The music entertainment lawyer and former Last Gang imprint founder has become a powerhouse in the global market since taking the post as overseer of Entertainment One's music division. The transformation from a mid-level label and distributor to a hit generator has been achieved in the past 18 months and kept Taylor moving around the globe making deals and touching base with the company's far-flung offices across Europe, Australasia, the US and Canada. He paused while in Los Angeles yesterday to give us a firsthand account of what's happening, and what's on tap. It's darned impressive.
Indie Power Plays!
It is great this week to be recognized by Billboard Magazine. It means eOne Music is having an impact in our industry and people are noticing that we are making power moves. It’s recognition for all our achievements over the past year. We are building a respected global music business with serious power moves in records, management, and publishing.
What moves are we making right now?
In Ibiza, Spain we had 8 artists performing over the weekend: Jax Jones, Tieks, Riton, Daniel Avery, Heidi, Kahlo, Tiga and VAAL.
Over the same weekend we had 6 management and label acts all over the bill at Osheaga Festival in Montreal: Arkells, Death From Above, Crystal Castles, BadBadNotGood, River Tiber, and Daniel Avery. That’s 14 eOne artists making an impact around the globe over just one weekend in our glorious summer. There were many more performing throughout Europe and North America on the same days. You can follow all our acts live shows here.
This on top of the ongoing epic adventures of our beloved Lumineers, who tour with U2 and Tom Petty throughout the summer while climbing the Alt Rock chart toward their third consecutive #1 song at the format.
2017 has been another incredible year for this Dualtone act. Keep an eye out for management client Lights as she has had the "Most Added" at Hot AC for two consecutive weeks in the U.S. with her mega hit, “Giants.”
Our label partner Warner Brothers has been doing an incredible job giving this amazing artist the big shot she’s always deserved.
The management team around this act has delivered on an album and comic book campaign that is unparalleled. The TV project for the concept is taking flight!
On the publishing front, our writer Vinny X is celebrating his Canadian Gold and US Platinum for his production/writing on Kodak Black’s, “No Flockin”.
I told you we were going to build a publishing company – this is just the start.
Our composers Pure West are completing all the music for the stage production of “PJ Masks” and we are deep into the music supervision duties for the Aaron Sorkin/Mark Gordon film, Molly’s Game.
We had the #1 Gospel album for 2 consecutive weeks with James Fortune, and JJ Hairston has had an incredible 11-week run at #1 on radio with his song, “You Deserve It.”
What a fitting title for Gina Miller and her team. She has 8 albums in the Top 30 right now. Avatar continues to rock across America earning award nominations at the Alternative Press and Loudwire Awards – after winning Metal Hammer and Revolver Mag Awards.
We have 6 songs on the U.S. urban charts, and we just signed Dionne Warwick, Lil Kim, 112, Tamia and Latin superstar Bryant Myers.
Bryant has over a million subscribers to his YouTube channel.
In the coming days, we have our combined teams pushing on Ryan Hemsworth and his Yakki/E40 track, “Hunnid." Bloody Beetroots is throwing flames around the globe with his jet-fueled, “My Name is Thunder”; and the Last Gang with our Metal team combine on No Warning, a seminal hardcore band that has delivered a sizzling socio-political commentary that just fucking rawks.
Musiq Soulchild, Death From Above, Emily Haines, Stars and Tamar Braxton drop new albums in September. Our management team, William Cole, just delivered us a new Sango record and our UK/Hardlivings team are setting up a Riton-produced single from our management client Kah-Lo, called “Fasta.” All while we get our German and Australian offices hitting their stride. Can’t come fast enough.
It’s a lot to digest - but when you are an indie power team, there is no rest. We are laying the building blocks for the next era of our business, and the world is taking notice.
I’ve learned over the past year what a dynamic, energized crew of music fanatics we’ve assembled here. I’m so proud to work with all of you. These are achievements for ALL OF US. Be proud today, kick ass tomorrow.
Wait until they see what we accomplish over the next year!