Primary Wave acquires Huey Lewis catalog

Songs include some of the band’s biggest hits

Primary Wave Music has partnered with Huey Lewis and The News for a multi-million dollar deal that encompasses the Grammy-winning band’s entire commercially released music catalog from inception through 1994, the period of its biggest hits. Included in this exciting new partnership are some of the band’s most notable and award-winning singles, such as the Top 10 classics “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Workin’ For a Livin’,” and more.

Also included in the deal is the band’s 1985 single, “The Power of Love.” Written for the blockbuster film Back to the Future, “The Power of Love” soared to the top of the charts, becoming the band’s first No. 1 hit. The single sold more than a million copies in the US alone and was nominated for two American Music Awards, winning both “Favorite Single” and “Favorite Video Single.” It was also nominated for several other awards that year including a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award.

Terms of the deal also include access to the publishing firm’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities and film & TV production.

“In the 1980’s, everyone heard Huey Lewis and the News’s many smashes on radio and saw their iconic & fun videos which appeared on MTV in endless rotation,” states Primary Wave Music’s David Weitzman. “Their incredibly crafted songs still made me smile, remind me of that seemingly more innocent era, and make me want to sing along at the top of your lungs. Primary Wave look forward to working with Huey to create new opportunities for his storied song catalog into the future.”

Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock and roll bands. Their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map. In 2018, The Heart of Rock & Roll premiered at The Old Globe in San Diego. The musical comedy was inspired by the songs of Huey Lewis and the News, celebrating the award-winning band’s music catalog. The show received rave reviews and is discussions to move to Broadway.

A documentary on the band is also in the works and will highlight their incomparable career as well as their lives both on and off the stage.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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