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News March 3, 2020

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker re-signs with Sony/ATV

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Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker re-signs with Sony/ATV

Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker has extended his exclusive songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Parker originally signed on the dotted line with the music publishing giant back in 2009 for representation in Australia, ahead of the release of Innerspeaker, the debut album from his psychedelic rock project.

Through the new arrangement, announced overnight from New York, Sony/ATV will now represent Parker’s future songs on a global basis.

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker photo by Matt Sav

In a statement on the pact, Parker pays tribute to the work of Sony/ATV Australia Managing Director Damian Trotter and U.S.-based Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV.

“I’m super excited to be re-signing with Sony/ATV and extending my relationship with them from Australia to worldwide,” Parker says. Trotter “has become my good friend and someone I can rely on to take good care of my words and melodies. It’s also an honour to now be working with such a legendary figure in music as Jon Platt.”

Platt admits he’s a “huge fan” of the BRIT and ARIA Award-winning Parker. “He is an incredible songwriter whose impressive ascent with Tame Impala makes him one of the premier creators and musicians of the past decade. Kevin’s creative and professional relationship with Damian and the passionate team at Sony/ATV Australia has achieved great success, and we are well positioned globally to provide seamless support for this next dynamic phase of Kevin’s career.”

Watch Tame Impala’s ‘Lost in Yesterday’:

Tame Impala’s fourth and most recent album The Slow Rush made a sprint to the top tier of charts around the globe.

Recorded, produced and mixed by the Fremantle native, The Slow Rush last month debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Album Chart, the band’s second leader here after Currents started at the top in 2015.

Around the globe, the new set started at No. 2 in Belgium and the Netherlands, No. 3 in the United States, the U.K, Ireland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada, No. 5 in Norway, No. 7 in Germany and Japan, No. 8 in Sweden and No. 9 in Austria.

An in-demand producer, Parker has worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, A$AP Rocky, The Flaming Lips, Kanye West, Travis Scott and Mick Jagger, who he name-checks on the Slow Rush track ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’.

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“Having represented Kevin Parker in Australia for more than 10 years,” comments Damian Trotter, Managing Director of Sony/ATV Australia, “I am incredibly proud and excited that Sony/ATV is now extending our publishing agreement with Kevin for the rest of the world. I want to thank Jon Platt for his support, as he has been driving to make this happen from literally his first day on the job.”

Tame Impala is “unquestionably one of the most respected, original and exciting bands on the planet,” Trotter continues, “and as the sole writer, producer, vocalist and engineer, who also plays every instrument on each of their albums, Kevin Parker is for all intents and purposes, Tame Impala. He is a once in a generation artist and I believe he is only just scratching the surface of his potential.”

Tame Impala kick off a seven-date trans-Tasman arena tour April 16 at Spark Arena in Auckland, presented by triple j, Laneway Presents, Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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