KKR and BMG Acquire Into ZZ Top’s Music

KKR & Co. Inc. and BMG are betting on ZZ Leading.

The investment decision business and audio enterprise have acquired all of the Texas blues-rock trio’s audio interests—the publishing catalog, as effectively as earnings from recorded music royalties and efficiency royalties, the companies reported.

The deal is valued at close to $50 million, according to individuals common with the make a difference.

BMG Legal rights Management—both a document label and publisher, and a subsidiary of Germany’s Bertelsmann SE—and KKR in March teamed up to commit at least $1 billion on songs copyrights. That commitment arrived amid a big transfer into music this yr for KKR, which previous January struck a $200 million deal for a vast majority stake in Ryan Tedder’s catalog of hits, which include tunes from Beyoncé, Adele, Stevie Marvel and Mr. Tedder’s band, OneRepublic. In Oct, KKR invested $1.1 billion on investment decision advisory business Kobalt Capital Ltd.’s KMR Music Royalties II portfolio, which contains additional than 62,000 copyrights throughout songs genres.

ZZ Top’s deal is the most recent in a string of artists trying to get to funds in on their tunes rights and secure their legacies with associates they believe that will take care of their life’s do the job. Numerous are speeding to shut specials although they can acquire benefit of a important tax profit for songwriters.

Revenue from streaming tunes has grown with the recognition of companies from

Spotify Know-how SA,

Apple Inc.


Amazon.com Inc.,

generating the appropriate to royalty earnings far more attractive to investors, specially money gamers, these as

Blackstone Inc.

and Eldridge Industries LLC.

On streaming providers, consumption is in excess of 65% catalog, or new music more mature than 18 months, according to MRC Info, previously Nielsen New music. Older hits, such as individuals observed in ZZ Top’s catalog, are commanding greater prices than pre-Covid-19 since they are typically perceived as risk-free bets primarily based on tested longevity, and vintage tunes have seen an even bigger surge in streaming all through the pandemic.

ZZ Prime shaped in Houston in the late 1960s, with

Billy Gibbons,

Dusty Hill


Frank Beard

going on to promote additional than 50 million copies of 15 albums introduced more than a 50-12 months span, which includes the industrial breakthrough “Tres Hombres” in 1973, “Degüello,” “El Loco,” “Eliminator,” “Afterburner,” “Recycler” and “Antenna.”

The trio, identified for their distinctive look—with Messrs. Gibbons and Hill donning lengthy beards for decades—was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Their documentary “ZZ Top rated: That Minor Ol’ Band From Texas” was nominated for ideal audio film at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Mr. Hill died in July at age 72 amid the band’s North American tour, which is slated to run by means of spring 2022.

“This new deal guarantees ZZ Top’s remarkable legacy will endure for generations to appear,” reported ZZ Top manager Carl Stubner of Shelter Songs Group.

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Appeared in the December 22, 2021, print version as ‘ZZ Best Sells Its Catalog for $50 Million.’