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June 23rd, 2021



Primary Wave Music announces today they have acquired Aaron Bruno’s share of the music publishing catalog of the American rock band AWOLNATION. Terms of the deal will see the publishing giant acquire a majority stake in the Award-winning artist’s music publishing catalog. The deal encompasses some of Aaron’s biggest hits across his career including “The Best,” “Run,” and “Not Your Fault,” as well as the most well-known and diamond certified hit single, “Sail.” Released in 2010, “Sail” was the first single off the debut album, Megalithic Symphony. The single is AWOLNATION’S most commercially successful song to date and spent an incredible 79 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was written entirely by Aaron and because of that was recognized by Rolling Stone who included “Sail” in their Top 50 songs written by a single writer in the past decade. With over 600 million spins on Spotify alone, “Sail” continues to be a fan favorite AND a band favorite. When speaking with American Songwriter recently Bruno mentioned the song never gets old to play…“I really love the song. It’s very honest and it brings so many people happiness and joy when we start playing that song live.”

The deal will also now give Aaron access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities as well as film, television, and theatrical production.

“It’s exciting to have these songs join a class of iconic artists and catalogs that call Primary Wave home,” says Aaron. He continues, “I’m thrilled to be partnering with them and to begin working with their team.”

Of the deal, Primary Wave Music’s David Weitzman said, “We are pleased to welcome Aaron Bruno to the Primary Wave family. His triple threat talent & vision as a songwriter, producer, and artist are undeniable. We look forward to partnering with Aaron and his management to take his career to even greater heights.”

Formed in 2010, Aaron Bruno, the songwriter and architect behind AWOLNATION, wrote and recorded one of the most influential songs of the previous decade with the chart-topping, record-breaking track “Sail.” The first single off the platinum Megalithic Symphony (2011), “Sail” has achieved Diamond status (10 million) and holds the record for the most weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by an independent artist, the second longest for any artist. The debut album also produced the Gold certified “Not Your Fault” and two other Top 10 US singles. AWOLNATION released the sophomore album Run in 2015 and 2018’s follow up Here Come The Runts. Across the span of 4 albums, AWOLNATION has notched seven Top 5 Alternative Radio hits, including multiples #1’s, and has accumulated millions of sales, downloads and over 1.5 billion streams globally. The music has been used in dozens of films, television shows and commercials around the world, and songs have been the genesis of viral sensations garnering hundreds of millions of streams and views across platforms like Instagram, Vine, TikTok, YouTube, etc.

The band’s fourth full-length album, ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS, featuring the hit single “The Best” was released on April 24th 2020, and also features collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.