Sony/ATV Music Publishing has today (February 26) confirmed it has signed the catalogues of Billy Ocean and Slade, which are but two of a series of new deals with legacy songwriters and artists including Billy Bragg, Divine Comedy, The Real Thing, Embrace, Doves, Swing Out Sister, Matt Bianco and The Bluetones.
The deals announced by the catalogue team cover songwriters newly signed to Sony/ATV as well as renewals or expansions of agreements with talent already on the roster.
Sony/ATV will now represent the catalogue of singer/songwriter Billy Ocean, as well as the catalogue of songs written by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea for Slade – including the ubiquitous Cum On Feel The Noize and Merry Xmas Everybody. Also new to Sony/ATV are Matt Bianco/Basia (with the deal covering Bianco’s catalogue, including 1980s tracks Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed and Half A Minute) and Swing Out Sister (covering their entire back catalogue, including the Grammy-nominated global hit Breakout).
In addition to these new singings, Sony/ATV secured deal extensions with The Bluetones, Billy Bragg, Doves, Embrace, Scorpio Music (whose song catalogue includes YMCA and other tracks by Village People), The Real Thing and Neil Hannon/Divine Comedy and also renewed deals with Inner Circle.
Speaking about the deals, Sony/ATV senior VP A&R/catalogue Fran Malyan said: “I am extremely proud that all these wonderful songwriters and artists have decided to entrust their amazing catalogues of songs with Sony/ATV. Catalogue is a real priority for us and these deals show just how focused we are on this important area of our business. For us, it is all about being proactive. We have an experienced and dedicated Catalogue team who are actively working these iconic catalogues and doing everything possible to make them grow.”