Jason Aldean Sells 90% Of Music Catalog in $100 Million Deal
Spirit Music Group, an independent music publisher, has acquired 90% of Jason Aldean‘s recorded music catalog in what was reportedly…
Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Spirit Music Group, an independent music publisher, has acquired 90% of Jason Aldean‘s recorded music catalog in what was reportedly a $100 million deal.
According to Variety, the company announced the news on Thursday (Feb. 23), revealing that the acquisition includes 90% of the country superstar’s catalog, including nine albums, six of which were previously certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million.
The deal includes Aldean’s music dating back to his 2005 debut album through 2019’s 9, his ninth studio project. This includes 24 chart-topping songs and 34 Top 10 singles.
Aldean’s longtime label home, BBR Music Group, still has rights to its portion of the catalog.
“It’s cool that a company like Spirit, that’s been around so long, has taken on my music catalog. It’s something really important to me, so I’m glad it’ll be looked after,” said Jason Aldean.
“Jason Aldean has been a consistent hitmaker and trailblazer in country music for nearly two decades. His recordings have helped define the sound of modern country music. Spirit Music Group is excited to partner with Jason and we look forward to further championing these important recordings to the world,” said Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville.
“Jason Aldean is one of country music’s elite headliners and the breadth and depth of his work is undeniable,” said Jon Singer, Chairman, Spirit Music Group. “We welcome Jason’s impressive collection of works to the Spirit Music Group catalog and are committed to being an active partner in safeguarding and building upon the success of these recordings.”
Aldean isn’t the only country superstar to sell of portions of a music catalog in recent months. Kenny Chesney recently sold 80% of his catalog, while Blake Shelton reportedly sold a portion of his catalog for $50 million in 2021.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.