Jazz Legends' Music Catalogs Acquired by Primary Wave: Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk, and More

In a major move for the music industry, Primary Wave Music Publishing announced the acquisition of catalogs from several jazz greats. The deal includes the works of Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk, and others, previously owned by Regent Music and Jewel Music.

According to Digital Music News, the financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. However, the impact on the music rights landscape is significant.

The acquisition of these catalogs adds to Primary Wave's growing portfolio, which already includes the works of notable artists such as Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, and Sting. By acquiring the music rights of these jazz legends, Primary Wave strengthens its position in the music industry and expands its catalog of iconic works.

Who Owns the Right to Music?

Understanding music rights is crucial in the music industry. Music Business Worldwide explains that music rights refer to the legal ownership of various aspects of a musical composition or recording. These rights can be divided into several types, including:

  1. Mechanical rights: The right to reproduce and distribute recordings.
  2. Performance rights: The right to publicly perform a composition or recording.
  3. Synchronization rights: The right to use a composition in conjunction with visual media.
  4. Print rights: The right to reproduce and distribute sheet music.

How Do Music Rights Work?

Music rights are typically owned by the copyright holders of a musical work. In the case of the jazz greats acquired by Primary Wave, their works were previously owned by Regent Music and Jewel Music. The acquisition by Primary Wave transfers the ownership of these rights to the publishing company.

The acquisition of these catalogs not only provides Primary Wave with a valuable collection of iconic jazz works but also opens up opportunities for licensing and synchronization deals. As the music industry continues to evolve, the ownership and control of music rights will remain a crucial aspect of the business.

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