-- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term extension administration agreement with Sting, who has had a relationship with the company for more than 16 years.
The global agreement will cover all music publishing throughout Sting’s solo career and from his time with the Police. It includes songs like “Fields of Gold,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “Roxanne,” “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Every Breath You Take.” Also part of the deal are such Sting-penned Oscar-nominated songs as “You Will Be My Ain True Love” (from the film “Cold Mountain”) and “Until” (“Kate & Leopold”).
“Sting is one of the world’s greatest living songwriters,” Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier said in a statement. “He is an award-winning artist and his distinct musical style makes him beloved by a global audience.”
-- Fintage Publishing, a division of global music, film and TV rights company Fintage House, has signed to handle sub-publishing rights for One Direction-authored co-writes on “Take Me Home.” The deal is global in scope, excluding North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
One Direction has already scanned nearly 3.5 million album units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Imagine Dragons has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
The band, which is on KIDinaKorner, the label of UMPG hit-maker Alex Da Kid, recently announced new touring dates. Its debut album, “Night Visions,” has so far scanned about 915,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“I began KIDinaKORNER with the mission to find and develop ground breaking, creative artists,” who could blur the lines between genres, Alex Da Kid said in a statement. “From musicianship and song writing to live performance, Imagine Dragons represents the spirit of where I would like to see music go and are one of the most innovative bands I have had the pleasure of working with.”
“Alex Da Kid understood and nurtured the creative vision and the team at Interscope Records believed” in Imagine Dragon, UMPG senior VP Creative/head of East Coast operations Jessica Rivera and UMPG president of North America Evan Lamberg said in a statement. “Together, they set the best example that artist development is still the heartbeat of the music business.”