Dave Navarro Strikes Publishing Deal With Primary Wave

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Dave Navarro performs onstage during the Above Ground concert benefiting MusiCares at Belasco Theatre on April 16, 2018 in Los Angeles.  

The deal also includes co-publishing rights to the Jane's Addiction guitarist's future music.

Primary Wave Music Publishing announced on Thursday (July 18) that it has acquired a stake in singer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Navarro’s publishing catalog, master revenue streams and writer’s share royalties. The worldwide publishing deal also includes a co-publishing agreement for Navarro’s future output.

“When I partnered up with Primary Wave, the first question they asked was, ‘So, where would you like to see your music being heard?’ I had never before been asked for my artistic input from a corporate entity and I was instantly relieved to know that I had finally found a home for my catalog,” said Navarro in a statement. “This was something new and fresh. In addition to this being a team partnership, Primary Wave utilizes its resources to put my music in front of ears that would have otherwise never heard it. They protect their artists and their catalog.”

Navarro is a member of Jane’s Addiction and a former member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who he played with from 1993 to 1998. The Primary Wave deal includes such Navarro-penned songs as “Been Caught Stealing” and “Jane Says” (with Jane’s Addiction) and “Aeroplane” (with Red Hot Chili Peppers). He has additionally released two solo records, including the 2001 album Trust No One.

“We are honored to have a legendary artist such as Dave join our growing Primary Wave family,” added Primary Wave CEO and founder Lawrence Mestel. “Dave’s accomplishments speak for themselves. His contributions to Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers left an indelible impression, influencing future generations of musicians.”

Founded in 2006, Primary Wave is a full-service music company that has acquired copyrights to over 15,000 songs from such legendary artists as John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, Aerosmith and Bob Marley. It also administer and markets artists including Alice Cooper, Melissa Etheridge and Kenny Loggins. Last month, the company acquired an interest in the music and culture agency Premier Music Group in an effort to develop new brand and marketing opportunities for its roster.