Def Leppard Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV: Exclusive

Brian Monaco, Def Leppard Kobayashi
Courtesy of Def Leppard

From left, Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, manager Mike Kobayashi, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Sony/ATV's Brian Monaco and Def Leppard's Rick Savage and Rick Allen. 

Def Leppard has signed a global administration deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. 

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, who will undertake a stadium tour this summer with Motley Crue and Poison, have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, including Pyromania and Hysteria, both of which have been certified for sales of more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. by the RIAA. 

Def Leppard has scored 19 Billboard Hot 100 hits (with 11 in the top 20) and another 29 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. 

Brian J. Monaco, president, global chief marketing officer, Sony/ATV, who was instrumental in making the deal, said in a statement, “For decades, Def Leppard has sold out stadium after stadium across the globe while continuing to reach a new generation of fans. We are proud to welcome Def Leppard to the Sony/ATV family and look forward to collaborating on opportunities within film, television and advertising that will expose Def Leppard’s rich catalog of music in new and exciting ways.”

He tells Billboard Sony/ATV and Def Leppard are also exploring the possibility of a documentary about the band. 

The band’s manager, CSM co-founder Mike Kobayashi, said, “After numerous meetings, Brian Monaco was instrumental in closing the deal. The band looks forward to working directly with Brian and his team to further extend their iconic brand & catalog.”

Jon Platt, ?Sony/ATV chairman and CEO, added: “Def Leppard stands atop the titans of rock. Their cutting-edge sound and ferocious stage performances defined a generation like no other band.  With timeless songs from ‘Rock of Ages’ to “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, Def Leppard extends its pop culture relevance to today. Working closely with Brian Monaco and the Sony/ATV team, we are thrilled to take their powerhouse catalog into the next millennium and beyond.”

According to Sony/ATV,  Def Leppard have earned 2.5 billion streams since releasing their music digitally in January 2018. They were among the last hold outs to go onto streaming services. Following its catalog’s digital arrival, Hysteria returned to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart for the first time since 1989.