on Me,” “Impatient,” and the five-time multi-platinum certified hit, “Don’t Tell Em.”

+ Publishing company Prescription Songs has added Ryder Johnson — a multi-platinum producer and songwriter — to their roster of artists. Johnson was brought into the company by way of Prescription Songs A&R Christian Conant.

Originally from Arkansas, Ryder’s credits include “No Return” by Polo G (with The Kid LAROI & Lil Durk), “Choppa Shoot the Loudest” by Lil Tecca (with Chief Keef, feat. Trippie Redd), “Spinnin’” by Lil Durk (feat. EST Gee), and “How The Game Go” by Rod Wave. He has also worked on various projects for HotBoii, Lil Yachty, Mike Posner, Tom Morello, City Morgue and more.

Conant adds, “We’re so lucky to welcome Ryder into the fold here at Prescription Songs! His credits and work ethic speak for themselves, but above all that, he’s a great human being. I’m confident this is still just the beginning for Ryder. I can’t wait to see where this partnership takes us! I’m incredibly thankful for Diana Sanders and John Rybicki for their legal guidance, and Katie Fagan for bringing us all together!”

+ Sharon Van Etten has signed an exclusive global publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music (WCM).

Van Etten shared, “I am very excited about my new partnership with Carianne [Marshall], Ashley, Rich [Christina], Rich [Robinson], and the entire Warner Chappell team. With this incredibly diverse and innovative team of people, which includes a lot of amazing women, I am represented by a group of music lovers who lift up the songwriter. It has always been important to me to be able to call the people I work with directly and have open dialogue and communication about my music and career. I have that here and I look forward to where this new chapter takes us.”

Notably, Van Etten is on the shortlist for best original song at the 2024 Academy Awards for “Quiet Eyes” from the A24 film “Past Lives.”

+ Verve Label Group has signed two new artists: indie musician Phosphorescent, the moniker of American Singer-songwriter Matthew Huock, has signed to Verve Records; experimental jazz punk trio the Messthetics with James Brandon Lewis signs to impulse! Records.

Phosphorescent has been active in the indie rock scene since 2001 and along the way has accumulated eight studio albums. His upcoming Verve album debut, “Revelator,” will be released on April 5, and the eponymous track will debut on Jan. 24.

On their forthcoming release on Impulse!, the Messthetics (drummer Brendan Canty, bassist Joe Lally of iconic punk band Fugazi, and guitarist Anthony Pirog) join forces with acclaimed jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader James Brandon Lewis. The first track off the collaborative set “Emergence” will drop on Jan. 24 and the album will be released on March 15.

+ New York City-based PR and marketing agency The Chamber Group has re-employed Kerry Smalls as head of brand strategy and promoted Edwin Tetteh from PR manager to associate director of public relations. Both report to the company CEO, Chris Chambers.

Tetteh previously served as a public relations coordinator at Williamson PR, the Lede Company and PR Consulting representing clients including Visvim, Soundcloud and AMIRI respectively. He joined The Chamber Group as PR manager in 2021 leading campaigns and representing talent including Mariah Carey and Erykah Badu and brands including Tod’s.

Smalls was the director of PR at iONE Digital/Urban One, a role created specifically for him, and helped successfully build a PR division from the ground up. His previous experience includes leading PR strategy at BCW Global working with brands including Hennessy, Hellman’s Mayonnaise and Kraken Rum. Now back at The Chamber Group, Kerry will aid in adapting the company’s current staffing model to the ever-growing roster and overseeing client expansion with a 360 approach across pop culture, lifestyle, wine/spirits, beauty, fashion, politics, TV/Film, general entertainment and more.

+ Marc Anthony and his entertainment company, Magnus, have been tapped as an equity partner in SBE. Led by CEO Sam Nazarian, SBE’s new multi-vertical business strategy will focus on growing the brand among Latin American audiences.

Nazarian said, “It’s an honor to join forces with long-time friend and international superstar Marc Anthony. I have a tremendous amount of admiration for the career that he has built, and, more importantly, his entrepreneurial instinct. Not only has Marc been responsible for 105 No. one hits and over fifteen billion streaming views on YouTube, but he has also been able to garner the loyalty of a multigenerational Latino and global community through his platforms and content. been an aspiration of ours to come together to build something special, and I am excited to share all the amazing things we are working on with him as our strategic partner. My sbe team is honored to collaborate with the best-in-class entrepreneurial team Marc has built at Magnus, led by a dynamic team, CEO Michel Vega and COO Felipe Pimiento, to connect with and deliver experiences to an audience that Marc has so carefully cultivated throughout his career. This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to see what we build together.”

Added Anthony, “It would be an understatement to say that this announcement today is one of the greatest highlights of all of the endeavors I’ve taken on in my life. To have the honor to join forces with my great friend Sam and SBE, is something we have spoken about throughout the years and the time has finally come. My team, alongside the unparalleled expertise of SBE, is poised to contribute significantly to the success of this new journey. With a shared commitment to excellence and a track record of unparalleled vision and execution, we are excited to bring our best-in-class capabilities to elevate SBE’s projects to new heights. Together, we look forward to unveiling a series of remarkable initiatives that showcase the synergy and excellence synonymous with the SBE family.”

+ Irish musician and singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has signed a new deal with Nettwerk. The deal comes as McMorrow is gearing up to release a new single called “Stay Cool” on Jan. 26. McMorrow will remain managed by his Faction Music managers Ken Allen and Michael Roe.

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