Sony/ATV Music Publishing Signs Grimes Through Deal With Jack Antonoff's Rough Customer
February 22, 2016 at 11:19 AM (PT)
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING has signed CANADIAN singer-songwriter CLAIRE BOUCHER aka GRIMES in the first deal through its new joint venture ROUGH CUSTOMER with GRAMMY-winning songwriter JACK ANTONOFF.
The worldwide agreement includes the songs on GRIMES’ fourth studio album, "Art Angels," which she wrote and produced entirely herself and became her first Top 40 hit in the U.S. and U.K. following its release last NOVEMBER, ending up on many critics' year-end Best 10 lists.
The deal also solidifies her working relationship with GRAMMY Song of the Year winner and GOLDEN GLOBE nominee ANTONOFF who has written with artists including TAYLOR SWIFT, SARA BAREILLES and CHRISTINA PERRI. Back in the spring, GRIMES collaborated with ANTONOFF’s band BLEACHERS on the song, "Entropy," from the "Girls" soundtrack. This is the first signing to ANTONOFF's new SONY/ATV JV ROUGH CUSTOMER. which focuses primarily on growing his team of collaborators and partnering with artists.
Commented SONY/ATV SVP Creative JENNIFER KNOEPFLE: “GRIMES is a rare and special talent and we are so pleased that she has chosen ROUGH CUSTOMER and SONY/ATV as her publisher. An accomplished songwriter, producer and visual artist, she is truly a triple threat and a phenomenal addition.”
Added ANTONOFF: “I wanted to start a publishing company to work with friends who are making important work. It really couldn't be more special to start things with CLAIRE. She's one of my all-time favorite artists and a wonderful person. Her work matters on the highest level and I feel deeply proud to know her, have worked with her and now be involves here as well.”
ANTONOFF's manager/partner TYLER CHILDS added: “CLAIRE is one of the preeminent artists of this generation. She continues to push boundaries, both musically and visually. We’re so honored that she chose to work with us and couldn’t imagine a better first partnership for ROUGH CUSTOMER.”