Kobalt Music Group has added another marquee name to its roster with the signing of smoking-hot Australian artist Gotye to a worldwide music publishing deal.
The new pact, inked by Kobalt Music Publishing Australia, does not cover Australia and New Zealand, where independent music firm Alberts represents the artist's catalog.
A multiple winner at last year's ARIA Awards, Gotye (real name: Wally De Backer) has a viral-phenomenon on his hands with "Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)," a track which to date has more than 64 million views on YouTube. This week, the song rises 50-31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and improves 7-3 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
"Somebody" came out on top of the recently announced Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, an annual Australian poll, which this year generated, more than 1.3 million votes.
Kobalt executives involved in the new deal include Simon Moor, managing director of Kobalt Music Publishing Australia and Willard Ahdritz, CEO/founder of Kobalt. Moor says the team will work closely in all areas of publishing, "especially around the creative and synchronization opportunities that great music creates."
Gotye is co-managed by John Watson and Danny Rogers.
The Belgian-born artist's music is released through his own imprint, Samples'N'Seconds Records, and is licensed through Fairfax/Universal Republic in North America, B1/Vertigo in G.A.S., Hostess in Japan and Island/Universal in the U.K. and the rest of the world.
"Somebody" is taken from Gotye's third album, "Making Mirrors," which peaked at No. 1 Down Under and is certified three-times platinum (210,000-plus units) there. It's certified gold and platinum in a string of Continental European markets, where he's played a string of sold-out shows. Gotye is set to perform March 22 Germany's Echo Awards.
Since opening for business in late 2010, Kobalt's Sydney-based Australian office has inked deals with the likes of Icehouse and Art vs Science, and struck a global publishing administration deal with Future Classic.