PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES THEY HAVE ACQUIRED A STAKE IN THE MUSIC PUBLISHING RIGHTS AND RECORDING REVENUE OF THE SONGS AND RECORDINGS BY SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND GUITARIST JUSTIN HAYWARD OF THE LEGENDARY ENGLISH ROCK BAND THE MOODY BLUES
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Primary Wave Music Publishing is pleased to announce another incredible acquisition. The independent publishing house finalized the terms of a deal that will see them acquire a stake in the music publishing catalog, as well as master royalty stream, containing the songs and recordings by Justin Hayward – singer, songwriter and guitarist for the legendary English rock band, The Moody Blues. Included in the deal are a number of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s biggest hits such as “Nights In White Satin,” “In Your Wildest Dreams,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” and “Question”. The catalog will benefit from Primary Wave’s publishing infrastructure, which includes digital
strategy, licensing and sync opportunities, publicity, branding, and film & TV production.
Of the deal, Justin Hayward said, “It’s wonderful for these songs to have a ‘champion’ like Primary Wave – although myself and the Moody Blues have always been hard working live, touring performers, we never really actively promoted our songs to their fullest – this deal is absolutely brilliant for the music we love.”
Primary Wave’s Chief Marketing Officer, Adam Lowenberg, adds, “I have been a fan of The Moody Blues for many years. Justin is an incredibly talented musician and songwriter. The songs he’s written are timeless. We couldn’t be happier to have his music inside the Primary Wave family and are excited for what’s to come.”
In an endless sea of rock and pop formats, The Moody Blues have distinguished themselves through more than five decades as that shimmering jewel vindicating rock music. Since the 60’s, as a part of the historic original British invasion of super-groups, The Moody Blues have lit up the hearts and minds of millions of rock fans with inspiring anthems like “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” which express universal themes of love, compassion and peace. The band’s unique style of music consistently finds airplay on radio stations globally and continues to illuminate concert arenas around the world. From being immortalized on The Simpsons to having their music featured in movies, television and in national advertisement campaigns such as VISA, The Moody Blues are embedded in not only music history but in pop culture. Since they first hit the rock scene The Moody Blues have continued to produce music that bridges the gap between rock, classical and pop-rock genres without ever wavering in their integrity and commitment. Featuring the altruistic inflections of its members, The Moody Blues’ sound has held its ground with exquisite harmonies over and over again, in a genre of music that is ever changing. Since their formation in England, The Moody Blues have created music time and time again that offers rock music a depth that is unprecedented and inspiring. The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded an astonishing 14 platinum and gold discs. The Moody Blues’ #1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands in existence.
Justin Hayward, whose other compositions include “The Voice,” “Question,” “Gypsy” and “Say It With Love” was awarded ASCAP’s Golden Note award in 2005 and in 2003 was given the Gold Badge by the British composers society BASCA. He recently received his second prestigious Ivor Novello statue for Outstanding Achievement.