Reservoir Media

Reservoir announces global publishing deal with #1 and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé

The deal includes her upcoming album, plus future works.

New York, 18th October 2021 Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a new publishing deal with Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. The deal includes her upcoming album, plus future works.

Born and raised in Scotland, Sandé’s popularity rose in the U.K. following a series of chart-topping singles, starting with “Heaven,” in 2011, which peaked at #2 on the U.K. Official Charts. Two additional singles, “Read All About It” with Professor Green and “Beneath Your Beautiful” with Labrinth, climbed to #1 across the U.K. and Ireland. She broke through in the U.S. with 2012’s Platinum-selling “Next To Me,” which soared to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart and was a Top 5 Adult Top 40 and Top 10 Adult Contemporary and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit.

“Next To Me” was off Sandé’s debut album, Our Version of Events, which reached #28 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album also spent 10 weeks at #1 on the U.K. album charts and became the best-selling U.K. album of the year. In 2016, she released Long Live the Angels, which reached #2 on the U.K. album chart, and her last album, Real Life, went Top 10 in 2019. Last month, Sandé dropped her newest single, “Family” an uplifting, spiritual track off her upcoming album, expected in 2022.

Across her career, Sandé has collaborated with a wide range of artists including David Guetta, Rudimental, Ghetts, Giggs, Bugzy Malone, Chip, Labrinth, and Naughty Boy. In 2012, she had the honor of performing at both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, delivering an incredible version of the hymn, “Abide With Me.”  She has also earned impressive recognition from the Brit Awards, taking home the acclaimed Critics’ Choice Award in 2012 and two additional awards the following year for ‘Best British Female Solo Artist’ and ‘British Album of the Year.’ She was again honored in 2017 winning the Brit Award for ‘Best British Female Solo Artist.’

On the new deal with Reservoir, Sandé said, “I’m very excited to have signed with Reservoir! It feels great to join their impressive roster. I’m looking forward to all the music ahead and working with their fantastic team.”

Annette Barrett, Reservoir U.K. Managing Director and Global Strategic Liaison added, “I am beyond thrilled to be able to sign Emeli Sandé, who is such a great addition to our roster. She is an amazing talent; I have admired her songwriting and artist career over the years and am so excited for the release of her new work.”

Reservoir EVP, Global Creative Director Donna Caseine also commented, “We are so pleased to welcome Emeli to the Reservoir family. Her achievements in the U.K. and abroad have been so impressive. From Our Version of Events to her upcoming LP, Emeli continues to be a powerful and important songwriter and artist. Our team is looking forward to supporting her talent and bolstering her success in the U.S.”



Reservoir Media, Inc. is an independent music company based in New York City and with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, London, and Abu Dhabi. Reservoir is the first U.S.-based publicly traded independent music company and the first female founded and led publicly traded music company in the U.S. Founded as a family-owned music publisher in 2007, Reservoir has grown to represent over 130,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings with titles dating as far back as 1900 and hundreds of #1 releases worldwide. Reservoir holds a regular Top 10 U.S. Market Share according to Billboard’s Publishers Quarterly, was twice named Publisher of the Year by Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards, and won Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2020 Music Week Awards.

Reservoir also represents a multitude of recorded music through Chrysalis Records, Tommy Boy Records, and Philly Groove Records and manages artists through its ventures with Blue Raincoat Music and Big Life Management.


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  • the ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition and the ability of Reservoir to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees;
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  • geopolitical risk and changes in applicable laws or regulations;
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  • litigation and regulatory enforcement risks, including the diversion of management time and attention and the additional costs and demands on Reservoir’s resources.

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Reservoir is an independent music company based in New York City and with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, London, and Abu Dhabi.