ole, a growing independent rights management company, has expanded its deal with renowned GRAMMY Award-winning super-producer, songwriter and solo artist Timbaland, from administration to a worldwide co-publishing agreement. Timbaland and ole began working together in 2012, and the relationship has progressively expanded to include not only Tim's ever-growing catalog of hits but also an expanding roster of new songwriting talent through the ole-Bluestone publishing co-venture.
The co-venture was launched in 2013 to discover and develop new songwriters. So far, the partnership has signed rapper and songwriter Garland "Sebastian" Mosley, who shares co-writing credits on Justin Timberlake's hit track "Mirrors," and David Bratton, the songwriter behind the 2014 gospel hit "Every Praise," as well as alternative rock band OK Mayday, hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conaway and rapper Justin "Capo" Andrews.
Timbaland has three GRAMMY Awards to his credit, including Best R&B Song two years running for Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" featuring Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's "Pusher Love Girl," as well as multiple recent ASCAP awards, including the 2015 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year Award with co-writes on Beyoncé's smashes "Drunk in Love" and "Partition" as well as Jay Z featuring Beyoncé's "Part II (On the Run)" and Jay Z's "Tom Ford." While Timbaland has worked as a producer, writer and artist with multiple collaborations and a new solo album about to pop, he has also expanded his focus in the past year to take on the role of Executive Music Producer of the hit FOX TV show Empire.
"Timbaland has influenced and shaped an entire era of music, and we welcome this expansion of our successful relationship," said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO of ole. "From both a music and business vantage point, we look forward to growing with him. We will work to bring Timbaland's music to an even wider audience while helping to develop the writers and artists he discovers via our ole-Bluestone venture.
"ole has been great to work with, and it only made sense to further our partnership," said Timbaland.
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