Reach Music Publishing has acquired a 50% copyright — as well as 100% author share, including worldwide administrative rights — in the song catalog of public enemyby Chuck D, one of the most influential rappers and lyricists in hip-hop history. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
As a founding member and chief songwriter of Public Enemy, Chuck D co-wrote nearly every song the band made, including such classics as “Fight the Power” (the theme song to the 1989 Spike Lee film ” Do the Right Thing”), “Bring the Noise”, “Welcome to the Terrordome”, “Shut ‘Em Down”, and “He Got Game”, all of which are included in the acquisition of Reach Music. 300 songs are included in the offer.
The acquisition includes Chuck D’s songwriting contributions to Public Enemy albums spanning a 25-year period from 1987 to 2012, beginning with the band’s 1987 debut album “Yo! Bum Rush the Show.” and including his classic late ’80s-early ’90s run, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”, “Fear of a Dark Planet” and “Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Dark” .
For more than twenty years, Reach Music and its subsidiary Reach Global have been Chuck D’s music publisher and rights administration company. Through this new agreement, Reach has purchased Chuck’s intellectual property rights that were previously administered by Reach, including the songwriter’s full share. , which Reach will continue to administer worldwide.
Chuck D said:[Reach founder-president] Mike Closter and everyone at Reach have been caring for my song catalog for over 20 years, and entering into this deal was the right time for a forward and logical evolution of our business together in an ever-changing industry. Reach have always been ahead of the curve in establishing respect for writing and editing songs in the hip-hop genre, and they will continue to care for my works.
Closter said, “I’m very grateful to Chuck for our collaboration as a music publisher over these many decades. The Reach team will continue to work hard to protect these works while presenting them to new generations to come.
Chuck D was represented in the transaction by attorneys Doug Mark and Jared Tankel of Mark Music & Media Law, PC; artist manager Lorrie Boula of Soul Kitchen and business manager Scott Adair of London & Company LLP. Reach Music was represented by attorney Jeff Sacharow of The Sacharow Firm, PC
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