Christine Anu and Diana Rouvas split from long-time managers [exclusive]
One could be excused for thinking that mercury must be in retrograde this week.
Two high profile Australian artists have walked from their respective managers after years of service, TMN can exclusively reveal.
First up, Australian entertainer Christine Anu has split from manager Jason Williamson.
The pair had worked together for about 15 years on multiple albums and tours. He also manages Australia’s Got Talent alumni Mitch Tambo and influencer Hayley Hasselhoff.
“I can confirm Jason Williamson Management ended its management relationship with Christine Anu in January,” he told TMN exclusively.
“Christine Anu is an Aussie icon and I am very proud of our successes and time together.
“We shared so many ‘firsts’ in Christine’s career and broke down many barriers for First Nations Artists in the Australian entertainment industry,”
“Working together for nearly two decades is a long time, twice as long as the average marriage these days,” added Williamson.
Anu has since signed a new deal with Media Talent Management (MTM), helmed by Courtney and Titus Day. TMN understands that Anu’s daughter Zipporah has also signed with MTM.
The ‘My Island Home’ singer made headlines this week after news broke of a drink driving charge, saying she was “extremely embarrassed” by the incident.
The 49-year-old was stopped for a random breath test in Rockhampton, in central Queensland, on New Year’s Eve after attending a champagne breakfast: she blew a mid-range 0.109.
The ARIA-winner faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday and was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for three months, after pleading guilty to the charge.
TMN can also reveal that Day has just signed The Voice Australia winner Diana Rouvas.
TMN understands that Rouvas, 36, notified manager Karen Lee-Goody in December that her services were no longer required. They had worked together for about five years.
The EMI Music Australia-signed singer, who got her start as a backup singer for Tina Arena, was spotted together with Day at the Australian decider for Eurovision 2020 three weeks ago.
In a text message, Day told TMN: “Pretty excited by it. They are both such amazing talents.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Christine into the family at MTM,” added Day.
“She is an incredibly talented multifaceted artist and an icon of the Australian entertainment industry who continues to break barriers and inspire people.
“To be able to work alongside her really is a privilege for us.”
The signing of Anu and Rouvas by the Day’s signals a fresh start for the couple, as they look to rebuild their management business after a number of very public breakups.
Television and radio personality Sophie Monk left long-standing agent Day for “great mate” and rival Sean Anderson in January after decade-long relationship.
“To say I am shocked and disappointed is an understatement,” Day told the Daily Telegraph. “Sean and I were good friends for 20 years until he did this to me.”
Monk remains on the MTM website, however, alongside other clients including Australian Idol winner Damien Leith, media personality James Mathison and children’s entertainer Sam Moran.
Day also remains locked in a bitter legal battle with Sony Music Australia-signed Guy Sebastian, who is now under the watchful eyes of Jennifer Fontaine.
Sebastian is suing Day over alleged breaches of contract and, in true Hollywood style, Day is counter-suing over allegations of unpaid commissions.