Primary Wave Acquires Recorded-Music, Music Publishing and Master Recording Producer Rights to Patrick Leonard catalog.

Primary Wave has announced that it acquired Recorded-Music, Music Publishing and Master Recording Producer Rights to Patrick Leonard’s catalog. The deal encompasses Leonard’s share of hits by the likes of Leonard Cohen (“You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”), Jewel (“Hands”), and his songwriting royalties for classics by Madonna (“Like A Prayer,” “Frozen,” “La Isla Bonita”). Leonard’s production and writing credits also include work with Roger Waters, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Cetera, and more. (Subscription required to read the full article.)

Lisa Alter and Katie Baron Featured in Variety’s 2021 “Legal Impact Report”

The firm is pleased to announce that Lisa Alter and Katie Baron have been selected for inclusion in Variety’s “Legal Impact Report” for 2021. This prestigious list annually spotlights the world’s top lawyers in entertainment and media, highlighting their groundbreaking work in the music, film, television, and digital industries.

Lisa Alter and Katie Baron Named to Billboard’s “Top Music Lawyers” List for 2021

Lisa Alter and Katie Baron were recently selected to Billboard’s highly competitive “Top Music Lawyers” list for 2021, which profiles the most prominent legal minds in the music industry. This year’s list not only recognizes the achievements of its honorees, but also acknowledges the strength and resilience of the legal community serving the music business during this unprecedented time.

Primary Wave Acquires Music and Assets of Legendary Sun Records

Primary Wave has announced that it acquired historic Sun Records. The deal encompasses master recordings of some of the best known rock and roll songs of all time, including “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis, “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, and “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins, as well as all of the music publishing interests owned by Sun and the iconic Sun Records logo and all other trademarks owned by Sun, including that of Nashville’s Sun Diner.

Lisa Alter Speaks to TheWrap on on Music Publishing Deals

Lisa Alter was recently quoted in Brian Welk’s TheWrap article "Inside ‘Tidal Wave’ of Song Catalog Sales: Why Neil Young, Bob Dylan and More Are Cashing in." The piece focuses on the recent trend of well-known artists selling their song catalogs for giant price tags. Lisa offered her insight on the topic, explaining why this trend is occurring. (Subscription required to read the full article.)

Lisa Alter Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Inaugural “New York’s Top 20 Entertainment Attorneys” 2020 List

The firm is pleased to announce that Lisa Alter has been named to The Hollywood Reporter's first-ever "New York Power Lawyers" feature, which spotlights the most influential attorneys in the entertainment industry who are based on the East Coast. The exclusive list focuses on only 20 NYC-area attorneys who are setting themselves apart from their peers in the media, music, fashion and theater industries.

Reservoir Buys Catalog of Songwriter Bob Crewe

New York-based Reservoir has acquired the prolific catalog of Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob Crewe. The deal includes the late Crewe’s popular Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons singles including “My Eyes Adored You”, “Walk Like A Man”, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, plus other mega-hits such as “Lady Marmalade”, “Silhouettes”, and more.

Stevie Nicks Sells Majority Stake in Publishing Catalog to Primary Wave

Primary Wave has acquired a majority stake in the publishing catalog of legendary Fleetwood Mac singer and solo artist Stevie Nicks, who recently enjoyed a surprise chart smash with her 43-year-old song “Dreams,”. The company will also represent Nicks in brand alliance and brand marketing opportunities and will partner with Kobalt on administration for the catalog. The deal includes “Dreams,” along with timeless hits such as “Landslide,” “Edge of Seventeen” and “Stand Back”. Over the course of a career that reaches back to the early 1970s, Nicks is the only woman to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice — as a member of Fleetwood Mac and again as a solo artist.

Downtown Buys Catalog of Motown Legend Mickey Stevenson

Downtown Music Publishing has acquired the rights to music from the catalog of legendary songwriter and record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson. The former head of Motown A&R penned the hit “Dancing In The Street,” as well as classic songs for Eddie Holland, Gaye, Kim Weston, The Supremes, The Temptations and many others.

Lisa Alter Named to Billboard’s 2020 “Women in Music” Honorees

The firm is proud to announce that Lisa Alter has been named to Billboard’s prestigious “Women in Music” list for 2020. The highly-anticipated annual list features top women in the music industry who are creating excitement and making their marks across labels, publishing and touring.