Round Hill Music has acquired the song catalog of Big Loud Shirt Industries. The companies will form a joint venture going forward. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
According to the announcement, the Big Loud catalog contains 32 hit songs by writers including Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Joey Moi, Matt Dragstrem, Chris Lane, Sarah Buxton, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Cory Battan, Deanna Bryant, Tyler Hayes, Mike Reid, Jenn Schott, Nicole Witt, and Big Loud founder Craig Wiseman.
The catalog includes such songs as Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying”; Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away” as well as George Strait’s “I Saw God Today." Moreover, a number of Big Loud Shirt songs have been cut by Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Nickelback, Plain White T’s, Daughtry, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler and Boyzone.
The deal complements earlier moves Round Hill has made in the Nashville market. Last week, the company acquired the catalog of Roots 49, including songs by Danny Myrick, who the company signed as a songwriter back in February; and earlier this year, in January, the company acquired the Big Tractor catalog.
In July Round Hill, founded by CEO Josh Gruss, completed a $200 million round of funding (Round Hill Music Music Royalty Fund 1).
"Craig has nurtured this amazing culture at Big Loud Shirts, which is based on family and creative freedom," Round Hill Music president Neil Gillis said in a statement. "It is this culture that has helped generated the unprecedented success the company has attained.”
The deal also includes an alignment with Big Loud Bucks Administration and Information, the music administration arm of Big Loud Shirt. In addition to future joint venture, songwriters' signings, Round Hill's Gruss said that Wiseman and his team will work with Round Hill Music going forward.
For the last two years, Big Loud Bucks has consistently ranked as the No. 3 music publishing administration for the top country radio airplay songs. It has also appeared in Billboard's Top 10 publisher ranking for the top radio airplay songs for 8 consecutive quarters.
Big Loud Shirt founder Wiseman says he was impressed with how the Round Hill Music team has "a serious passion for creating a modern music company." He added, he is "happy to be independent with our new Round Hill partners."