MUSICWEEK - Tuesday June 16, 2009 - By Paul Williams
Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart has become the latest big name to take his songs to Kobalt Music Group.
Under the deal the publisher will administer Stewart’s songs globally, including handling them for use in film, TV, advertising, ringtones, games and other media.
As a member of Eurythmics Stewart co-wrote with Annie Lennox songs such as Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Here Comes The Rain Again and Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, while outside the duo his credits include No Doubt’s Underneath It All and Tom Petty’s Don’t Come Around Here No More.
Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz says, “Dave Stewart is not only a member of rock royalty and one of the most prolific songwriter/producers of our time, he is a visionary thinker. He’s always been on the forefront of what is coming next in music and in the technology of music delivery. We are utterly privileged to be working with him on a global basis, both in administration and creative services.”
Stewart’s manager Dave Kaplan adds, “Dave has always been passionate and fearless about pushing boundaries and pioneering change, while at the same time writing countless smash hit songs that are still played around the world every day. After being involved in traditional publishing deals ever since he was a struggling young teenager in Sunderland, Dave has now made the bold decision to move away from the old structure, and the lure of the huge advance checks, in favour of the new, fresh approach of the Kobalt model. This deal teams Dave with like-minded people and allows him to continue to unleash his crazy-ingenious ideas for disrupting and revolutionizing the entertainment universe.”