Chris Isaak Sells 50% of Master Recordings to Primary Wave for Millions

In a major move in the music industry, American singer-songwriter Chris Isaak has sold a 50% stake in his master recordings to Primary Wave Music Publishing. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but industry sources suggest it to be a "multi-million-dollar transaction."

Isaak, known for his unique blend of rockabilly, pop, and country music, has had a successful career spanning over three decades. He has released 13 studio albums, with hits like "Wicked Game," "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," and "Somebody's Crying."

The sale of master recordings grants Primary Wave the rights to Isaak's recordings, allowing them to exploit these works in various ways, such as licensing for film and television, streaming platforms, and merchandise.

Music rights, including master recordings and publishing rights, have become increasingly valuable assets in the digital age. According to the [Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)], the U.S. music industry generated $11.1 billion in revenue in 2020, with streaming accounting for 83% of that total.

Music rights societies, like the [American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)] and the [Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)], play a crucial role in managing and collecting royalties for music creators and publishers. These organizations help ensure that artists and rightsholders receive fair compensation for the use of their works.

Who owns the right to music and how these rights work can be complex issues. Generally, artists and record labels share ownership of master recordings, while publishing rights belong to the songwriters or their publishers. The sale of master recordings, like the one between Chris Isaak and Primary Wave, can significantly impact an artist's financial future.

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