Sony Music Publishing Acquires Kevin Parker’s Complete Song Catalog, Expands Global Deal

Deal extends longstanding partnership, encompassing catalog and future works


Sony Music Publishing

May 16, 2024 – Sony Music Publishing today announced it has acquired the catalog of award-winning singer, songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker. The deal expands the company’s longstanding partnership with Parker, which first began in 2009, with SMP representing his entire catalog of songs as well as future works.

One of the most influential artists in music today, Kevin Parker is renowned for his creative impact, having written and produced global hits spanning multiple genres. As the frontman and brainchild behind the Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala, Parker wrote, produced, mixed, sung and performed across every song on Tame Impala’s acclaimed albums Innerspeaker, Lonerism, Currents and their latest album The Slow Rush, which landed at #1 on ARIA’s Albums chart, Billboard’s Rock Albums chart and more.

Parker’s achievements go far beyond Tame Impala, with a songwriting catalog that extends across a diverse range of artists including Rihanna, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa, Mick Jagger, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Gorillaz, Mark Ronson, The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, Flaming Lips, A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty, Don Toliver, Daft Punk, Miguel, as well as The Wiggles.

His recent contributions are featured across several tracks on Dua Lipa’s latest album Radical Optimism, which debuted at #1 on the UK Official Albums chart dated May 9. His credits include “Illusion,” which is currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and “Houdini,” which spent 16 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and reached #2 on the UK Official Singles chart.

Kevin Parker said, "The idea of passing on ownership of my songs is one that I don't think about very lightly, at all. They are the fruit of my blood, sweat and creativity over all the years I’ve been a recording artist and songwriter so far. I have a lot of love and trust for the Sony publishing family and have only had great experiences with Damian Trotter and the rest of the gang worldwide. I don’t think my songs could be in any safer hands than Sony’s, and I’m excited for the future and happy I can keep working with them on whatever the future brings…"

Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Publishing Jon Platt said, “I have always admired Kevin Parker and I believe he is one of the most versatile songwriters of our time. Kevin has built a catalog of songs with incredible range and enduring power, and he has always stayed true to his vision. It is a privilege to represent his music, and we are committed to broadening his legacy of success.”

Managing Director, Australia, Sony Music Publishing Damian Trotter said, “Kevin is a singular talent whose creativity and dedication to his art has enthralled fans and artists since he arrived on the music scene. Having worked with Kevin since before the release of the first Tame Impala album, it has been thrilling to witness his rise to success worldwide, which is so well deserved. We are proud and humbled to be taking custodianship of this iconic catalogue of songs and to be continuing our relationship with Kevin in this exciting phase of his music making career.”

Across his career, Parker has achieved numerous GRAMMY nominations and received prestigious honors including an APRA Songwriter of the Year award, two APRA Song of the Year awards, over a dozen ARIA awards such as Album of the Year and Producer of the Year, a BRIT award for Best International Group, and many more.

May 16, 2024 3:00am ET by Newsdesk  

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