Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock Sign To Sony/ATV Through New JV TwentySeven
Little Mix members Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock have signed to a new joint venture TwentySeven Music Publishing with seasoned industry executive Barry Weiss and songwriter Jenna Andrews.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Co-President, U.S. Danny Strick said: “We are very excited to have launched this new joint venture with TwentySeven Music Publishing. Barry’s long and distinguished record in the industry speaks for itself and he has a first-rate partner in Jenna whose talents as a Sony/ATV songwriter are coupled with her gifts for discovering and nurturing talent. The JV is off to a great start with Little Mix and embodies the high expectations we have for this partnership.”
TwentySeven Music Publishing co-founders Barry Weiss and Jenna Andrews said: “We’re an unlikely pairing of business and creative but the alchemy really works. We’re ready to kill it in the world of music publishing and are excited about Little Mix, our other new signings and the opportunity to partner with everyone at Sony/ATV.”
Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock said: “We’re so excited to be a part of the Sony/ATV and TwentySeven team! It feels amazing after eight years in the industry to be recognized as songwriters! We can’t wait to begin our journey with Jenna Andrews and Barry Weiss.”
The Little Mix girls are one of several initial signings to TwentySeven Music Publishing, which has been set up as a joint venture between the world’s leading music publisher Sony/ATV and Barry Weiss and Jenna Andrews. Weiss, formerly an executive at Jive/RCA/Sony and Universal/Island Def Jam/Republic/Motown, is co-founder/partner of the Sony Music label venture RECORDS, where Sony/ATV songwriter Andrews is an A&R consultant. The new publishing venture’s operations include a studio setup in Los Angeles where A&R consultant Randi Razzano is based and there are plans to appoint an A&R consultant focusing on urban.
Also signed to TwentySeven are LA-based singer-songwriter and Asylum Records recording artist Anna Clendening and New Jersey songwriter, producer, engineer and DJ Rob Grimaldi who has worked extensively with Capitol Records act Queen Naija. The JV additionally has an administration deal with Wide Open Music whose roster includes songwriters Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell and Ash Bowers and which co-published Brett Young’s Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 hit and RIAA triple-platinum certified “In Case You Didn’t Know.”