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RIC OCASEK,
1944-2019
Bandleader, producer, A&R exec—an extraordinary career (9/16a)
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BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
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Fa-la-la-la-la...cha-ching (9/16a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Pub Crawling
DOWNTOWN'S STRICTLY
CONFIDENTIAL DEAL
5/13/19

Downtown Publishing's just-announced acquisition of indie European pubco Strictly Confidential's catalog includes more than 10k song copyrights across multiple languages and genres, highlighting Downtown’s growing global focus.

Original music from the catalog, which spans 1987 through 2017, includes hit singles written and/or recorded by the likes of Balkan Beat Box, Bebel Gilberto, Carl Barât, Chromeo, Clarika, Deus, Editors, Élodie Frégé, Felix da Housecat, Jason Derulo, Julien Doré, Junior Jack, Mark Ronson, Olivia Ruiz, Soap&Skin, Staff Benda Bilili, Tom Odell, Vanessa Paradis and more.

The acquisition does not include Strictly Confidential’s publishing administration business, which will continue to be operated by its existing management team who are separately developing a catalog of new original music.

“For more than 30 years, Strictly Confidential has set a gold standard in copyright management and artistic development," says Justin Kalifowitz (pictured), CEO of Downtown Music Holdings—parent company to Downtown Publishing. "Building upon Downtown’s investments in the EU and U.K., we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this wonderfully diverse song catalog into our global portfolio. I want to thank Michel [Lambot], Kenny [Gates], and especially Pierre [Mossiat], who has not only been a close friend but a strong advocate for copyright globally, in entrusting us with these important works.”