After several months of negotiations with EMI, British pop icon Sandie Shaw has reached an agreement that gives her back the rights to her entire catalogue.
Shaw, who had eight U.K. top ten hits between 1964 and 1969 including the No. 1 singles "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me," "Long Live Love" and "Puppet On A String," had licensed the catalogue to EMI for the last eight years, and before that to Sanctuary. The term with EMI originally had two more years to run.
The singer says that the completion of the agreement and the recent copyright term extension in the United Kingdom are a happy coincidence. "I couldn't believe the timing," she comments. "I really felt the gods were smiling on me. You can imagine how much it has increased my focus on singing again."
After many years away from the pop spotlight, during which time she became a clinically trained psychotherapist, Shaw has returned to her singing career, recording the theme song for the 2010 British film "Made In Dagenham" and, more recently, a track with Massive Attack producer Neil Davidge. She has more recently reunited with the 1980s project the British Electronic Foundation (B.E.F.) to record "Just Walk In My Shoes'" and was part of their performance at London's Roundhouse last month.
Shaw is also the featured guest vocalist on pianist, bandleader and presenter of BBC television's "Later," Jools Holland, on his winter tour with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. The extensive itinerary played two nights at London's Royal Albert Hall at the weekend and continues in Aberdeen on Thursday (1), culminating at Newcastle's City Hall Dec.22. Other guests at selected shows on the tour are Holland's former Squeeze bandmate Chris Difford and longtime German favorite Herbert Grönemeyer, alongside regular featured vocalist Ruby Turner.
With manager Jamie Spencer at Liberation Management, Shaw is in discussions with various parties regarding future exploitation of the catalog and plans for her first new studio album in two decades.