Sony/ATV’s Guy Moot has told Music Week of his pride after the publisher extended its long-running relationship with Noel Gallagher.
The new worldwide agreement continues a relationship dating back more than two decades and covers Gallagher’s entire catalogue, including his work with Oasis and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Gallagher is expected to release his third solo album later this year.
“We are very pleased that we have been able to extend our deal with Noel to include his upcoming album,” said Moot, Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s UK MD and president, worldwide creative.
“We have a close working relationship with Noel’s management [Ignition] right through the company from admin to sync to management.
We’ve been Noel’s publisher from the beginning and new releases are eagerly anticipated by his fans and the wider public and critics.”
Since the end of Oasis in 2009 Gallagher has scored UK No. 1 albums with his new group Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ self-titled debut and its successor Chasing Yesterday, both released via his own label, Sour Mash, which have garnered domestic sales of 827,700 and 301,594, respectively, according to the Official Charts Company.
“Noel’s place in British music is well known, whether as the flag bearer of Britpop to his work with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds,” Moot told Music Week.
Gallagher scored eight UK No. 1 albums and eight No. 1 singles with Oasis, receiving a number of honours with the legendary band, including six BRIT Awards.
He was also recognised in two successive years as Songwriter Of The Year at the Ivor Novello Awards. At the 2013 Ivors he was presented with the Outstanding Song Collection award.
Oasis’ 1995 classic (What’s The Story) Morning Glory and 2009 singles collection Time Flies re-entered the Top 40 recently due, in part, to 1996 No.1 single Don’t Look Back In Anger taking on new resonance in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.
With sales of 4,327,884, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is the fifth best-selling LP in UK history, trailing only Queen’s Greatest Hits, ABBA’s Gold, The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Adele’s 21.
Definitely Maybe, Oasis’ 1994 debut album, is their next biggest seller on 2,060,640, with 1997’s Be Here Now (1,896,065), 2002’s Heathen Chemistry (1,104,616) and 2006 compilation Stop The Clocks (1,399,384) all racking up seven-figure sales in their homeland.