There’s a new player in the country music scene – rpm entertainment – and it’s building up a head of steam out of the gate by entering into a deal with Clear Channel that will give its labels and artists a share of radio revenues while helping Clear Channel build its internet audio business.
The entertainment group includes rpme records, rpme music group and rpme management, and was launched in May 2012 by Scott Siman.
The deal adds rpm to the growing group of Clear Channel content partners, which also includes Big Machine Label Group, Glassnote Entertainment Group, Naxos and DashGo.
rpme music group owns the rights to such hit songs as “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (Alan Jackson), “I’m Movin’ On” (Rascal Flatts) and “Leave the Pieces” (The Wreckers), among others. rpme management currently represents Maggie Rose, Yarn, Humming House, Carolina Story and a rising country group, The Command Sisters.
“Country music has always been a part of my life – it runs in my veins,” said Siman. “While I am immensely proud of my accomplishments so far, the future is what motivates me. This agreement represents where music is going, and I’m excited that rpm entertainment will be pioneering with Clear Channel.”
“Scott Siman knows country music inside and out,” said Bob Pittman, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel. “His years of experience and his reputation in the industry make him and his company an ideal choice for this partnership. His focus on emerging country artists makes this business model, which allows new acts to reach bigger, more diverse audiences, even more relevant.”
RBR-TVBR observation: Keep these deals coming. The more evidence there is that the issue of performance royalties can be resolved without government intervention, the less likely government intervention will be.