Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV


Richard Stumpf of Atlas Music Publishing

In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music, the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas, which has a roster that includes Zach Crowell and Matt Jenkins, whe together co-wrote Dustin Lynch's "Where It's At;" Jerry Flower, who co-wrote Lady Antebellum's "Perfect Day;" Bobby Huff, who co wrote Reba McEntire's "Torn On The Radio;" and new country duo Native Run.

"We are excited to include these writers in the Atlas new paradigm of music publishing -- a mindset built on an authentic, hands on partnership with songwriters; unlocking new paths of consumer discovery for our artists; embracing the industry’s digital future through techniques that maximize song value on streaming services," Atlas Music Publishing CEO Richard Stumpf said in a statement. "Our Nashville roster is going to get a push like they’ve never felt before. It’s going to get very exciting, very quickly."

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The acquisition gives Atlas Music a publishing interest in a portfolio of hit songs, including Luke Bryan's “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night” and “Play It Again;” Brantley Gilbert's “Bottoms Up;” Carrie Underwood's “Good Girl;" Matthew West's “Strong Enough;" Kip Moore's “Beer Money”; Billy Currington's “Hey Girl;” Randy Houser's “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight;" Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All;" Rascal Flatts' “Rewind;” and Dierks Bentley's “I Hold On."

“The history and resources [Atlas] present and their commitment to and belief in Combustion have set us up to meet this next era of music publishing with strength, creativity and agility," Combustion Music owner/president Chris Farren said in a statement. "Both Richard and I come from a like-minded independent spirit of building a publishing company, and I look forward to many years of success together.”

The Sukin Law Group and Greenberg Traurig helped negotiate the deal. “Nashville is without question one of the most important writer towns in the U.S.," Stumpf added in a statement. "We wanted to make a major commitment to the songwriting community here and enter Nashville in the right way -- this collaboration with Chris and the Combustion team does just that.”