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ole Acquires Anthem Entertainment Group

(Left to right) Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush with Robert Ott, ole Chairman and CEO
(Left to right) Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush with Robert Ott, ole Chairman and CEO

ole has acquired Anthem Entertainment Group, the label home of Rush as well as Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Steven Page, The Tea Party, and other artists. Anthem will continue to operate as a label under the ole label services banner, which includes its recently launched artist incubator red dot, and signals ole’s official push into the label services, master acquisition and artist development space.

The deal adds to ole’s earlier acquisitions of Core Music Publishing (Rush) and Mark Cain (Max Webster), and comprises all the legacy audio and A/V recordings of Rush and other Anthem artists, including the chart-topping new release Secrets by Ian Thornley, Steven Page’s upcoming solo album, and the upcoming live album and concert film from the Rush R40 Tour. Andy Curran, long-time A&R director at Anthem, joins ole as General Manager Label Services/A&R, together with Tyler Tasson as Manager, Label Services.

ole, a music publishing and rights management company, has concluded some $500M USD in acquisitions over the past 11 years and already manages master recordings for itself and as a service to third parties across the music and A/V spectrum. Via red dot, ole’s artist development label, ole is currently releasing music from artists including Haley Reinhart, Josh Dorr, Josh Thompson, Jordan Davis and Sam Grow. red dot’s mandate is to act as an incubator that boosts artists to the next stage of their career. Strengthening its label services, ole operates a successful and complementary YouTube multi-channel network, ole Digital, which was established in 2013 with over 5B views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.

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