ole acquires Timbaland catalogue, signs new deal

Canadian independent company Ole has acquired the music publishing catalogue of R&B/hip-hop star Timbaland, as well as signing a multi-year worldwide publishing administration deal on future songs written by the producer, artist and songwriter.

Over 500 copyrights are included in the catalogue, including global hit singles from artists such as 50 Cent, Fabolous, Rihanna, Flo Rida, Pussy Cat Dolls, Pink, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, The Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Drake, and Chris Cornell.

Seven No.1 US Billboard Hot 100 singles come under the deal: Sexyback, My Love, and What Goes Around by Justin Timberlake, Say it Right and Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado, Try Again by Aaliyah, and Give It To Me by Timbaland.

Timbaland’s current projects include the recently released singles with Missy Elliot, 9th Inning and Triple Threat, and her pending album, as well as his own upcoming album Shock Value III.

Timbaland said: “I am pleased to have chosen such an innovative company as my new music publisher. I can’t wait to work with the team at ole as we seize the future together with the new sounds and energy I’m about to unleash on the music industry.”

Timbaland, real name Timothy Mosley, professionally known as Timbaland, has enjoyed a string of mainstream successes since making his name working on Aaliyah’s 1996 album One in a Million, and Missy Elliot’s 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly.

Since then, in addition to working with a litany of platinum artists, he has released three solo albums, including Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment (1998), Shock Value (2007), and Shock Value II (2009).

Ole president, Michael McCarty said: “Timbaland is the modern Quincy Jones. He captures the artist’s vision and turns it into reality, pushes the envelope of popular music, and is an enthusiastic mentor of new talent. ole looks forward to working closely with him on the next phase of his stellar career.”

The ole catalogue includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. The company has purchased music catalogues including Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music.

Ole administrates and sub-publishes music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world’s leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers.Music Business Worldwide

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