Primary Wave has acquired the recorded-music, music publishing and master recording producer rights to Patrick Leonard's catalog in a "multi-million-dollar deal," the company announced today (April 20).
The deal will encompass Leonard’s share of hits by the likes of Leonard Cohen ("You Want It Darker," "It Seemed The Better Way," "If I Didn’t Have Your Love"), Jewel ("Hands"), and his songwriting royalties for classics by Madonna ("Like A Prayer," "Frozen," "La Isla Bonita"). Leonard’s production and writing credits also include work with Roger Waters, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Cetera, Duncan Sheik, Bon Jovi and more.
"A while back, when I was making multiple albums a year, there was a group of people that I did work for and did work for me that I both depended on and respected," Leonard said in a statement. "It was a bit like an extended family, and really, there’s been nothing like it since. When I met Larry [Mestel] and Adam [Lowenberg] and the formidable team at Primary Wave it was clear that it was all about music and the possibilities. It was almost shocking and immediately reminded me of those years that were so productive for me. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to become a member of their vision."