26 October, 2018Print
Downtown Inks Deal With Theophilus London
Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 2018 - Today, Downtown Music Publishing announced the signing of genre-transcending rapper, singer-songwriter, and fashion icon Theophilus London to his first publishing agreement, covering his entire song catalog.
London has a catalog that draws inspiration from a variety of musical styles ranging from hip-hop, R&B, and pop to new wave, post-punk, and electro -- and has likewise built a diverse list of collaborators that include Kanye West, Solange Knowles, Big Boi of OutKast, A$AP Rocky, Mark Ronson, Azealia Banks, Ariel Pink, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, and Sara Quin of Canadian pop duo Tegan and Sara. London also appeared alongside Paul McCartney and Allan Kingdom on West's "All Day" single in 2015, which debuted live at the Brit Awards and received nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards the following year.
"Theophilus is a true artist. I've always loved his music and admired how his incredible talents push culture forward," said Gould. "He exemplifies the type of creative with whom we strive to partner here at Downtown. I look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Theo and the indie-pop team."
Ben Willis from Theophilus' management company indie-pop and record label independently popular. added, "When my partner Carlo and I were chatting about the roll-out for Theo's new project, we knew that the best way to maximize our efforts was to have a great publishing partner. The first company that came to mind was Downtown -- someone that was more boutique, but also had a great roster of tastemaker artists. And since our good friend Andrew Gould just took the helm there, we knew he would see the vision -- and he did. We couldn't be happier to have Theophilus as a part of their family!"
The Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-bred artist began his career with a series of mixtapes that garnered major label attention, leading to London's signing with Reprise/Warner Bros. for the release of his studio debut, the Lovers Holiday EP, in 2011. Later that year, his first full-length studio album Timez Are Weird These Days was released, peaking at number 30 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. London released his sophomore studio album Vibes in 2014, which was executive produced by West and also featured legendary artist, songwriter, and producer Leon Ware (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye) and new jack swing forefathers the Force MDs. The stylish lyricist has also made a significant mark on the world of fashion, collaborating with brands like Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, and Cole Haan.
London's latest project, Nights B4 Bebey, was released in July, 2018 and previews his forthcoming album (TBA). London has also been teasing an upcoming project with Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, to be released under the moniker Theo Impala.
Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the world's leading rights-management firms with offices in major music markets around the globe, including New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris, and Sydney. The company's catalog spans over a hundred years of popular music, encompassing some of the world's most beloved songwriters and artists including The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Hans Zimmer, The Kinks, One Direction, Mötley Crüe, Robin Thicke, Naughty Boy, Hardwell, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Santigold, Carla Bruni, and Social Distortion. Downtown Music Publishing is wholly owned by Downtown & Company, which also owns New York-based Downtown Music Studios and Songtrust?, the world's largest technology platform for songwriting and music publishing royalties, which powers global royalty collection from over 120 territories and more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide.