Primary Wave buys the catalog of American rock band Huey Lewis and The News for $20 million

primary wave Music has acquired the music catalog of American rock band Huey Lewis and the Grammy-winning The News.

The company says the deal encompasses the band’s entire music catalog marketed from its inception until 1994.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Citing sources, Variety reports that the deal is for “approximately $20 million”.

The partnership includes some of the band’s biggest hits, such as the Top 10 Classics In the heart of rock’n’roll, hip to be square, work to live, and more.

The band’s 1985 single is also included in the deal. The power of love. Written for the hit movie Back to the Future, The power of love becoming the group’s first No. 1 hit.

The single has sold over a million copies in the United States alone.

Primary Wave says the terms of the deal also include access to the publishing company’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, sync opportunities and film and television production.

Huey Lewis & The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) John Pierce (bass) and a longtime brass section among San Francisco Bay Area luminaries: Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet) and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).

Primary Wave’s latest acquisition follows news last month that Brookfield Asset Management struck a $2 billion deal with Primary Wave Music to invest in music rights.

As part of the agreement, Brookfield acquired what the wall street journal reported holds a significant minority stake in Primary Wave.

Brookfield will also commit $1.7 billion to a fund to purchase music rights.

The fund’s first acquisition was the music publishing assets of Joey Ramone, which, citing sources, the WSJ reports cost around $10 million.

“Primary Wave looks forward to working with Huey to create new opportunities for its catalog of legendary songs in the future.”

David Weitzman, primary wave

David Weitzman of Primary Wave Music, said: “In the 1980s, everyone heard Huey Lewis and the many News hits on the radio and saw their iconic, fun videos that appeared on MTV on endless rotation.

“Their incredibly crafted songs have always made me smile, remind me of that seemingly more innocent time, and make me want to sing along.

“Primary Wave looks forward to working with Huey to create new opportunities for its catalog of legendary songs in the future.”

“Our entire team looks forward to working with them to generate exciting new opportunities for their iconic catalog.”

John Luneau, primary wave

John Luneau, Senior Counsel for Primary Wave Music, added: “We are honored to welcome the music of Huey Lewis and the News to Primary Wave.

“Our entire team looks forward to working with them to generate exciting new opportunities for their iconic catalog.”


Primary Wave, headquartered in New York, has already acquired the music rights to bands such as Prince, bing crosby, Luther Vandross, Chris Isaac, Teddy Pendergrass, Gerry Goffin, James Brown and many more.

The company also has recently acquired all rights to Regent Music Corporation and Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc., the publishing catalogs founded by music publishing legends Gene Goodman and his late brother, Harry.

Elsewhere, in June primary wave struck a “multi-million dollar” deal with Oscar-winning songwriter Tom Whitlock.

Also in June, the company acquired a stake in the music publishing catalog of Julian Casablancas, lead singer of rock band The Strokes.

In May, primary wave bought Bob Dylan’s share of The Traveling Wilburys supergroup, while in Marchthe company acquired all rights to Regent Music Corporation and Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc., the publishing catalogs founded by music publishing legends Gene Goodman and his late brother, Harry.

In March, primary wave acquired All rights from Regent Music Corporation and Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc., the publishing catalogs founded by music publishing legends Gene Goodman and his late brother, Harry.

In February, primary wave acquired musical rights from the estates of Layne Staley and Mike Starr of Alice In Chains.

In January, primary wave bought one “additional” stake in Def Leppard’s music publishing catalog, as well as the band’s primary royalty revenue stream.

Also in January, the company closed new catalog deals for a total of $60 million. These deals included $20 million on a stake in Paul Rodgers’ music publishing catalog for Free and Bad Company, as well as his master recording revenue streams for both bands.

The other deal in January saw Primary Wave acquire Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell’s rights to the US music catalog, in a deal worth $40 million.The music industry around the world

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