NY Times: Jay-Z Moves To Warner-Chappell Publishing ... Is BeyoncÃ© To Follow?
February 20, 2013 at 5:57 AM (PT)
WARNER/CHAPPELL has signed JAY-Z to a publishing deal that covers his future work as well as his songs since 2008, repports THE NEW YORK TIMES, which notes, "through a separate deal, WARNER/CHAPPELL will also represent the songwriters at JAY-Z’s entertainment and management company, ROC NATION.
The move by JAY-Z follows the move of JON PLATT to WARNER/CHAPPELL from EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING.
THE TIMES also reports, "According to two people briefed on the talks, Mr. PLATT is also said to be in advanced negotiations with another top EMI PUBLISHING artist who is very close to JAY-Z: BEYONCÉ, his wife. These people spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private."
In a statement, JAY-Z told the paper, "The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend. JON PLATT is such a person. He's a man of extraordinary character as well as a remarkably talented executive with an ear for music and an eye for talent. It's great to watch him grow to be one the best in the business."