Duran Duran inks worldwide publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music21 May 2020 - Press release
Administration Deal Covers Majority of Iconic British Group’s Catalog + Future Work
Warner Chappell Music announced today that it has entered into a global publishing agreement with British music icons Duran Duran. The deal calls for Warner Chappell to administer the majority of the award-winning, multi-platinum group’s catalog from 1986 to date, as well as all current and future compositions. Included are acclaimed albums such as Notorious, Duran Duran (The Wedding Album), Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, and Paper Gods, encompassing the global hits “Notorious,” “All She Wants Is,” “Ordinary World,” “Come Undone,” “(Reach Up for the) Sunrise,” “Pressure Off” and more. Duran Duran’s next studio album is slated for release in the fall of 2020.
“Duran Duran redefined the modern pop landscape in the ‘80s, and over the past four decades, they’ve remained endlessly creative, continuing to evolve and reinvent themselves,” said Warner Chappell Music Co-Chair & COO Carianne Marshall and Co-Chair & CEO Guy Moot. “As brilliant songwriters and visual pioneers, the band’s distinctive, original approach has continued to influence successive generations of artists, even as they have continued to raise the bar. All of us at Warner Chappell are immensely pleased that Duran Duran has chosen Warner Chappell as their new publishing home, and we welcome Roger, Simon, Nick, and John into the family.”
Speaking on behalf of the band, singer Simon Le Bon said: “We worked with both Carianne and Guy before they joined Warner Chappell, and we have long admired the kind of creative approach they bring to publishing. We are very much looking forward to this new partnership and to a successful future together for our catalogue.”
Since making their debut in 1981, Duran Duran – singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor — have sold more than 100 million records across the globe. They’ve scored 30 top 20 singles in their native UK, as well as 21 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The release of their first album was virtually simultaneous with the launch of MTV, and their groundbreaking fusion of music, art, technology, style, and fashion placed them at the leading edge of a new generation of performers combining cutting edge music with visual innovation. The band’s many honors include two Ivor Novellos, two Grammy Awards, two BRIT Awards – including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Duran Duran’s most recent studio album, Paper Gods, became their highest-charting release in over two decades, hitting the top five in the UK and the top ten in the U.S. The upcoming release of their new studio album will be accompanied by a major world tour.