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Label News (more headlines) 08-07-2017

Sony/ATV Enters Into Publishing Partnership With Heard Well

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing has entered into a publishing partnership with Heard Well, the first-ever music label powered entirely by social media tastemakers and their communities.

The agreement pairs the world's No. 1 music publisher with the innovative label that works with best-in-class influencers to curate playlists of their favorite emerging artists.

Under the partnership, Sony/ATV will work with Heard Well's influencers and curators with a view to signing emerging artists they have discovered, while Heard Well will provide a platform for Sony/ATV's own new songwriting talent via compilation albums the label releases.

Sony/ATV Co-President, U.S. Danny Strick said: "We're excited to be working with Heard Well whose ground-breaking approach to music discovery in the world of social media is uncovering and promoting great new artists even before the usual research stage. With the launch of this A&R partnership we are looking forward to discovering some amazing new talent with them."

Heard Well co-founder, Connor Franta said: "I am absolutely beside myself with how far Heard Well has come in just two years. From the compilations to the radio station to publishing, I'm thrilled to see what Heard Well will tackle next. For now, we're diving deep into the search for our first artist project and can't wait to shed that spotlight sooner than you think."

"This partnership is an exciting new weapon in our arsenal to add even more value to the emerging musicians we regularly partner with across our compilation releases," said co-founder of Heard Well, Jeremy Wineberg. "We have been working seamlessly with Sony's The Orchard for the last year as a distributor so this was a natural progression as Heard Well continues to grow. We're excited to continue our partnership within the Sony family and eager to combine our strengths to break new artists."

"When we first introduced Heard Well to Sony/ATV last year, we knew right away we had something big," said CAA executive Adam Friedman, who works closely with client Franta and Heard Well. "Connor and Jeremy, in less than two years, have built Heard Well into a serious player, helping launch the careers of some major artists. The duo's deep relationships with the world's leading social and digital influencers, coupled with Sony/ATV's expertise and roster of talent, immediately positions Heard Well Publishing as a market leader."

Since launched by Franta, Andrew Graham and Wineberg in 2015, Los Angeles-based Heard Well has created a network of social media influencers to curate playlists of their favorite new artists. Each playlist is released in digital and physical formats, enabling fans to discover new acts and their music.

In March of last year, Heard Well announced a deal with Red Distribution, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, which has since released more than 15 compilation albums featuring acts discovered by Heard Well. Some of these releases have reached the Top 10 on the Billboard and iTunes charts, while Heard Well has helped to generate millions of track sales and streams. Artists who have been supported include Odesza, Gallant, Anderson .Paak, Daya, Duke Dumont, Betty Who and many more. Earlier this year, Heard Well partnered with TuneIn to create the first 24/7 radio station powered by influencers. It already receives over 100K UMV's and is the fastest growing radio station on the TuneIn platform. Heard Well has also expanded into motion pictures, releasing two films, including this year's, "I Love You Both".

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