Platinum rapper and music mogul Jay-Z just signed his Roc Nation label to a worldwide publishing administration agreement with Warner Music Group’s Warner/Chappell Music.
The #1 music publishing company will immediately have the rights to all of Jay-Z’s future projects and hismusic dating back to 2008 which includes The Blueprint 3and Watch The Throne albums.
The deal will also give Warner/Chappell rights to most of Jay’s entire catalog by the end of 2013. Songs like “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” “Big Pimpin’,” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” will then be administered by W/C.
In a separate deal, all artists signed to Roc Nation’s publishing wing will see their entire catalogs (including future works) transferred to W/C effective immediately. This includes “R.I.P.” singer Rita Ora, rising R&B artist Bridget Kelly, and frequent Meek Mill producer Jahlil Beats.
“I first partnered with Jay in 1996, and it’s been thrilling to work with my friend over the past 16 years as he’s grown into one of the world’s best songwriters and become a global icon,” said Warner/Chappell President, Creative Jon Platt in a published statement. “At the same time, Roc Nation is one of the most dynamic and influential music companies around. It is home to an extraordinary collection of hit-makers, who are writing and producing many of today’s most popular songs and collaborating with the world’s most successful artists. I couldn’t be happier to continue my relationships with Jay and Roc Nation and build on our partnerships at Warner/Chappell.”
Warner/Chappell will be responsible for monitoring all copyrighted material of Roc Nation’s publishing roster. W/C will also collect royalties and promote licensing deals for television commercials and movie soundtracks for the artist’s music.
“The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend,” said Jay. “Jon Platt is such a person. He’s a man of extraordinary character as well as a remarkably talented executive with an ear for music and an eye for talent. It’s great to watch him grow to be one the best in the business.”
Other artists signed with Warner/Chappell include Madonna, Led Zeppelin, and the estates of James Brown and Michael Jackson.