Downtown Acquires Songs by Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire & More From Nashville Publisher Major Bob Music

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The deal specifically excludes the Garth Brooks catalog and any songs he has recorded.

Downtown Music Publishing has acquired a over 2,000 copyrights from Major Bob Music's catalog, including hits by Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire and more. 

The deal specifically excludes the Garth Brooks catalog and any songs he has recorded. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Downtown Music now owns copyrights to such notable songs as "I Like The Sound Of That" and "Fast Cars and Freedom" by Rascal Flatts, "Crash & Burn" and "Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett, "Dirt On My Boots" by Jon Pardi, "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" and "I've Got A Feeling" by Billy Currington, "Where It's At" by Dustin Lynch, "American Honey" by Lady Antebellum, "There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney, "Commitment" by LeAnn Rimes, "Strange" by Reba McEntire, "Our Time Now" by Plain White T's and "Fly Over States" by Jason Aldean.

"We have found a great fit in Downtown Music Publishing," said Major Bob Music owner and president Bob Doyle in a statement. "With their dedication to transparency and creative marketing services, Downtown will take great care of these catalogs."

Added Steve Markland, vice president, A&R of Downtown's Nashville office, "It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be trusted by Bob to become the caretakers of these extraordinary copyrights that have defined success here in Nashville, for all these years. We have a deep commitment to finding new opportunities for songs of this caliber."

Major Bob Music was represented in the transaction by Sam Powers and Kerry O'Neil from O'Neil Hagaman, PLLC, with legal representation from Linda Edell-Howard of Adams and Reese LLP. Downtown was represented by Jordan Keller and Sarah Smith from Keller Turner Ruth Andrews & Ghanem, PLLC.


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