Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Signs Tesla, Trey Bruce; Big Deal Music Nabs Ray LaMontagne; Downtown Renews Neon Trees

-- Round Hill Music has acquired the entire song publishing catalog of Tesla, the hard rock act that sold 5.3 million album copies during the Nielsen SoundScan era of tracking data and 14 million overall in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The catalog includes the 1980’s power ballad "Love Song" and other hits such as "Comin' Atcha Live", "Modern Day Cowboy" and "The Way it Is”.

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"Tesla is simply one of the most iconic bands from the hard rock era of the late eighties and early nineties," states Round Hill founder and CEO Josh Gruss said in a statement. "Although their hits are now over two decades old, their raw and powerful sound still endures today.”

-- In another deal, Round Hill signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal and joint venture with Trey Bruce, a Nashville songwriter who authored such songs as "Look Heart No Hands", "Spirit Of A Boy, Wisdom Of A Man", and "Whisper My Name" for Randy Travis.

Bruce "is relentless in his pursuit of song greatness and has never been one to chase fads, take shortcuts, or rest on his prior achievements, which are many," said Round Hill Music senior VP of A&R Jonnie "Most" Davis.

-- Big Deal Music has signed Ray LaMontagne, who just released his fifth album "Supernova”, on April 29. "Ray is a unique and special artist," Big Deal Music Senior Vice President Jamie Cerreta said in a statement. "We began working with Ray in 2003, so to be reunited with him at Big Deal is a dream come true."

-- Downtown Music Publishing has extended its long-term co-publishing agreement with alternative rock band Neon Trees, who has been with the publisher since 2008. On April 22, Neon Trees released its third album, "Pop Psychology”, which debuted at No. 6 in The Billboard 200.

-- Minder Music Ltd. says its landed a synch deal for the Gap Band's "You Dropped A Bomb On Me," for the Minute Maid Drops brand, owned by Coca Cola.

The deal was cut by the Patrick Fogarty of the Los Angeles office for the U.K.-based indie publisher. Fogarty says the Minute Maid campaign, which uses a re-recorded version of the song, will "propel the song to another level of recognition in the U.S."


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