Lizzo Signs Global Publishing Deal With Warner Chappell Music

Michel Faliski

From left: Brandra Ringo, Sr. Dir. of Urban A&R, WCM; Carianne Marshall, Co-Chair and COO, WCM; Lizzo, Singer/Rapper/Songwriter; Ryan Press, President of U.S. A&R, WCM; Marc Wilson, Sr. Dir. of A&R, WCM

Lizzo is on a roll. As her motivational anthem "Truth Hurts" storms the Hot 100, the Houston rapper, singer and clasically-trained flutist has entered a global publishing administration deal with Warner Chappell Music, the publisher announced Tuesday (July 23). 

The agreement covers both Lizzo's existing and future work. That includes her debut album on Atlantic Records, Cuz I Love You, which was released in April and reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, along with fan favorite singles like "Juice" and "Good as Hell."

“Songwriting has always been a passion of mine even before I started singing, rapping or playing the flute," Lizzo shared. "Having people connect to my lyrics is one of the most rewarding things about creating music and I’m so honored that Warner Chappell is giving me this platform to do what I love. Partnering with Ryan [Press], Guy [Moot], Marc [Wilson] and the talented team at Warner Chappell is a dream because they truly understand and respect my craft. Their support means the world to me and I’m excited to be a part of the team.”

This year has been full of successes for Lizzo. In the past six months alone, she has performed at Coachella, Glastonbury, Sacramento Pride, Indy Pride and the BET Awards, and collaborated with Missy Elliot and Charli XCX. She marked her first Hot 100 top 10 this month with "Truth Hurts" -- in which she brags about her ability to "help you with your career just a little," among other things.

“Lizzo is a truly original artist and songwriter, blessed with a powerhouse voice and effortless flow," commented Moot, WCM co-chair and CEO. "She’s a leader among a new generation of talent shaping pop music, and we’re delighted she’s chosen to be with Warner Chappell.”

Press, WCM U.S. president of A&R, chimed in, calling Lizzo "unapologetically bold."

"Her energy, honesty, and positivity are infectious," he said, "and as a songwriter, rapper and singer, she is doing things that no one else is doing.”


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