Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was announced by president Justin Kalifowitz.
Newman is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the winner of two Academy Awards, three Emmys, six Grammys, an Ivor Novello, and most recently, a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.
Downtown’s agreement covers Newman’s catalog from 1977’s Little Criminals forward, including such hit singles as “Short People” (Little Criminals), “The Blues” and “I Love L.A.” (both from Trouble in Paradise), and “It’s Money that Matters” (Land of Dreams).
“The Randy Newman songbook transcends generations and inspired countless songwriters, artists and composers,” said Kalifowitz. “We are truly honored to represent this timeless catalog and welcome such a beloved songwriter to the Downtown roster.”
On July 1, Randy Newman led a one-night-only performance of his famed 1995 musical Faust at New York City Center. The performance, directed by Thomas Kail (In the Heights), featured Newman starring as the Devil.
He is currently writing songs for a new album for his label of the past decade, Nonesuch Records.
New York-based Downtown Music Publishing, with offices in Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam, represents a catalog of more than 80,000 titles, including the works of such diverse writer/artists as The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Kinks, Hans Zimmer, Mötley Crüe, Seal, Ellie Goulding and Neon Trees.
- This story was first published by The Hollywood Reporter