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.