Legendary alt-rock band R.E.M. has signed with SESAC for performing rights representation of its entire catalog in the United States, the society announced on Tuesday. In addition, band members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry have all signed with SESAC to handle their individual performing rights.
The SESAC arrangement covers songs from across R.E.M.'s career, which yielded 15 studio albums and sales of more than 85 million worldwide. Previously, the R.E.M. catalog had been represented by BMI.
Established in 1980, the band's hit songs include "Stand," "Losing My Religion," "Man on the Moon," "Everybody Hurts" and Stipe's all-time favorite, "Shiny Happy People." They recorded five albums with I.R.S., ending with 1987's Document, the band's first top ten on the Billboard 200, before decamping to Warner Bros. With major label backing, the group spent the first half of the 1990s releasing a string of commercially huge LPs: Out of Time, Automatic for the People and Monster. Later releases including New Adventures in Hi-Fi, Up and Accelerate.