Paul Anka Signs Long-Term Multimillion Dollar Deal With Primary Wave Music
The agreement includes his controlled music publishing, master recordings and name and likeness.
Primary Wave Music Publishing announced on Monday (Feb. 4) it has partnered with Paul Anka for his controlled music publishing, master recordings and name and likeness.
"Paul Anka is an American icon and has penned some of the greatest songs in American culture," said Lawrence Mestel, CEO and founder of Primary Wave Music Publishing, in a statement. "He transcends time and has the most engaging, youthful spirit. It's an honor to have Paul in the Primary Wave family."
In addition to the long-term multimillion dollar partnership, Primary Wave has also enterned into an administration agreement with the singer-songwriter. As part of the deal, the company will help market Anka's name and likness to build brand awareness for his music. It will also oversee his daily digital marketing activies, including tour marketing, e-commerce and direct-to-fan initiatives.
Anka's songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and many others. Among his greatest hits are "My Way," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "Diana," "Lonely Boy," "You Are My Destiny" and "Puppy Love," to name a few.
"I am very excited to be entering into this partnership at a very important chapter of my life and career with a group of people who have my utmost respect and admiration because of what and who they are as a company, under the helm of Larry Mestel," added Anka. "I have gotten to know Larry enough to know that my lifetime's work and efforts are secure and will flourish in his hands. I look forward to this being a very warm and rewarding experience for all in this business that is ever changing, but will be everlasting. There will always be music; it always has been and always will be about the music. As I enter my 62nd year in the business, I humbly look forward to whatever is left of this God-given gift with Primary Wave."
Paul Anka is a recipient of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame's Johnny Mercer Award and the prestigious French award Chevalier de Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been appointed to the Order of Canada and he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2018.