John Legend Sells His Music Catalog to KKR, BMG

Stella McDaniel

KKR & Co. Inc. and BMG have obtained the songwriting catalog of

John Legend.

The deal, disclosed in a regulatory filing, closed past slide and illustrates how purple-warm the market for music investments has turn into. Mr. Legend, at 47 many years old—still an energetic songwriter, recording artist and performer—is more youthful and earlier in his vocation than lots of of his friends who have been inking deals to assistance set up their legacies and hard cash in on their life’s function.

The R&B crooner bought his publishing copyrights and the legal rights to get royalties from tunes he penned from 2004 by means of early 2021. BMG Rights Administration and KKR each purchased a 50% stake in the catalog. BMG, which has been administering Mr. Legend’s function since it purchased Cherry Lane Songs Publishing in 2010, also struck a deal to administer his foreseeable future compositions, according to a person acquainted with the make any difference. BMG, equally a history label and publisher, is a subsidiary of Germany’s Bertelsmann SE.

A single upshot of KKR and BMG’s expenditure in Mr. Legend’s work hence considerably is that his potential releases and tours are very likely to produce continued interest and streaming of his catalog. The offer encompasses Mr. Legend’s acclaimed 2004 debut album “Get Lifted” as very well as hits like “All of Me” and “Love Me Now.”

KKR final March teamed up with BMG to devote at minimum $1 billion on music copyrights. That dedication came amid a broader move into music past year for KKR, which final January struck a $200 million deal for a vast majority stake in Ryan Tedder’s catalog of hits like music from


Adele, Stevie Surprise and Mr. Tedder’s band, OneRepublic. (Mr. Tedder, now 42 many years aged, was yet another relatively younger entrant to the marketplace.) In Oct, KKR spent $1.1 billion on financial investment advisory business Kobalt Cash Ltd.’s KMR Music Royalties II portfolio, which involves additional than 62,000 copyrights throughout new music genres.

Collectively, KKR and BMG previous month invested in Texas blues-rock trio ZZ Top’s publishing catalog and recording music royalties in a deal valued all over $50 million, in accordance to people familiar with the deal.

Fueled by powerful demand from customers from legacy publishing outfits and money players alike, as properly as lower desire rates and tax incentives, an onslaught of artists have been hanging offers for their songs legal rights, which includes Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan,

Neil Younger

and Bruce Springsteen.

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Appeared in the January 8, 2022, print version as ‘John Legend Sells His New music Catalog.’

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