Independent London-based publisher Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive worldwide deal to handle copyright administration for Max Martin's hitmaking production and publishing firm Maratone.

Independent London-based publisher Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive worldwide deal to handle copyright administration for Max Martin's hitmaking production and publishing firm Maratone.

The deal, which covers 2005 works and future copyrights, includes Maratone's stable of leading pop writers, including Rami Yacoub (Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Britney Spears), Arnthor Birgisson (Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson) and Alexandra (Backstreet boys, Westlife, A-Teens).

As part of the deal, Kobalt will also exploit Maratone's works for synchronization for film, TV, advertising and other mediums.

"Max Martin is one of the most influential composers of our time and it is a great honor that he has chosen Kobalt for the global administration of their publishing activities," comments Kobalt co-founder and board director Johan Ekelund.

As one of the leading songwriters and producers in contemporary pop, Martin forged a hugely successful collaboration with Britney Spears which yielded the international hits ""...Baby, One More Time" and "Oops! I Did It Again," among others. Martin has also worked with such acts as Celine Dion, N'Sync, Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, Bryan Adams and Kelly Clarkson. He received ASCAP's songwriter of the year award from 1999-2001.

Based in Stockholm, Maratone is jointly-owned by Martin and Tom Talomaa, former business partners at now-defunct production firm Cheiron. A joint-venture with the Zomba Group (now part of Sony BMG), Cheiron helped create the sound of Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and 'N Sync. It closed for business at the end of 2000 after eight years.

Kobalt uses a technology platform that it claims enables faster, more accurate and transparent royalty collection. Earlier this year, it updated its system to offer users real-time access to royalties data. Kobalt clients include 8 Mile Style, James Brown, Sanctuary Music Publishing and Gwen Stefani.

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