Downtown Music Publishing has acquired the 10,000-song catalog of Strictly Confidential, an independent European label whose roster includes material written and/or recorded by Balkan Beat Box, Carl Barât, Editors, Mark Ronson, Vanessa Paradis, Jason Derulo, Chromeo, Felix da Housecat, and more.
With branches in Belgium, France and the U.K., Strictly Confidential was founded in 1987 in Brussels by Michel Lambot, Kenny Gates, and Pierre Mossiat. With the acquisition, Downtown will control the rights to Strictly Confidential's stable of original music from the year it was established through 2017. The business move does not include the label's music publishing administration business, which will continue operating under its current management team, and will develop a catalog of new original music.
"For more than 30 years, Strictly Confidential has set a gold standard in copyright management and artistic development," said Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings, the parent company of Downtown Music Publishing. "Building upon Downtown’s investments in the EU and UK, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this wonderfully diverse song catalog into our global portfolio. I want to thank Michel, Kenny, and especially Pierre, who has not only been a close friend but a strong advocate for copyright globally, in entrusting us with these important works."