Warner Music’s publishing business Warner/Chappell has scored Jay-Z as a new signing. The rapper and hip hop mogul, previously represented by EMI in the publishing domain, will shift his own song-writing administration allegiances to Warner, and bring works represented by the publishing side of his Roc Nation company to the party too. The deal follows the move of long-time EMI Music Publishing exec Jon Platt to the Warner publishing company last year.
Confirming the new deal, Jay-Z told CMU: “The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend. 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”.
Meanwhile Platt added: “I first partnered with Jay in 1996, and it’s been thrilling to work with my friend over the past sixteen years as he’s grown into one of the world’s best songwriters and become a global icon. He consistently breaks new ground, producing an incredible body of work that will be enjoyed by generations of fans to come”.
He continued: “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”.
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