Jeff Tweedy Re-Ups Global Publishing Deal With BMG
Jeff Tweedy is sticking with BMG. The Wilco frontman, who has been with the company for several years, extended his global publishing administration deal with the company that had been expanded in 2012 to include his entire songwriting catalog.
Tweedy first signed a global publishing deal with Bug Music in 2004, which covered his works beginning with Wilco's fifth album, A Ghost Is Born. Bug Music was acquired by BMG in 2011, and the following year Tweedy expanded his deal with BMG to include his solo catalog, his work with alt-country band Uncle Tupelo and his other songwriting exploits as well.
“I truly appreciate the loyalty and commitment BMG has shown me for so many years and I love that I will be able to continue working alongside these great people with familiar faces,” Tweedy said in a statement.
In total, Wilco has released 10 official studio albums, four of which reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200, and have had four singles reach the top 10 at Triple A radio -- including 2009 No. 1 "You Never Know" -- over the band's 20-plus years. The group also teamed with Billy Bragg on three installments of the Mermaid Avenue series, set to previously-unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics, and Tweedy and his son Spencer released an album, Sukierae, in 2014. Uncle Tupelo released four albums between 1990 and 1993 as well.
“It has been an absolute privilege to work with Jeff over the past 15 years and we are thrilled he has entrusted BMG to continue to help build his immense and timeless musical legacy,” BMG's executive vp music publishing catalogs David Hirshland said in a statement.
Tweedy is also penning a memoir, called Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording With Wilco, etc. That will be out Nov. 13 through Dutton, with a new solo album to follow later that month.