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Primary Wave Buys Gasoline Alley’s Publishing and Master Royalty Streams, Including Hits By Sublime

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music publishing and master royalty streams of Gasoline Alley, Inc., the entity owned by veteran music managers and music executives Arnold Stiefel and…

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music publishing and master royalty streams of Gasoline Alley, Inc., the entity owned by veteran music managers and music executives Arnold Stiefel and Randy Phillips.

The deal encompasses Gasoline Alley’s master income stream joint venture with Universal Music Publishing Group, and includes works from a majority of Gasoline Alley signees. That includes mid-’90s ska punk band Sublime and its hits “Santeria,” “Badfish,” “Wrong Way” and “Doin’ Time,” among others.

Notably, the agreement also includes Shai‘s 1992 R&B single “If I Ever Fall In Love,” which reached No. 2 on the Hot 100. 

Since its founding in 2006, Primary Wave has acquired the copyrights of over 15,000 songs from the catalogs of legends like Bob Marley, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon and Whitney Houston. Recently, Primary Wave partnered with the estate of soul icon Donny Hathaway and secured the publishing and other rights to the entire catalog of Canadian songwriter-producer legend Bob Ezrin (Alice CooperJay-Z, Pink Floyd).

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Stiefel and Phillips founded Gasoline Alley in the early ’90s. While Stiefel, the CEO of his Stiefel Entertainment, is best known as the longtime manager of Rod Stewart, Phillips managed or co-managed the likes of Toni BraxtonLionel Richie and Usher, and also spent 13 years as CEO of AEG Live.