Earlier this year, Dallas-based investment firm Outlander Fund and Netherlands-based CTM BV launched a strategic alliance to acquire music publishing and master rights.
The new venture, CTM Outlander Music LP, said that its ambition is to invest $1 billion in copyrights over the next five years.
Today (November 16), CTM Outlander has announced that it is buying what it says is the “music rights [covering] the last decade” from Grammy award winning songwriter Natalie Hemby, and is also entering into an exclusive publishing deal for her future compositions.
The catalog consists of 189 released songs, 26 unreleased songs, 8 No.1 songs and 26 past or current singles.
Hemby has written eight No.1 hits for country superstars such as Lady A’s Downtown, Little Big Town’s Pontoon and Tornado, Miranda Lambert’s White Liar, Automatic and Bluebird, Jon Pardi’s Heartache Medication and Justin Moore’s You Look Like I Need A Drink.
She co-wrote global hits like Always Remember Us This Way as recorded by Lady Gaga and I’ll Never Love Again by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, part of the blockbuster movie A Star Is Born.
Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, Lady A, Chris Isaak, Blake Shelton, amongst others have recorded her songs.
Hemby also co-wrote the track Love In Slow Motion, which features on Equals, the new album from Ed Sheeran, which entered at No.1 in nearly all album charts throughout the world.
New releases by Alicia Keys can also be expected soon, according to CTM.
Hemby was nominated for two 2021 Grammy Awards for Best Country Song for Bluebird by Miranda Lambert and Crowded Table by The Highwomen, which took home the Grammy Award.
“This is a career milestone for me and I’m sincerely grateful for this opportunity.”
Natalie Hemby said: : “It is an honor and a privilege to be working with CTM Outlander Music. They have a worldwide influence and are deeply respected across the globe.
“I’m excited to represent them within the Nashville circles, as well as expand my songwriting circles. This is a career milestone for me and I’m sincerely grateful for this opportunity.”
“We love Natalie’s work and she has been a pleasure to work with. We are excited about our future together.”
Leslie Ware: “We love Natalie’s work and she has been a pleasure to work with. We are excited about our future together.”
“When we came in contact with Natalie, we immediately felt that this is the right match for us.”
André de Raaff, CTM
André de Raaff, CEO of CTM Outlander, said: “We have often looked with great interest at Nashville writers and catalogs but never found the right fit for us.
“When we came in contact with Natalie, we immediately felt that this is the right match for us. A great catalog and a gifted outstanding writer with the skills and potential to write for the greatest artists in the world.”Music Business Worldwide