Primary wave music has finalized an agreement to acquire the music publishing catalog of Jeff Porcaro – drummer and one of the songwriters of the iconic American rock band TOTO — for about $30 million. The agreement also includes the grammys the winner’s master royalties on all albums he has performed on with the band. Are included in the acquisition Porcarothe main royalty share for the group’s biggest hits, such as their first single “Stay on the line”, as good as “I’ll Be Over You” and the award-winning single “Rosana”. Released in 1982, “Rosana” reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for five weeks. In 1983, “Rosana” won the Grammy Award for “Record of the Year”.
TOTObest known hit “Africa” is also included in this exciting acquisition. Released in October 1982 and co-written by I f and David Paich, “Africa” was the band’s third multi-platinum single and grammys– winning album “Toto IV”. The single reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it their only Billboard No. 1. “Africa” also went to No. 1 in Canada and reached the Top 10 in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. Years later, the song continues to thrive. In June 2021, “Africa” was inducted into Spotify Billionaire’s Club reflecting it has been streamed over a billion times on Spotify alone. The song has been sampled many times over the years by artists like Nas, Rule Ja and Wiz Khalifa. In 2017, a Twitter campaign encouraged the rock band WEEZER cover “Africa”. The band dropped their recording in early 2018, which became their biggest hit in years and has since been certified six times platinum.
“As the homeland of legends, we feel primary wave is the ideal partner to continue to protect I fthe musical legacy of,” said Susan Porcaro.
“Being one of the millions of fans shouting the chorus of ‘Africa’ at the top of the lungs on several occasions, it is certainly another thrilling moment in primary wave history,” says Adam Lowenberg, Marketing Director at Primary wave music. He continues: “Quite simply, Jeff Porcaro belongs to the Mount Rushmore of great American drummers. We are honored to work with I fhis wife, Susanna, and their sons, to ensure that his legacy will be recognized by generations to come.”
Born in 1954, Jeff Porcaro was an American drummer, songwriter and record producer. While he is best known for his work with rock band TOTO, he is considered one of the most recorded session musicians of all time. During his career, he performed on thousands of songs for hundreds of artists, including SONNY & CHER, Miles Davis, DAN STEEL, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, Frankie Valli, and Elton John. Jeff also toured with DAN STEEL and BOZ SCAGGS before co-founding TOTO with his childhood friend David Paich. As a group they have released 14 studio albums and have sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Historically, few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a greater imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. With thousands of credits and accolades to their names, the band remains the benchmark on which many artists base their sound and production. Their repertoire continues to be current through highly publicized use on both television and film. They are one of the few 1970s bands that endured changing trends and styles to enjoy a career with a multi-generational fan base.
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