Concord Acquires Tom Higgenson's Music Catalog: A Look Back


Tom Higgenson, the frontman of the popular band Plain White T's, made headlines in 2020 when it was announced that a portion of his publishing catalog, which includes the hit single "Hey There Delilah," had been acquired by Concord Music Publishing 1. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Concord Music Publishing, a subsidiary of Concord Music Group, is one of the largest music publishing companies in the world 2. The acquisition of Higgenson's catalog adds to their extensive roster of songwriters and catalogs.

The music publishing industry deals with the licensing and administration of musical compositions and lyrics 3. In this case, Concord now holds the rights to exploit Higgenson's songs in various ways, such as synchronization licenses for film and television, mechanical licenses for physical and digital recordings, and live performance licenses 4.

Higgenson's career began in the late 1990s when he formed Plain White T's with his high school friends 5. The band gained mainstream success in 2005 with the release of their single "Hey There Delilah," which spent 60 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 6. The song's success can be attributed to its catchy melody and heartfelt lyrics, which resonated with audiences worldwide.

The acquisition of Higgenson's catalog by Concord is a testament to the enduring value of hit songs in the music industry. As music consumption patterns continue to evolve, the demand for high-quality songs that can be used in various contexts remains strong 7.



  1. Music Business Worldwide. (2020, October 21). Concord Buys Portion Of Song Catalog Of Hey There Delilah Writer And Plain White T's Frontman Tom Higgenson. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from

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  3. Music Rights. (n.d.). What Are Music Rights? Retrieved December 1, 2021, from

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  5. Plain White T's. (n.d.). History. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from

  6. Billboard. (2006, March 11). Plain White T's: Hey There Delilah. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from

  7. Music Business Worldwide. (2021, September 28). The Enduring Value Of Hit Songs In The Music Industry. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from

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