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In a multi-million-dollar purchase, Primary Wave Music became the new owner of 50% of Grammy-nominated musician, Chris Isaak, catalog. The deal encompasses Isaak’s biggest hits: Blue Hotel, San Francisco DaysBaby Did a Bad, Bad ThingSomebody’s Crying, and Wicked Game. Issak also gets in the deal the chance to sign artists and release new music. Primary Wave also owns substantial interests in the song catalogs of Ray CharlesBob MarleyWhitney Houston, Burt Bacharach, Smokey Robinson, the Four Seasons, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.

“Chris is a true iconic talent, and I was drawn to his almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Sun catalog and its rich history. We look forward to working with Chris and his amazing manager Sheryl Louis. Our team couldn’t be happier to welcome Chris to the Primary Wave and Sun Records family,” says Larry Mestel, CEO & Founder of Primary Wave Music.

Chris Isaak said: “Life has a unique way of coming full circle. I spent hours of my youth looking at secondhand singles at thrift shops, and while those old records might have been several generations before me, the impression they’ve made on me has lasted a lifetime.”

“The most captivating of all the singles were always the ones with that coveted Sun logo. The label was, and still is, home to the voices of my heroes and icons.”

“To now be officially part of the label and have the Sun logo on my music is humbling and gratifying in ways I cannot quite convey. Further to that, I feel it’s important that we look to the future and go about creating the next generation of legends. I’m thrilled to take on that task with Sun to both discover and curate new music.”


– Excerpt from an article for Music Business Worldwide by Murray Stassen. Read the full article here.


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