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Jay-Z Signs to Warner/Chappell Music, Brings Roc Nation Along With Him

StillFaggyAF
StillFaggyAF QueerLGBT CommunityMembers Posts: 40,358 ✭✭✭✭✭
Yesterday Warner/Chappell Music, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group, announced deals with Jay-Z to administer the copyrights of both his own songs and those on the music publishing roster of his company, Roc Nation.

Warner/Chappell will immediately begin administering Jay-Z’s catalog stretching back to 2008; by the end of 2013, it will handle the bulk of his early career hits as well. The publisher will also now administer copyrights for Roc Nation’s stable of songwriters, including Philip Lawrence (co-writer of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and “Locked Out of Heaven”) and S1 (co-writer of Kanye West’s “Power” and Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had”).

Part of the reason that Jay-Z chose Warner/Chappell was his connection to publishing executive Jon Platt, who left EMI Music Publishing for Warner last year. The duo first worked together in 1996, the year Jay-Z released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt.

“The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “Jon Platt is such a person. He’s a man of extraordinary character as well as a remarkably talented executive with an ear for music and an eye for talent. It’s great to watch him grow to be one the best in the business.”


Added Platt: “I couldn’t be happier to continue my relationships with Jay and Roc Nation and build on our partnerships at Warner/Chappell. We have the global expertise and resources to deliver new opportunities for their amazing catalogs, while helping them reach new heights of success around the world.”

Platt became more familiar with Jay-Z’s songwriting skills at EMI, which was home to his copyrights until now. As I wrote in 2010, the rapper’s previous agreement had long been set to expire this year, giving him plenty of time to plot his next step.

But there’s another set of rights headed Jay-Z’s way quite soon. As I wrote in my book Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office, the rapper negotiated the return of the master recordings to all the music he made while at Def Jam as part of an agreement to become president of the label in 2004.

The catch: he’d have to wait 10 years. Ironically, the opportunity to own his masters was what convinced him to take the Def Jam gig over a similar job at Warner Music Group. Now, his career has come full circle.

By the end of 2014, he’ll be in full control of both his master recordings and publishing rights—meaning that every time someone buys one of his albums, streams one of his hits online or licenses his song for a movie, he’ll get a considerably larger piece of the pie. Not bad for someone who already made $38 million last year.

For Warner/Chappell, Jay-Z’s deals might be part of an even bigger package. Rumor has it that Platt is in negotiations to bring Beyoncé’s publishing to Warner/Chappell as well.
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  • WiseGuyy
    WiseGuyy Members Posts: 1,517 ✭✭✭✭✭
    $$$$$$$ <-- All Hov been seeing lately
  • A1000MILES
    A1000MILES Members, Writer Posts: 13,293 ✭✭✭✭✭
    *waits for Tomp*
  • lamontbdc
    lamontbdc 16th & UMembers Posts: 18,824 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ok i guess
  • usmarin3
    usmarin3 Members Posts: 38,013 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Getting that quap, add on the fact Roc Nation is a indy company.
  • jayvon32
    jayvon32 Members Posts: 913 ✭✭✭✭✭
    By the end of 2014, he’ll be in full control of both his master recordings and publishing rights—meaning that every time someone buys one of his albums, streams one of his hits online or licenses his song for a movie, he’ll get a considerably larger piece of the pie. Not bad for someone who already made $38 million last year.

    For Warner/Chappell, Jay-Z’s deals might be part of an even bigger package. Rumor has it that Platt is in negotiations to bring Beyoncé’s publishing to Warner/Chappell as well.

    Not too many rap artist can claim that. Salute and much respect
  • 32DaysOfInfiniti
    32DaysOfInfiniti Members Posts: 4,152 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Warner! Oh 🤬 , they do give the best deals lol
  • Already Home_17
    Already Home_17 Members Posts: 14,572 ✭✭✭✭✭
    eh, i guess that's cool
  • Mr.LV
    Mr.LV Members Posts: 14,089 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jayvon32 wrote: »
    By the end of 2014, he’ll be in full control of both his master recordings and publishing rights—meaning that every time someone buys one of his albums, streams one of his hits online or licenses his song for a movie, he’ll get a considerably larger piece of the pie. Not bad for someone who already made $38 million last year.

    For Warner/Chappell, Jay-Z’s deals might be part of an even bigger package. Rumor has it that Platt is in negotiations to bring Beyoncé’s publishing to Warner/Chappell as well.

    Not too many rap artist can claim that. Salute and much respect

    Correction, Not too many artists in different genres of music can claim that.
  • vslyke
    vslyke Members Posts: 661 ✭✭✭✭
    And he's not the GOAT??? When you compare his rap skills, his wordplay, his ability to craft a story, his ability to seek out great beats, his ability to freestyle, battle rap,his longevity, and last but not least, the legacy he's leaving behind, there is no one challenging him for the throne. 🤬 before and after him will be studying his blueprint for success

    GOAT rap business man, sure. GOAT rapper, hell nah.
  • manofmorehouse
    manofmorehouse Members Posts: 2,716 ✭✭✭✭✭
    vslyke wrote: »
    And he's not the GOAT??? When you compare his rap skills, his wordplay, his ability to craft a story, his ability to seek out great beats, his ability to freestyle, battle rap,his longevity, and last but not least, the legacy he's leaving behind, there is no one challenging him for the throne. 🤬 before and after him will be studying his blueprint for success

    GOAT rap business man, sure. GOAT rapper, hell nah.

    Who do you believe to be the GOAT then?
  • StillFaggyAF
    StillFaggyAF Queer LGBT CommunityMembers Posts: 40,358 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Man when this 🤬 new album droppin? That's all that matters I don't care about publishing deals

    "every fourth quarter i like to michael jordan them"
  • vslyke
    vslyke Members Posts: 661 ✭✭✭✭
    vslyke wrote: »
    And he's not the GOAT??? When you compare his rap skills, his wordplay, his ability to craft a story, his ability to seek out great beats, his ability to freestyle, battle rap,his longevity, and last but not least, the legacy he's leaving behind, there is no one challenging him for the throne. 🤬 before and after him will be studying his blueprint for success

    GOAT rap business man, sure. GOAT rapper, hell nah.

    Who do you believe to be the GOAT then?

    BIG.
  • Vader_F_Kennedy
    Vader_F_Kennedy Behind MissKMembers Posts: 17,715 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2013
    gotta respect tha hustle
  • Lab Baby
    Lab Baby Parts Unknown via BrooklynMembers Posts: 8,154 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Dudes is lucky to get an album release date on a major 5 years in their career. Son got a new deal, an indie label, and his masters and pub. Historic.
  • usmarin3
    usmarin3 Members Posts: 38,013 ✭✭✭✭✭
    vslyke wrote: »
    vslyke wrote: »
    And he's not the GOAT??? When you compare his rap skills, his wordplay, his ability to craft a story, his ability to seek out great beats, his ability to freestyle, battle rap,his longevity, and last but not least, the legacy he's leaving behind, there is no one challenging him for the throne. 🤬 before and after him will be studying his blueprint for success

    GOAT rap business man, sure. GOAT rapper, hell nah.

    Who do you believe to be the GOAT then?

    BIG.

    The known > the unkown

    Jay and Nas > Big and Pac

    Can't give Pac and Big the benefit of the doubt, for all we know them 🤬 would of fell off like Snoop, Wu,etc.
  • vslyke
    vslyke Members Posts: 661 ✭✭✭✭
    usmarin3 wrote: »
    vslyke wrote: »
    vslyke wrote: »
    And he's not the GOAT??? When you compare his rap skills, his wordplay, his ability to craft a story, his ability to seek out great beats, his ability to freestyle, battle rap,his longevity, and last but not least, the legacy he's leaving behind, there is no one challenging him for the throne. 🤬 before and after him will be studying his blueprint for success

    GOAT rap business man, sure. GOAT rapper, hell nah.

    Who do you believe to be the GOAT then?

    BIG.

    The known > the unkown

    Jay and Nas > Big and Pac

    Can't give Pac and Big the benefit of the doubt, for all we know them 🤬 would of fell off like Snoop, Wu,etc.

    Nah, BIG's 2 albums >>>>>>> any Jay Z album. Plus how you gon take Jay who has to sprinkle his verses with Biggie bars over Biggie himself.
  • Lab Baby
    Lab Baby Parts Unknown via BrooklynMembers Posts: 8,154 ✭✭✭✭✭
    usmarin3 wrote: »
    vslyke wrote: »
    vslyke wrote: »
    And he's not the GOAT??? When you compare his rap skills, his wordplay, his ability to craft a story, his ability to seek out great beats, his ability to freestyle, battle rap,his longevity, and last but not least, the legacy he's leaving behind, there is no one challenging him for the throne. 🤬 before and after him will be studying his blueprint for success

    GOAT rap business man, sure. GOAT rapper, hell nah.

    Who do you believe to be the GOAT then?

    BIG.

    The known > the unkown

    Jay and Nas > Big and Pac

    Can't give Pac and Big the benefit of the doubt, for all we know them 🤬 would of fell off like Snoop, Wu,etc.

    Pac had a 4 year career with 4 albums to his name while he was alive. It may have been cut short, but that's enough to put him in a ranking. And Pac's run in 96 is unparalleled. Not making a case for him, just sayin.
  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    Jay new theme needs to be the Million dollar man theme
  • usmarin3
    usmarin3 Members Posts: 38,013 ✭✭✭✭✭
    vslyke wrote: »
    usmarin3 wrote: »
    vslyke wrote: »
    vslyke wrote: »
    And he's not the GOAT??? When you compare his rap skills, his wordplay, his ability to craft a story, his ability to seek out great beats, his ability to freestyle, battle rap,his longevity, and last but not least, the legacy he's leaving behind, there is no one challenging him for the throne. 🤬 before and after him will be studying his blueprint for success

    GOAT rap business man, sure. GOAT rapper, hell nah.

    Who do you believe to be the GOAT then?

    BIG.

    The known > the unkown

    Jay and Nas > Big and Pac

    Can't give Pac and Big the benefit of the doubt, for all we know them 🤬 would of fell off like Snoop, Wu,etc.

    Nah, BIG's 2 albums >>>>>>> any Jay Z album. Plus how you gon take Jay who has to sprinkle his verses with Biggie bars over Biggie himself.

    Lets compare Bigs first two albums to Jay first two.

    Reasonable Doubt > Ready to Die (RTD did not age well at all)
    Life After Death > Vol 1

    How many albums has Jay made (close to 15) plus the numerous guest verses. Out of all those verse i bet you lest than 5 percent are Biggie lines. Ya'll get so hyperbolic with that Biggie lines nonsense, like Jay doesn't have enough original material to stand on.


    I'm sorry but i'm not giving dead rappers a boost or pass over 🤬 who have put in the work. Do you know how much the music business has changed since Pac and Big died, we don't know if they could of kept up with the changes.
  • TheRicanKing
    TheRicanKing Members Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nas is doing fine with his career today in 2013 so that alone is something.

    Yea the music buisiness has changed but I'm sure with how talented Pac and BIG were, they'd have no problem in this climate.

    I'm actually positive rappers would step it up a notch.
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