Zara Larsson

CTM Outlander buys New York-based publishing company ONE77 Music

Hilversum, Netherlands, and New York, USA. October 15, 2021.

CTM Outlander has acquired the 2,000-song music publishing catalog of boutique music publishing firm one77 Music, which includes songs written by Demi Lovato, Madonna, Martina McBride, Leona Lewis, John Legend and many more. It also includes Rodrick Doss, who scored the R&B/Hip Hop Top 10 hit ‘Whole Lotta Money’ by BIA feat. Nicki Minaj.

At the same time, the company announced that it had made a deal to represent “total interests” in the works of songwriter Markus “Mack” Sepehrmanesh, a co-writer of Zara Larsson’s “Lush Life” and other songs.

“one77 Music is a unique music publishing company with some outstanding writers whose songs have been recorded by the greatest artists in the world,” CTM Outlander CEO André de Raaff said in a statement. “We are very happy with this new music publishing catalogue addition and a further involvement in Mack’s successful career, in order to grow CTM Outlander’s ambition to become one of the leading independent music companies in the world.”

“André has a holistic understanding of investing in the creative process which ultimately benefits both investor and creator,” one77 Music president and CEO Jennifer Blakeman said in a statement. “I feel very fortunate that he and CTM/Outlander have taken an interest in what we started at one77 Music.”

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Outlander and CTM announce strategic alliance and acquire publishing assets of TEN Music

Stockholm, Sweden, Hilversum, Netherlands, and Dallas, Texas, USA. April 8, 2021.

Outlander Fund and CTM BV are pleased to announce their strategic alliance to acquire music publishing and master rights. CTM OUTLANDER MUSIC LP has the ambition to invest a billion US Dollars over the next 5 years. We also plan to capitalize on Outlander’s intellectual property expertise and knowledge to gather the rights necessary for holographic performances and the issuance of non-fungible tokens (NFTs)—namely, rights to use songs and likenesses for these purposes.

This new partnership has closed on their first catalogue with the acquisition of TEN Music Group’s publishing assets, established by one of the most influential music executives in the world: Ola Håkansson. The portfolio consists of more than 1,000 songs, including global hits by Rihanna, Shakira, Panic! At the Disco and Zara Larsson’s worldwide hit, “Lush Life,” which has been streamed over 950 million times on Spotify alone.

Ola Håkansson, Founder of TEN Music Group, said: “We are convinced that the new partnership between Outlander and CTM, together with André and CTM’s longstanding experience and reputation in music publishing, will provide a great new home for TEN’s publishing catalogue”

Les Ware, a managing Principal of Outlander, said: “We have carefully studied the music IP market for some time now. We have been managing intellectual property for the past 30 years and believe that the time has come to bring our expertise to bear on the music industry. Technology is changing the music market very rapidly and we have the deep expertise necessary to navigate and profit from these changes. The TEN acquisition fits our strategic goals and serves as a robust foundation for our fund’s music acquisitions. In cooperation with André we trust that this is the first of many, many purchases.”

André de Raaff, CEO of CTM Entertainment, stated: “We are thrilled about our relationship with Outlander and its principals’ proven investment savvy, and look forward to many profitable acquisitions with Outlander. We thank Ola Håkansson for his trust and we look forward to managing the TEN portfolio.”

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About Outlander

Outlander Capital Management, LLC is a Dallas-based intellectual property fund targeting both music and patent royalty streams. One of its managing Principals, Les Ware, is the co-founder and chairman of Marconi, a multi-platform patent management firm that manages the licensing of tens of thousands of patents globally for dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other major IP holders around the world. Outlander will create non-fungible tokens (NFTs) representing legendary artists, iconic songs, and unforgettable musical moments. Although many NFTs are indistinguishable from content available freely online, we will differentiate our NFTs by backing them with provable legal rights in the song, the likeness of the artist, and/or in the footage used. By backing NFTs with legal rights, we grant the tokens a seal of authenticity similar to those issued directly by artists or professional organizations, such as the NBA.

Outlander also plans to gather the rights necessary for holographic performances, including the right to use songs and likeness rights in such performances. Our Fund has close long term business relationships with the firms most likely to deliver easily-distributable holographic concert technology. We manage patents in this field and have a deep understanding of the technology as it will apply to both e-sports and music. Thus, we are well-positioned to provide a use-case for the technology which will provide additional revenue streams for our artist partners.

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About CTM

CTM is a Netherlands-based leading independent music entertainment company in Europe with expertise in publishing and master rights exploitation and administration, artist management, and TV-production. André de Raaff is the co-founder and CEO of CTM. André formerly served as President and CEO of Arcade, Europe’s largest independent record company and music publisher. He also partnered with the Dutch pension fund ABP to create Imagem, the leading worldwide independent music publishing company.

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Leslie Ware

Leslie Ware

Leslie D. Ware is a lawyer and entrepreneur living in Dallas, Texas. He has extensive legal experience and has practiced intellectual property law for over 20 years. He specializes in patent management, patent licensing, and patent litigation. He is now the CEO of PanOptis Patent Management LLC.

Mike McKool

Mike McKool

Chairman and a founder of McKool Smith, Mike McKool is largely responsible for creating what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” Since founding the firm in 1991, Mike’s leadership and courtroom achievements have helped McKool Smith grow from an 11-lawyer litigation boutique to a national litigation powerhouse with 185 trial lawyers across eight offices coast to coast.

Andre de Raaff

Andre de Raaff

André founded CTM in 2000 to become one of the most successful independent entertainment music companies, now owned by André and his son Jitze. In 2008, in cooperation with the Dutch pension fund ABP, André succeeded in creating the worldwide leading independent music publishing company IMAGEM in the shortest time ever in history.