SONGS Music Publishing chooses Kobalt

SONGS executives by Taylor Jewell
SONGS executives by Taylor Jewell

SONGS Music Publishing execs (left to right): Carianne Marshall, Matt Pincus and Ron Perry. Photo: Taylor Jewell

Kobalt to acquire SONGS’ catalogue which includes some of the world’s biggest hits by many of music’s most successful songwriters

The world’s leading independent contemporary music publisher, SONGS Music Publishing, has chosen to sell its catalog to Kobalt Capital’s fund, where it will be administered and serviced by Kobalt Music Publishing. The sale hands Kobalt stewardship of some of the world’s biggest hit songs, including chart-toppers Royals, Can’t Feel My Face, The Hills, Starboy, Lean On, Panda and Uptown Funk. SONGS exclusively publishes many of the most successful songwriters in music, including The Weeknd, Lorde, Diplo and Major Lazer.

“It’s been my great privilege to work at SONGS, a company we built around the idea of empowering songwriters,” commented SONGS’ Head of Creative Licensing, Carianne Marshall. “It’s been an incredible journey that I owe to our amazing writers and our dedicated team both past and present, along with the people in the industry I get to work with every day. I have great faith that our songwriters and catalog will continue to flourish in Kobalt’s trusted hands.”

SONGS Music Publishing is widely known as the principal independent competitor to the four majors in contemporary music publishing. At a time when most independent publishers were looking to build business through the acquisition of pre-existing catalogs, SONGS grew from the ground up through strategic signings and long-term development deals with individual songwriters.

The SONGS catalog includes 50 platinum or multi-platinum songs and over 100 Top 5 singles, including 65 No 1 singles. In addition, SONGS was honoured as ASCAP Independent Publisher of the year in 2016. For more on SONGS Music Publishing, go to:

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