Beyonce inks Warner/Chappell publishing deal

Move comes on heels of Jay-Z's pact with company

Beyonce has signed a worldwide music publishing deal with Warner Music Group’s pubbery Warner/Chappell Music, on the heels of a similar pact between the musician’s hubby, Jay-Z, and the company.

The deal, effective immediately, will cover the pop-R&B star’s future songwriting, including her next album.

On Tuesday, Warner/Chappell announced that Jay-Z and his Roc Nation writers would be administered globally by the company (Variety, Feb. 20). His deal will cover both his future songs and back catalog.

Both agreements were probably keyed to recent seismic changes in the publishing landscape. Both Beyonce and Jay-Z were previously signed with EMI Music Publishing, which was purchased by a consortium led by Sony/ATV last year. Jon Platt, now president-creative at Warner/Chappell, was a longtime EMI publishing topper.

Platt said in a statement: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Beyonce for many years now and I am always inspired by her drive, her creative vision and the breadth of her talent as a songwriter, performer and artist. Not only has she become a global phenomenon, she has helped redefine what it means to be an entertainment icon.”

The Beyonce-Warner/Chappell alliance comes on the heels of several profile-raising media appearances, including her half-time show at the 2013 Super Bowl and the HBO premiere of her doc “Life Is But a Dream.” She has sold 70 million albums globally, and 50 million more as a member of Destiny’s Child.

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