On Monday, the Villebillies and Sony Music Entertainment finalized a five-album deal, and Sony will immediately release the band’s latest song, “Spooky,” as a single. In addition, Island Earth Music — a record label owned by Tucker, Villebillie Demi Demaree, producer BJ Young and videographer Shaun Wilson — has been given a production deal and an additional five-album option dedicated to Earth Island Music artists.
“I can’t even believe it,” Tucker said. “We’re like a cat. We’ve got nine lives.”
It was a slow-motion whirlwind courtship.
Tucker said that he would only occasionally send tracks to Sony, just keeping the band’s name out there, and would often not get a response for weeks. Sometimes he went a couple of years without talking to anyone there. But on Sept. 30 he sent them “Spooky,” which is based on a sample of Dusty Springfield’s 1970 single of the same name.
Thirty minutes later, he had a response. Tucker promised to send them Wilson’s video for the song a few days later, on Oct. 3. An hour after he sent the video, Sony called with a Villebillies offer. An hour after that, it added the Island Earth production deal.
“That’s a damn good day,” Tucker said, laughing.
Read more from source metromix
Jeffery Lee Puckett
October 16, 2013