RONDOR MUSIC RENEWS EXCLUSIVE, WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING AGREEMENT WITH AVRIL LAVIGNE
Los Angeles, California, March 10, 2008 – Rondor Music has re-signed music sensation Avril Lavigne to an exclusive, long term, worldwide publishing agreement; it was announced today by Lance Freed, President of the company and Ron Moss, Executive Vice President/Creative of Rondor Music.
Rondor has represented Avril Lavigne’s publishing rights throughout her first three highly successful albums which have sold a combined total of 28 million physical copies throughout the world. Her debut album, Let Go, garnered 8 Grammy nominations and 4 Juno Awards, including Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year. “Girlfriend,” the fist single from Avril’s latest album, Best Damn Thing, was the best selling worldwide digital single of 2007 with 7.3 million downloads. “Girlfriend” is also currently the all-time most streamed music video on YouTube with 75 million streams.
“We’ve supported Avril from the beginning and are thrilled to continue working with her as she begins the next chapter in her already storied career,” stated Mr. Freed.
“Avril is a world class artist and songwriter, who continues to push the creative envelope with every new project,” added Mr. Moss. “And we’re delighted that she has chosen to remain a part of the Rondor family.”
Almo/Irving Music was founded in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss as the original domestic publishing arm of their newly-formed A&M Records. In 1966 the company, with only 200 copyrights, began to reach out for new songs and writers. Today, Rondor Music publishes major catalogs, including Brian Wilson’s Sea of Tunes Beach Boys Catalog, the Stax-era East Memphis Music Catalog with titles from Al Green, Isaac Hayes and Steve Cropper, and the Shelter Music Catalog, featuring the music of Tom Petty. Other catalogues include Lloyd Price, Super Tramp and Squeeze. New contemporary writers include Avril Lavigne, Mika, Sly Jordan and James Fauntlroy.
As a measure of the company’s success, Rondor songs have captured a number of Grammy awards over the years including “From A Distance,” written by Julie Gold (1991), “Tears In Heaven,” written by Will Jennings and Eric Clapton (1993) and “My Heart Will Go On,” written by Will Jennings and James Horner (1998).