News: Jay-Z Reportedly Signs Roc Nation's First Rock Group

Monday, Nov 16, 2009 10:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z has reportedly signed rock-oriented group The Ting Tings to his Roc Nation company which would represent the rapper's first non-urban group on the company's artist roster.

While details are still surfacing, Hov is being credited as bringing the duo under his wing.

Jay-Z's Live Nation-backed Roc Nation, which has a distribution deal with Sony Music, has inked British pop-rockers The Tings Tings, now at work on their sophomore album. The rapper apparently plans to work with the group on the recording. (Hits Daily Double)

Speculation began to grow earlier this month and an unnamed source also confirmed the move.

"Jay is hoping to lend his production skills to some of the new material, the staccato rhythmic style of The Ting Tings sits well with what he does best, so that was the attraction," the source explained. "Jay can make them one of the biggest British bands across the pond" (The Hip Hop Chronicle)

Jay's "rock" interests were brought to light last summer while attending a Grizzly Bear concert in Brooklyn, New York.

The story of the day, Sunday, August 30th, would have been that, after an opening set by Beach House (who played after Vega) followed by a brief introduction by Senator Chuck Schumer, Grizzly Bear closed out the 2009 Pool Party season at the Williamsburg Waterfront with a beautiful 1+ hour set in front of the Manhattan skyline on a perfect Brooklyn day. Instead, Solange Knowles and her sister Beyonce who brought her husband Jay-Z decided to show up and watch Grizzly Bear from the soundboard. And that become the real topic of conversation for twitterers, texters, and the throngs of people walking toward Bedford around 7:30pm when the concert was over. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The Ting Tings are reportedly working on their sophomore album.

The Ting Tings -- a scrappy, dance-oriented indie pop duo consisting of singer/guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino -- formed in the Salford district of Manchester, England, in 2006. Quickly signed to the local indie label Switchflicker Records, the Ting Tings released their debut single, "That's Not My Name," in the spring of 2007. Following the limited-edition, tour-only single "Fruit Machine," the Ting Tings signed to major label Columbia Records later that year. "That's Not My Name" rose to the top of the U.K. charts in May 2008, the same month that the duo's debut album, We Started Nothing, appeared. (All Music)

No further information has been provided as of now.

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