Hotly tipped R&B artist Ari Lennox has signed to Warner Chappell Music in an exclusive publishing administration deal that will incorporate her existing and future work.
Lennox’s debut studio album, Shea Butter Baby, includes the RIAA platinum-certified single, Shea Butter Baby (ft. J. Cole).
Most recently, she collaborated with award-winning R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan on Heaux Tales, which reached the top spot on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Lennox’s music career started by releasing renditions of well-known songs on YouTube, including Frank Ocean’s Thinkin Bout You and Beyoncé’s Drunk in Love.
In 2013, she independently released her debut EP, Ariography, which led to a collaboration with rapper Omen on his track, Sweat it Out.
She went on to become the first female artist signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, and in 2016, she made her major label debut with the Dreamville/Interscope EP, Pho, which reached the Top 20 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
In 2019, Lennox released Shea Butter Baby and sold out her first headline tour in the US, Europe, and Australia, in addition to opening for Lizzo’s own sold out Cuz I Love You Too tour.
In 2020, she teamed up with rapper Bas and R&B singer/songwriter Baby Rose on Self Love from Revenge of the Dreamers III.
Lennox has also collaborated with Doja Cat, Chance the Rapper, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiana Ledé.
Lennox’s deal with Warner Chappell Music follows the recent extension of the company’s worldwide publishing agreement with multi-platinum rapper Saweetie and signing of Grammy Award-winning Anderson .Paak.
“The Warner Chappell team has always supported me.”
Ari Lennox said: “The Warner Chappell team has always supported me. I’ve known Wallace and Ryan Press for some time now and I am so thrilled to be a part of the family.”
“There’s so much to be said about Ari and her music, but her artistic drive is what truly sets her apart.”
Ryan Press, Warner Chappell Music
Ryan Press, Warner Chappell Music President of A&R, U.S., said: “There’s so much to be said about Ari and her music, but her artistic drive is what truly sets her apart. She’s spent the last seven years working towards this moment, and I’m looking forward to the many successes I know we’ll share with her and the Dreamville team.”
“I personally couldn’t be prouder to welcome her to our Warner Chappell family.”
Wallace Joseph, Warner Chappell Music Vice President of A&R, added: “Ari and I have known each other for a while now, and it’s been incredible to see her progress as both a songwriter and a performer.
“Her unique sound has captivated fans around the world, and I personally couldn’t be prouder to welcome her to our Warner Chappell family.”Music Business Worldwide