Inks exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

Swedish rock act The Hives has sealed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Kobalt Music, the London-based music publishing group.

The agreement covers all The Hives' future works, plus all the songs on the last album "Tyrannosaurus Hives" (Polydor), which includes the hit single "Walk Idiot Walk."

Kobalt also has the rights to exploit the band's works for synchronization on film, TV and other media platforms.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The Hives have achieved global popularity over the past several years and we are excited to have them join the Kobalt family. They are fantastic musicians and songwriters and we look forward to a long and successful relationship," commented Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz.

The Hives are currently touring Japan and Australia and will release a live DVD, "Tussles In Brussels," this fall.