Sony/ATV Australia has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the Rough Cut Music catalog, including all of Savage Garden’s hit songs. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Sydney-based music publisher’s catalog also includes successful songwriters and artists from Australasia such as Evermore, Kisschasy and the Butterfly Effect.
Savage Garden had worldwide success, selling over 25 million albums and 15 million singles written by band members Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones, according to a statement from Sony/ATV. The band’s hits, released by Columbia, included “Truly Madly Deeply,” “I Knew I Loved You,” “I Want You” and “To The Moon And Back.” They split in 2001.
“Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones are world-class songwriters whose music has withstood the test of time,” said Martin N. Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, in a statement. “We are delighted that their songs, along with the songs of the well-known Australian groups like Evermore, Kisschasy and The Butterfly Effect are now a part of the ever-growing Sony/ATV roster.”
Upon the sale of their catalog, CEO John Woodruff and business partners Karen Hamilton, catalog manager, and GM Keith Welsh, said they were pleased that the catalog had ended up with Sony/ATV.
“We believe that Sony/ATV is exactly the right new home for our writers,” said their joint statement. “Marty Bandier was involved with Darren and Daniel in the early days of Savage Garden when he was at EMI, [Sony/ATV Australia managing director] Damian Trotter and his team are excellent music people who we know will give great support to all the writers and artists we have had the pleasure of developing over the years. We thank each and every writer we have worked with – to be actively involved with such talented people is an inspiring way to live.”
Sony/ATV also acquired a second company, Second Pressing, as part of the deal. The acquisitions include various administration deals.
Prior to the deal, Second Pressing collected Rough Cut royalties in Australia, while Warner/Chappell handled the rights for the rest of the world. Some of the Warner/Chappell rights to the catalog expired before this deal, at the beginning of 2009.
Damian Trotter added: “Obviously, we are all extremely excited to be custodians of such internationally recognized pop gems as those penned by Darren and Daniel of Savage Garden, but we are also very much looking forward to working with great artists like Kisschasy, Evermore and the many other excellent writers that John, Keith and Karen have developed within the Rough Cut stable and look forward to carrying on their great work in developing and furthering their careers.”