Kobalt Neighbouring Rights signs Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith

Kobalt Neighbouring Rights (KNR) has started 2015 by signing a clutch of modern global superstars, including Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Dave Grohl.

Other new signings at KNR include UK chart-toppers George Ezra and Sigma, as well as Norwegian singer/songwriter duo Nico & Vinz.

Ann Tausis, Managing Director of Kobalt Neighbouring Rights said: “This is such a fantastic way to start the year. We’re working harder than ever across all aspects of the business to maximise the Neighbouring Rights collection, and we’re very keen for our newest clients to reap the benefits of both our experience and our advanced technology when it comes to collecting what is owed to them.”

US singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has been behind some of the best-selling singles of all time, including his own smash Just The Way You Are. He has landed five #1s on the Billboard Hot 100, faster than any solo male artist since Elvis Presley. In 2014 Mars took home the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, alongside a BRIT award for International Male Solo Artist.

Named the world’s highest-paid DJ in 2014 for the second year running by Forbes, Calvin Harris holds the record for the most UK top 10 singles from an individual album, notching up eight hits from his 2012 album 18 Months. Harris is also the first act to place three songs simultaneously in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, all of which were taken from his 2014 album Motion (UK#2, US#5).

Starting the year with six Grammy nominations including ‘Album Of The Year’ and ‘Best New Artist’, Sam Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour was the UK’s second bestselling album in 2014, and the US’s third bestseller. His single ‘Stay With Me’ receiving the most radio plays of any song in the US in Q3 2014. Smith was also named Critics’ Choice at the Brit Awards and winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2014.Music Business Worldwide

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