Rihanna Inks Deal With Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sept. 16, 2019
Rihanna has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a representative from the company confirmed to Variety on Monday, covering the singer’s vast music catalog and future works.
The new deal marks the singer’s reunion with music executive Jon Platt, who ran her former publisher, Warner Chappell Music, from 2015 through 2018. Platt transitioned to chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in April 2019.
Rihanna’s expansive catalog spans 14 years, featuring her latest 2016 album Anti and notable Billboard No. 1 hits like “Work,” “We Found Love,” “Umbrella” and “Disturbia.” Future albums, including singer’s highly-teased ninth album, would be included in the deal.
“I’m proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career,” Platt told Billboard in announcing the news. “Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna’s position as one of the biggest icons in the world. It is an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV.”
Forbes named Rihanna the world’s richest female musician in June, citing successful business ventures–like fashion and beauty partnerships with French luxury giant LVMH, which includes her inclusive makeup brand Fenty Beauty–as main contributors to the 31-year-old’s $600 million fortune.
The publishing agreement follows an eventful week for Rihanna. On Tuesday (Sept. 10), she presented her critically acclaimed Savage x Fenty fashion show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center–set to air on Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 20. Two days later, she held her fifth annual star-studded Diamond Ball benefitting the Clara Lionel Foundation.
Sony/ATV did not respond to a request for comment.