Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music publishing catalog and master royalty stream of the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack.
The deal includes the Grammy nominee’s publishing and master income stream for their compositions and masters across their entire career to date.
Titles include their debut album Godsmack, When Legends Rise, Awake, and 1000hp, as well as their No.1 albums The Oracle, IV, and Faceless, which features the Grammy-nominated single I Stand Alone.
Lead singer and songwriter Sully Erna, who formed Godsmack in 1995, wrote the single, which shot to No.1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart upon release.
It went on to sell over a half million copies helping Faceless to quickly go platinum. Also included in the deal are EP’s and compilations including The Other Side and Good times, Bad Times.
Formed in Massachusetts in 1995, Godsmack is composed of front man and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.
Through an uncompromising attitude and uncanny knack for a hummable hook, Godsmack quietly became one of modern rock’s most reliable and resonant institutions.
They’ve landed 10 No.1 singles on both the Billboard Mainstream & Active Rock charts – four of which came from their critically acclaimed When Legends Rise album.
Most notably, they’ve earned 24 Top 10 hits at Active Rock, the most of any act since February 1999.
Joining a club that includes Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and Linkin Park, the band debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 three consecutive times, not to mention selling over 20 million albums worldwide, garnering four GRAMMY nods, and winning “Rock Artist of the Year” at the Billboard Music Awards.
“I can honestly say on behalf of myself and my boys in Godsmack, we couldn’t be happier at this stage in our career to have such an elite publishing company onboard team Godsmack.”
Sully Erna, Godsmack
“I can honestly say on behalf of myself and my boys in Godsmack, we couldn’t be happier at this stage in our career to have such an elite publishing company onboard team Godsmack,” said lead singer and songwriter Sully Erna.
“This goes much deeper for me than just money, these guys really care about the music and doing the right thing to keep it alive and bring the most visibility to the brand.
“Being the main songwriter for the band, these songs, are my life’s work, and I would NEVER put that in anyone’s hands unless I was 100% sure they were the right fit for us. And I believe Primary Wave is exactly where this music should be.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Sully and Godsmack into the Primary Wave family.”
Larry Mestel, Primary Wave Music Publishing
Larry Mestel, Founder & CEO of Primary Wave Music Publishing, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Sully and Godsmack into the Primary Wave family.
“Our team have been huge fans of the band since they formed in the 90s. Their catalog contains some of the greatest hard rock songs of all time.”
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