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ole Signs Hit Songwriter Brett Jones

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/16/12 -- ole is pleased to announce the signing of hit songwriter Brett Jones and the acquisition of his catalogs including Big Borassa Music, Jonebone Music and Brett Jones Music.

Notable copyrights in the catalogs include three #1 Billboard Hot Country Songs: "Start a Band" (Brad Paisley with Keith Urban), "That's How Country Boys Roll" (Billy Currington) and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" (Justin Moore), three #2 Billboard Hot Country Songs: "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" (Trace Adkins), "Put A Girl In It" (Brooks & Dunn) and "Crazy Town" (Jason Aldean) and the #3 song "What Do Ya Think About That" (Montgomery Gentry) from albums that have collectively sold close to 5 million copies. The song catalog also contains over 500 unexploited copyrights.

"I learned of ole seven years ago and knew then that they were going to do big things," comments Brett Jones. "Since then, I've watched them open offices around North America and build the company into a worldwide publishing powerhouse. I'm honored to be a part of the team here in Nashville and am looking forward to a long and successful relationship."

Says ole CEO Robert Ott, "Brett's consistent ability to write hits and top the chart makes him an exciting addition to the ole roster. We will work hard to drive activity on Brett's legacy works and to create a creative environment that plays to his strengths going forward."

Brett Jones joins an ole roster of writers in Nashville which includes many of the top songwriters in the genre including Jeff Coplan (Roots Three/ole), Marty Dodson, Gilles Godard, Matt Nolen, Monty Powell, Dave Turnbull, Ryan Tyndell, Bruce Wallace (Roots Three/ole), Chris Wallin and Charlie Worsham.

Originally from Warm Springs, Georgia, Brett Jones moved to Nashville 20 years ago and signed a publishing deal, writing for country artist Ronnie Milsap's company. Jones' first success in the U.S. country market was his 1995 hit song, "When and Where" by Confederate Railroad. Since then, he has had over 100 major recordings and 14 Top 10 records including seven #1s. Jones recently achieved a rare status in country music songwriting by achieving #1 records in each of the past 3 decades.

Besides being an accomplished songwriter, Jones, who was signed to Warner/Chappell for a couple of years at the turn of the Millennium, has also seen success as a publisher over the past 12 years. He has played a role in the careers of Tony Lane (songwriter), Jason Jones (Warner Bros. recording artist), Dallas Davidson (Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, 2010) and Sony recording artist, Joanna Smith.

About ole:

ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of 45 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration. ole has recently entered the Production Music space with the acquisition of MusicBox and Auracle which have operations in NY, Toronto and LA.

ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past six years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse." Other recent notable ole awards include: Academy of Country Music (ACM) 2012 Song of the Year Award for "Crazy Girl" (Liz Rose/Lee Brice); SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for "Til Summer Comes Around" (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for "Fearless" (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler); 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award Busytown Mysteries (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances of Lighthouse's "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady" (Skip Prokop).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $145MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs such as: Timbaland, Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Richie MacDonald, Balmur, Keith Follese, Brett Jones, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, CCI and recently, The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That.

ole is committed to the creative development of its 6o+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).

ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. adminow, ole's online client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include: Taylor Swift singles "Fearless," "White Horse," "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn," "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by Britney Spears; Pink's "U + Ur Hand"; "Sexyback," "My Love," and "What Goes Around" by Justin Timberlake; "Say it Right" and "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado; "Start a Band" by Brad Paisley with Keith Urban; "That's How Country Boys Roll" by Billy Currington; "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" by Justin Moore; "It's Gonna Be Me" from (i)N Sync; "Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme "I Believe"; "Legendary Child" by Aerosmith; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw's "Something Like That."

ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox libraries. With 10 staff in North America, ole's Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform. Our production music division leverages ole's established Administration, Finance and IT services.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

To view the photo associated with this press release, "Pictured at the signing at ole's Nashville offices on Music Row are (l-r) Matt Turner, ole Creative Manager; Mike Sebastian, ole Senior Director, Catalog; Brett Jones and Arthur Buenahora, ole GM, Nashville Creative. Photo: Julie Moe.", please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20121016-ole_pic_oct16.jpg

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