Industry Ink: Hot Chelle Rae, Forrest Finn, Bart Butler, Lalo

Hot Chelle Rae Inks With ICM Partners

Hot Chelle Rae has signed with ICM Partners for worldwide representation in all areas. The band will be represented by a team of agents led by Mike Hayes and Scott Mantell. Hot Chelle Rae formed in Nashville in 2005 and their debut album, Lovesick Electric, was released in 2009.

In 2011, the group gained widespread attention for their triple platinum single “Tonight Tonight” and their double platinum single “I Like It Like That.” Combined, the songs have sold more than 4 million copies and have totaled approximately 80 million YouTube video views. Following a several-year hiatus, Hot Chelle Rae has been back in the studio, teasing new music due out this year along with worldwide tour plans.


Forrest Finn Joins MV2 Roster

Pictured (L-R, back row): Molly Shehan (Partner, Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC), Nicole Sherrill (Creative Director, MV2), Lindsey Parrish (Digital Marketing Manager, MV2), Lauren Davis (Artist Management, Contract Administration, MV2), Ben Strain (Creative Director, MV2), Lydia Shultz (Manager, Creative Services, SESAC); (L-R, front row): Mike Whelan (Senior Creative Director, MV2), Forrest Finn, Tony Harrell (General Manager, MV2)

Forrest Finn has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with MV2. The songwriter/producer and Belmont University alum graduated in 2018 with a degree in songwriting. Born and raised in Ipswich, Massachusetts, he moved to Nashville in 2014 to attend Belmont and pursue his love for music. “We are so excited to welcome Forrest Finn to our MV2 family,” said General Manager Tony Harrell. “He is at the start of an amazing career, and we can’t wait to work with him and watch him grow.”


Bart Butler And Lalo Find Their Mojo

Pictured (L-R): Butch Baker (Mojo SVP), Bart Butler (Co-Producer/Writer), Keithan Melton (Mojo Senior Creative Director) and Courtney Crist (Mojo Senior Creative Director)

Bart Butler has signed an exclusive multi-year worldwide publishing deal with Mojo Music And Media, continuing his longstanding partnership with the company.  The fast-growing independent publisher has also signed an exclusive long-term deal with rising songwriter/producer Lalo, it was announced today by Mojo SVP Butch Baker.

Butler has had a solid run of hits in recent years, writing and co-producing Jon Pardi’s breakthrough hits “Missin’ You Crazy,” “Up All Night,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin” and “What I Can’t Put Down,” as well as his 2016 No. 1 single “Heartache On The Dance Floor.” He also co-wrote Thomas Rhett’s chart-topper “Make Me Wanna” and Craig Campbell’s “See You Try.” Most recently, Butler co-produced Pardi’s third album, Heartache Medication, on which he co-wrote seven tracks. In addition to the songwriter deal, the new Butler/Mojo pact launches Camo Cowboy Music, a JV publishing company.  Mojo has also extended its association with Bill Butler Music.


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