As reported by Billboard, Jay-Z and his Roc Nation company have signed worldwide publishing administration deals with Warner/Chappell Music.
As part of the deal, Warner/Chappell gains rights to all of Jay-Z’s music dating back to 2008, which includes The Blueprint 3 and Watch the Throne as well as all of the rapper’s future recordings. Also, by the end of 2013, the publishing company will handle the rights of the bulk of Hov’s recordings from early in his career as well.
Jay-Z gave a statement on the new deal:
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.
Jon Platt, President of Warner/Chappell also addressed the deal with Jay-Z:
I first partnered with Jay in 1996, and it’s been thrilling to work with my friend over the past 16 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. 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.
As part of a separate publishing deal, Warner/Chappell will gain rights to all past and present catalogs of all artists/songwriters signed to the Roc Nation roster such as S1, Carmen Key, Rita Ora and many others.