The Beach Boys have entered into an intellectual property partnership with Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group that will cover the legendary Southern California group’s recordings, brand, memorabilia and select compositions, the company announced Thursday (Feb. 18). As part of the deal, Iconic will acquire a controlling interest in the IP, with the group and members’ heirs retaining an interest moving forward.
In announcing the deal, three of the original members -- Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine -- as well as the estate of Carl Wilson released a joint statement. "The Beach Boys and our songs have been one of the great joys of our lives," the statement says. "For more than half a century, we’ve witnessed generations of fans from all corners of the world come together to celebrate our music, dancing and singing along to the songs that we have loved and performed for decades. As we look towards the upcoming 60th anniversary of The Beach Boys, we wanted a partner to help expand opportunities for our brand, while continuing to preserve our tradition as a band whose music transcends the test of time. We are confident that Irving and Iconic are the ideal partners and are confident that The Beach Boys’ ongoing legacy is in the best possible hands. We are very proud of what we have achieved as The Beach Boys and how our songs continue to resonate with our fans.”