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Kobalt Signs Lewis Capaldi For Neighbouring Rights

Lewis Capaldi
Shayan Asgharnia

Lewis Capaldi photographed on June 11, 2019 at Capitol Records in Los Angeles.

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has signed an international neighbouring rights deal with Kobalt. 

The 23-year-old artist moves over to Kobalt from PPL, where he was previously represented for international neighbouring rights royalties (which are due to sound recording copyright holders for public performances of their songs). In 2019, Capaldi scored a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with his smash ballad "Someone You Loved," which was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 26).

"Lewis' ascent to the top has been breathtaking," commented Kobalt Neighbouring Rights CEO Ann Tausis. "His emotive songs and charming social media presence have formed a bond with his fans like no other. To be walking into 2020 with a number one single and debut album, a Grammy nomination, four BRIT nominations and the fourth-highest played record on European radio in 2019 is testament to the hard work that Lewis, Ryan and the whole team have put in over the last 18 months.” 

Added Capaldi's manager, Ryan Walter: "As an incredibly important area of the modern business, It’s an absolute honour to partner with the incredible team over at Kobalt for neighbouring rights, who Lewis and I have wanted to work with for some time. Their reach, enthusiasm and understanding of the evolving musical landscape makes Kobalt the perfect home for us and we’re incredibly excited to be working alongside them."

Kobalt Neighbouring Rights represents more than 2,000 performers, including A$AP Rocky, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa and Tame Impala.


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