Stevie Van Zandt partners with Primary Wave for music catalog

Major deal includes individual songs & work with Bruce Springsteen

Primary Wave Music has announced a partnership with legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Stevie Van Zandt. The multi-million dollar deal will see Van Zandt and the publishing giant joining forces to manage the artist’s music publishing and recorded music catalogs, as well as a portion of his name and likeness rights. Terms of the deal also include a stake in producer royalties from Van Zandt’s classic work with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, along with band member and producer royalties from his long collaboration with Bruce Springsteen, which includes such landmark albums as The River and Born In The U.S.A., as well as songs like “Hungry Heart,” “Glory Days,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” and more.

“Couldn’t be more excited to explore this partnership with Larry and Primary Wave,” says Van Zandt. “They have an incredible track record for being creative and proactive. Looking forward to seeing what kind of fun we can have with these songs I’m still really proud of.”

“Stevie’s legendary career speaks for itself,” adds Samantha Rhulen, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs at Primary Wave Music. “His talent as a songwriter and producer is renowned. We couldn’t be more excited to have him join the Primary Wave family and our team is ready to dig in to this incredible catalog.”

For more than five decades, Stevie Van Zandt’s songs have been performed by such stars as Nancy Sinatra, Meat Loaf, Ronnie Spector, Damian Marley, Brian Setzer, Michael Monroe, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jimmy Barnes, Black Uhuru, and many others. Highlights of the deal include some of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s biggest hits, among them Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ timeless “I Don’t Want To Go Home” and “This Time It’s For Real,” his impassioned protest anthem, “I Am A Patriot” (famously covered by Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, and others), the theme song for his critically acclaimed 2019 Netflix series, Lilyhammer, and Darlene Love’s holiday favorite, “All Alone On Christmas,” the latter featured in such films as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Love Actually.

The deal also include access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities, and film & TV production.

Buddy Iahn
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