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ole, one of the world’s largest independent music publishers, has acquired a catalogue of songs written by Swedish hit producer/songwriter, Rami Yacoub; the creator of several of pop music’s biggest hits by artists such as Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Pink; which have generated sales of more than 150 million records worldwide. ole acquires Rami’s writer’s […]
ole, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, has acquired a catalogue of songs written by Swedish hit producer/songwriter, Rami Yacoub; the creator of several of pop music's biggest hits by artists such as Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Pink; which have generated sales of more than 150 million records worldwide. ole acquires Rami's writer's share of the compositions immediately and his reversionary publishing rights at 2021.
Notable copyrights in this deal include: "Oops!...I Did It Again," "Stronger" and "Lucky" from Britney Spears' 2000 Oops!...I Did It Again album, which peaked at no. 9, 10, and 23, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; "Overprotected" and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" from Spears' 2001 album Britney - both records topped the Billboard 200 albums chart; the number one Billboard hit "It's Gonna Be Me" from 'N Sync's No Strings Attached album in 2000; Pink's "You and Your Hand," which reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 from her 2006 I'm Not Dead album; and "Shape of My Heart" from Backstreet Boys turn-of-the- millennium Black & Blue album, peaking at number 9 on the Billboard singles' chart. Other Rami copyrights under this acquisition include additional titles by the Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Westlife and Michael Bolton, among others.
As evidenced by an early slate of deals in 2011, ole continues on an aggressive acquisitions path and has a substantial acquisition war chest to draw upon. Solidly profitable and entering its 7th year of operation with U.S. and Canadian operations, the company has over $105MM USD in acquisitions under its belt and is capable of acquiring into the nine figures or beyond. ole CEO Robert Ott says, "There is no dollar value of acquisition that is out of reach for us, given that we see value."
Rami, a longtime collaborator of fellow Swede and three-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Max Martin, began his prosperous music career at age 13 playing bass in a local band in Stockholm. At the age of 18, he found he had a talent for songwriting and producing as he began creating remixes using a sampler, mixing board, and synthesizers. In 1998, Rami began working with Max Martin, who was enjoying great success as producer/songwriter working out of the legendary Chelion Studios in Stockholm, a facility for which Martin would become director that summer following the passing of Denniz Pop. The first collaboration with Martin saw Rami co-produce the ground-breaking hit "...Baby One More Time," which launched the career of international pop star, Britney Spears.
Says Robert Ott: "ole looks forward to working with Rami and his partner publishers towards the continued success of this great legacy of songs."
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