Reservoir CEO Named One of Billboard’s Women in Music

Reservoir Founder & CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi has been named one of Billboard’s 2019 Women In Music for the third year in a row. The annual Women In Music list includes 150 female industry leaders who have played a significant role in their field, from label executives to agents to music publishers. Billboard noted that Reservoir’s revenue, “grew by 39% in fiscal year 2018 and 34% in the first six months of this year” and elaborated that Khosrowshahi is, “now reshaping this leading indie publisher as a full-service music company with the acquisition of Chrysalis Records, which boosted Reservoir’s recorded-music catalog to 20,000 masters.”

Reservoir Named 2019 Publisher of the Year by Music Business Worldwide

As announced by Music Business Worldwide, Reservoir was named Publisher of the Year at the media outlet’s annual A&R Awards ceremony. This marks Reservoir’s second win in this category, and third consecutive nomination, as the company was also awarded the title in 2017. Reservoir UK Head of Creative Charlie Pinder, alongside President and COO Rell Lafargue, accepted the award on the company’s behalf, thanking the rest of the UK Creative team including Managing Director Annette Barrett, A&R Manager Benjamin Akpojaro, and Creative and Administrative Manager Chloe Pullinger, plus Reservoir’s Creative teams in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York, and Reservoir songwriter Jamie Hartman, also one of the night’s nominees.

Now in its fourth year, The A&R Awards, presented by Music Business Worldwide in association with Abbey Road Studios, celebrates UK achievements in the field of A&R. Jamie Hartman also earned a nomination for Songwriter of the Year, an award that recognizes the very best in behind-the-scenes UK musical creatives, voted on by a worldwide panel of expert and experienced A&R figures. Among Hartman’s many accomplishments this year are co-writing and/or producing hits including “Giant” performed by Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man, Lewis Capaldi’s “Hold Me While You Wait” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” off the breakthrough artist’s record-breaking #1 debut album Divinely Inspired To A Hellish Extent, Backstreet Boys’ Grammy-nominated and BMI Award-winning hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and Louis Tomlinson’s comeback single “Kill My Mind,” plus additional collaborations with Jamie CullumLukas Nelson and Promise of the RealGuy SebastianChristian Paul, and more. Furthermore, “Giant” earned a nomination for the inaugural Song of the Year category at the awards ceremony.

This Publisher of the Year win caps off an exciting week for Reservoir, who just on Thursday earned a Top 10 U.S. Market Share for Hot 100 Songs according to Billboard’s Publishers Quarterly report. Coming in at #5 with 3.96% of the total market share, this notably marks the company’s eighth appearance since Q2 of 2017 and its highest rankings to date. Additionally, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita,” co-written by Reservoir’s Ali Tamposi, was named the #3 Hot 100 Song, while Post Malone’s “Goodbyes” featuring and co-written by Young Thug came in at #8.

Reservoir Co-Signs Writer-Producer Thom Bridges

Reservoir has teamed up with Benelux sub-publishing partner CTM Publishing to co-sign Thom Bridges to a worldwide publishing deal. The collaborative joint-venture will see Reservoir and CTM work together on all creative and administrative aspects of Bridges’ songwriting career, including the support of his upcoming artist project with Universal Music Germany, plus recently released single “Let’s Get Married” performed by Yellow Claw featuring fellow Reservoir rostermate Offset and Era Istrefi.

Based between Amsterdam and Los Angeles, the Dutch-born Bridges is a highly sought-after writer-producer best known for his collaborations with Dutch DJ-producer duo Yellow Claw. Bridges teamed up with the duo on their #1 Billboard Dance Album Blood For Mercy, plus follow-up albums Los AmsterdamNew Blood, and Danger Days, which included collaborations with DJ Snake, Elliphant, Tinie Tempah, Quavo, and Juicy J, among others. He also co-wrote Yellow Claw’s recent singles “Baila Conmigo” and “We Can Get High.” Bridges’ remix of Olivia Holt’s “Generous” earned him his second Billboard #1, when the dance-pop cut topped the US Dance Club Songs chart. To date, his works have been streamed over one billion times.

At only 25 years old, Bridges has already cultivated an impressive list of collaborators spanning multiple genres, including David Guetta, 30 Seconds To Mars, James Arthur, Jason Derulo, A$AP Ferg, Snoop Dog, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, T-Pain, Gucci Mane, Agnez Mo, Sofia Reyes, and Martin Jensen, to name a few.

“I am very proud of how Thom has developed as a successful writer and producer under the wings of CTM in the last five years,” notes CTM Publishing Managing Director Jitze de Raaff, who has been working with Bridges since 2014. “Now it’s time for the next step in his career and I couldn’t be happier to be doing this together with our longtime partner Reservoir.”

“I’m so excited to finally announce that I’ve signed a publishing deal with Reservoir and CTM Publishing. New family, new adventures, and a lot of new music to come,” says Bridges.

Adds Reservoir EVP of Creative Donna Caseine, “Thom is one of the most exciting emerging talents I’ve come across. It is wonderful to welcome him to the Reservoir family alongside our partners at CTM, utilizing our combined strengths and networks to elevate his already impressive career.”

Jollibee Now Open at Pacific Place Mall

After months of anticipation, Jollibee opened their first Calgary location at Wesbild’s Pacific Place Mall last Friday, September 20.

On Thursday, dozens of people had already lined up for Jollibee, with hundreds of people visiting the restaurant on opening day. Patrons enjoyed Jollibee favorites like Jolly Crispy Chicken, Jolly Spaghetti and Peach Mango Pie.

Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, with over 2,500 locations in 21 countries. The first Canadian Jollibee opened in Winnipeg in 2016. Pacific Place Mall is the seventh Jollibee location in Canada.

James Cheney Joins Reservoir Executive Team

Reservoir announces the addition of key Creative executive James Cheney to the Reservoir team. As VP of Creative and A&R, the Los Angeles-based Cheney will look after songwriters for the Company, in addition to signing and developing new talent alongside the Creative teams in LA, New York, Nashville, and London. For his first signing, Cheney brings Grammy Award-winning writer-producer-artist Rami Dawod to the roster, in a deal that will see Reservoir represent future works for the triple-threat.

One-half of RCA Records’ production duo Jarami, Dawod won the 2019 Grammy for Best Dance Recording for co-writing and co-producing “Electricity” performed by Mark Ronson and Diplo’s supergroup, Silk City featuring Dua Lipa. Additional writing and production credits include Camila Cabello’s 3x-Platinum and Top 40 #1 hit “Never Be The Same,” plus “You & Me” by Marc E. Bassy, and Frank Ocean’s “Chanel,” “Biking,” and “Lens.” As part of Jarami, Dawod has released two EPs, Sketches and Sketches II, and a host of impressive singles including “Post Mates (featuring Cautious Clay),” released last month. Originally from Sweden, Rami is based between Stockholm and Los Angeles.

Cheney comes to Reservoir with over 15 years of creative experience, most recently at Spirit Music Group. Throughout his career, he has overseen award-winning and notable acts including The RZA, The Roots, The Matrix, Brian Lee, DJ Mustard, Jeff Gitelman, and more. Cheney has been working with Dawod for the last three years, overseeing his creative development as writer-producer.

“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career together with Reservoir and my dear friend and A&R, James Cheney,” said Dawod. “My producing partner Jacob and I are super excited for the future of Jarami and I am happy to share and continue the journey together with Reservoir.”

“Rami is a truly gifted songwriter who combines impeccable taste and pop sensibility with great vision. It has been an honor to guide his creative career over the last three years and I am thrilled to be continuing the relationship at Reservoir. We’ve only scratched the surface of what’s to come,” said Cheney. “The chance to work at a creative-minded music company with Donna Caseine and the rest of the team was the perfect move forward for me. I am very thankful to Golnar Khosrowshahi and Rell Lafargue for the opportunity, and excited to work with Reservoir’s incredible roster of songwriters.”

“James is very well-respected in the industry; he has an eye for talent and excellent taste,” adds Reservoir President and COO, Rell Lafargue. “He fits in seamlessly with our global Creative team and has already proven to be an asset to the company in bringing an exceptional talent like Rami on board. We’re excited to be welcoming them both into the Reservoir family.”

Wesbild LIFT Scholarship Awarded to 20 Graduates

On June 21, Wesbild was proud to attend the CABE Secondary convocation ceremony to present the Wesbild LIFT scholarship to twenty graduates – the largest recipient group since the scholarship was introduced in 2012.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Ava Fanzega-Mcbean towards the Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art & Design
  • Caitlin Cramer towards the Head Start in Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art & Design
  • Courtney Abbott-Brown towards a General Studies diploma at Douglas College
  • Larissa Christensen towards a General Studies diploma at Douglas College
  • Nima Azizi towards Criminology at Douglas College
  • Olivia Greenland towards the Farrier Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Priscila Castro Orellana towards the Youth Justice Program at Douglas College
  • Raphael Groushvitski towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of British Columbia
  • Brandon Wareham towards General Studies at Douglas College
  • Carter Jones towards Mechanical Engineering Technology at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Jonathan Kantor towards Criminology at Douglas College
  • Kaitlyn Barry towards the Child & Youth Worker program at Douglas College
  • Rosabelle Omid towards the Dispensary Optician program at Douglas College
  • Sabrina Desaulniers towards General Studies at Douglas College
  • Ashly Aracena towards General Studies at Douglas College
  • Ashton Berg towards Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Dakoda Savage towards General Studies at Douglas College
  • Jaden Louis-Charles towards the Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate at Douglas College
  • Raymond Rathjen towards Heating, Venting, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Stefanie Kamerling towards Forest & Natural Areas Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology

We also presented scholarships to two students who graduated in December, and who are already attending post-secondary:

  • Emily Andrews towards Nursing at Douglas College
  • Grace Wagg towards General Studies at Douglas College

The Wesbild LIFT Scholarship has committed significant funds to support CABE graduates get post secondary training and education. The scholarship is open to current CABE graduates. Grads from up to 18 months ago can also apply, along with graduates from other schools in School District 43 but who have spent 75% or more of their time at CABE.

Reservoir Media Announces First Signing to New Nashville Office

Reservoir announced the signing of #1 and Platinum-selling country songwriter and singer Josh Mirenda to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal includes an interest in Mirenda’s entire catalog of works, plus exclusive representation on all future titles.

A Nashville native, Mirenda has co-written three #1 singles in as many years. The Platinum-selling “Somewhere On A Beach,” performed by Dierks Bentley, topped Billboard’s Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts and earned Mirenda the ASCAP Song of the Year award. Meanwhile, “They Don’t Know” and “Girl Like You” written for frequent collaborator Jason Aldean rose to #1 on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart and the Billboard Country Airplay chart, respectively.

In 2017, Mirenda released his debut single as a performer, “I Got You,” which has since climbed to 22 million streams globally. Following the launch of his 2018 self-titled EP, Mirenda went back to the studio with plans to drop a full-length debut album later this year. No stranger to the stage, he has spent the last few years on the road opening for artists including Easton Corbin, Rodney Atkins, Dylan Scott, and Chris Young.

“Josh is an unbelievably talented songwriter and artist,” said Reservoir EVP of Creative John Ozier. “He has already written three huge hits and is just getting started. We are so excited to be working with him as we build out the Reservoir Nashville roster.”

Added Mirenda, “I am both honored and excited for this opportunity to work alongside John Ozier, Greg Gallo, and the entire Reservoir staff. Their commitment to writers, as well as artists, is unparalleled.”

Reservoir Signs Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter/Artist Ruthanne to a Worldwide Publishing Deal

Reservoir announces the signing of multi-Platinum-selling songwriter and pop recording artist RuthAnne to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal includes titles from RuthAnne’s catalog of hits, plus future works.

Based in London, the Irish-born RuthAnne boasts a string of collaborations with some of the biggest names in pop music from One Direction to Britney Spears. Her chart topping co-writes with Spears (“Work B**ch”), Niall Horan (“Slow Hands”), and Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha (“In the Name of Love”) have amassed two billion streams between them and received Platinum or multi-Platinum certifications, while she also co-wrote breakthrough songs for One Direction, Westlife, and JoJo, among others. Moreover, her collaboration with JRY, “Pray” off Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, on which she is also a featured vocalist, contributed to the album’s Billboard 200 #1.

Also an accomplished performer, RuthAnne is set to launch her forthcoming debut album as a solo artist later this year. Effortlessly blending authentic songwriting with pop sensibilities, she celebrated the release of her latest single “Superman” just last month, with previous singles including “Liquid,” “It Is What It Is,” and “The Vow” each topping millions of streams worldwide. Meanwhile, on the road, she has shared stages with the likes of Alanis Morrissette and Hozier.

“I’m excited to welcome RuthAnne to the Reservoir family of extraordinary songwriters,” said Reservoir EVP of Creative Donna Caseine. “From the hits that she’s written with and for other artists to her own music, RuthAnne’s songs will be played for years to come. We are honored to be her creative partner during this exciting time in her career.”

“I am beyond happy to sign a publishing deal with Reservoir and join their amazing roster,” added RuthAnne. “I have been a fan of what Donna and the entire Reservoir team have been doing in the industry for some time now, and I’m excited for all the amazing things to come from working together.”

A New Chapter in The Commonage at Predator Ridge

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