The Kid LAROI signs global deal with Sony Music Publishing
It’s the first major new signing to be revealed by the major since revealing it would rebrand from Sony/ATV to its original name, Sony Music Publishing, on February 11.
F*ck Love was released in July and has made its way to #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Back home, the artist – real name Charlton Howard – became the youngest Aussie solo artist to top the ARIA Albums Chart with the record’s deluxe edition, F*ck Love (Savage).
Three songs off the album, ‘WITHOUT YOU’, ‘So Done’ and ‘GO’ (featuring Juice WRLD) are ARIA-certified platinum singles, while ‘Addison Rae’, ‘Let Her Go’, ‘Diva’, ‘WRONG’ and ‘Tell Me Why’ are all certified gold. Thanks to its success, the rapper has reached more than one billion streams on Spotify and the mixtape earned him ARIA Award nominations for Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist and Best Hip Hop Release.
“If just one person out there connects with my journey and life experiences through my music, then I have achieved what I set out to do, and it is a privilege to have the fans that I have to share the journey ahead with me. To be a member of the writing family at Sony Music Publishing, where many of my idols and so many legends have their home is an honor,” Howard said in a statement.
“I am excited at what the future holds and to have gained the faith of the best industry professionals in the business at the age of 17 and coming from Australia. Thank you to Big Jon and the SMP team for this wonderful opportunity.”
Sony Music Publishing head Jon Platt added, “What The Kid LAROI has already achieved as a songwriter is exceptional. He is such an incredible talent, who is deserving of this moment.
“As he continues to make his mark, Sony Music Publishing will fully support his career development and creative vision with even more opportunities to excel.”
Earlier this month, MusicWeek reported LAROI had also signed to UTA.