New York-based music company Reservoir Media Management has swooped for UK publisher Reverb Music.
The deal covers the entire Reverb operation, including its catalogue of over 30,000 copyrights and agreements with more than 100 songwriters.
Reservoir President Golnar Khosrowshahi confirmed today that Reverb Managing Director, Annette Barrett, will remain on board as the head of the London office and European operations, which will continue under the Reverb name and brand for the foreseeable future.
“The acquisition of Reverb Music builds on Reservoir’s already robust infrastructure by adding an administrative and creative presence for our company and our songwriters in the United Kingdom,” says Reservoir Executive Vice President Rell Lafargue. “I look forward to integrating the Reverb catalogue and welcoming the team, as well as a host of incredibly talented songwriters.”
Among Reverb’s key songwriters are BMI Award winner Jamie Hartman (The Wanted, Joss Stone), writer-producer John Fortis (Ellie Goulding, Prodigy), musical director and touring keyboardist for Depeche Mode, Peter Gordeno (U2, George Michael, Seal) and Italian writer-producer Matteo Saggese (IL Divo, Zucchero , Adrianno Celantano).
Barrett brings 30 years of music publishing experience to the arrangement, including executive roles at Virgin Music and Warner Chappell Music UK. She has worked with talents including George Michael, Elton John, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Prince, Sting, Madonna, and The Police.
Since joining Reverb in 2001, Barrett has been instrumental in building a diverse catalogue of hits, which includes Daniel Bedingfield’s Gotta Get Thru This, Apollo 440’s Stop The Rock, Jessie J’s Stand Up, 50 Cent’s P.I.M.P.,
Bananarama’s Cruel Summer, and Rihanna’s Man Down, as well as the themes to the internationally aired X Factor and Got Talent television series.
Barrett comments: “I am thrilled to forge this new relationship with Reservoir and carry on the Reverb legacy. To be able to continue to build on the strong foundations of the catalogue and current roster created with the support and resources of Reservoir is ideal”.
Reverb was established in 1991 by the late Ian Wright. Accomplishments this year include placement of the dance track “Downpipe” in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the #1 release of Conor Maynard’s album, Contrast, and the #5 debut of Ronan Keating’s Fires.
Reservoir is a New York City based boutique music publisher boasting a multi-genre, hit-driven catalogue. With over 75 #1 singles worldwide by 50 Cent, 2 Chainz, Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Donna Summer, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Usher, among many others, Reservoir is home to the catalogues of Nate “Danja” Hills, Lil Jon, Scott Storch, John Rich, Kenny Alphin, Bruce Roberts, and Stephen “Static Major” Garrett.