Primary Wave acquires the publishing and recording catalog of Christian rock giants Skillet in a multi-million dollar deal.
Primary Wave Music, a leading provider of independent music publishing, has announced its partnership with award-winning rock band Skillet. The deal sees the publisher acquire the band’s music publishing and royalties for five critically acclaimed albums from 2003 to 2016.
The albums included in the multi-million dollar deal are Skillet’s fifth studio album Collidethe 2006 album Comatosethe top 5 and multi-platinum release of 2009 Awakeher critically acclaimed 2013 album raiseand her 2016 gold-certified album Unleashed. Songs from these releases include some of the band’s biggest hits in their nearly two-decade career, such as “Whispers in the Dark,” “Awake and Alive,” “Feel Invincible,” “Monster,” “Hero,” and “Hero.” . “The resistance.”
Skillet’s song repertoire has amassed over 1 billion streams on Spotify and has been sung by Marvel, NFL, NHL, MLB and the WWE.
Terms of the agreement also include access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, including digital strategy, licensing, dubbing capabilities, and film and television production.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Primary Wave team,” said Skillet’s John Cooper. “What a wild, amazing ride with all these songs! We are grateful for the past and look forward to what lies ahead.”
“Personally, it was an exciting deal because when I worked at Atlantic Records 20 years ago, I did the original deal to sign Skillet with Lava Records,” recalled Samantha Rhulen, SVP of Business & Legal Affairs at Primary Wave Music.”
“What the band and Zach have accomplished since then has been truly impressive, and now it’s come full circle in welcoming them into the Primary Wave family.”
One of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century, Skillet have accomplished a lot in their nearly 20-year career, even if most of it has happened quietly under the radar. The twice Grammy-nominated members of the Pandora Billionaires Club have sold over 17 million albums worldwide. The band took home a Billboard Music award for going double platinum Awake. His breakout single “Monster” was certified 5x platinum and remains “one of the most-streamed rock songs of all time”.