Elvis has left yet another building.
The Presley music publishing catalog has been moved to Cherry Lane Music Publishing, the Gotham-based indie that’s home to “All Shook Up,” “Anarchy in the U.K.” and music from NFL Films.
Elvis Presley Enterprises and the estate of Julian Aberbach selected Cherry Lane to administer the catalog, which contains more than 1,000 songs. Cherry Lane had previously administered 25% of the catalog on behalf of the Aberbach estate. Move marks the first time since 2000 that a single publisher will handle administration of the catalog. For the past seven years, Chrysalis has repped the Presley catalog.
Through his publishing companies (Elvis Presley Music, Gladys Music, Whitehaven Music and Elvis Music), Presley was part owner of many of the songs he recorded. Hill & Range Music, owned by brothers Julian and Jean Aberbach, was his publishing partner for the most part. The catalog also includes hits recorded by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
Those copyrights are a key revenue producer for Presley Enterprises, which is primarily owned by Robert Sillerman’s CKX. Latter also owns 19 Prods., the company that produces “American Idol.”
Cherry Lane has committed to several promotions specific to the catalog, including increased advertising, as well as delivery of songs to music supervisors on branded digital music players.