Interscope Geffen A&M announced today that the company has extended its deal with producer/ songwriter/ musician/ label head Benny Blanco, which will keep his imprints Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Secrets at the label group “well into the next decade,” according to a press release.
“Benny Blanco is without a doubt one of the most sought after hit makers in contemporary music who has amazing taste and a gift for identifying emerging talent. We are thrilled that he has decided to call Interscope his home well into the future,” said Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman, John Janick. “Benny is a giant part of our future.”
Blanco has been one of the most successful hitmakers of the past decade and beyond, who has produced, co-written and/or contributed to songs by Ed Sheeran (“Don’t,” “Castle On The Hill,” Executive Producer Divide), Julia Michaels (“Issues”), Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”), Halsey, (“Now Or Never”) Maroon 5 (“Moves Like Jagger”, “Payphone”, “Maps”), Katy Perry (“Teenage Dream”, “California Gurls”), Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Kesha (“Tik Tok”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”), Wiz Khalifa (“Work Hard”, “Play Hard”) and more. He has received five BMI Songwriter of the Year awards and is the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. At the latter ceremony earlier this year, Blanco gave a hilarious induction speech for Sheeran (see a photo from the evening below).
“It’s been so easy working with these guys when developing artists can often feel so hard,” said Mr. Blanco. “I couldn’t have a picked a better team of creative minds to work with in John Janick, Steve Berman and Joie Manda.”
Blanco’s first label with IGA was Mad Love Records, founded in 2014, which is home to Tory Lanez, Cashmere Cat, Trill Sammy, and others. Friends Keep Secrets is more indie and experimental and includes Jessie Ware and his own artist project BenZel with twoinchpunch.