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The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas sells music publishing catalog in “multimillion-dollar deal”

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The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas is selling his music publishing catalog to the company Primary Wave Music.

According to a press release, Primary Wave now owns “a stake in Casablancas’ share of music publishing on all Strokes compositions, as well as his share of master copyrights and master royalties,” including songs such as “Last Nite,” “Reptilia” and “Someday.” The agreement is described as a “multimillion-dollar deal,” though an exact number was not published.

In addition to those multimillion dollars, Casablancas will also receive “access to the Primary Wave marketing and branding teams, as well as the publishing infrastructure which includes licensing and [sync] opportunities.”

“Primary Wave is thrilled to partner with Julian Casablancas for his works in The Strokes,” says Primary Wave Music’s David Weitzman. “Julian’s extraordinary talents as a songwriter, singer, and leader infuse the magic that is The Strokes. The Strokes are one of the most important bands of this century and are beloved by a multi-generational audience who have made them a global festival headliner.”

The Strokes are set to return to the stage as a global festival headliner this week after missing a few shows, including Boston Calling and Primavera Sound, due to a positive COVID-19 case within the band.

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