The estate of the late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and Primary Wave Music have announced a partnership that will see the publishing giant partner with Weiland’s estate on the singer and songwriter’s catalog, which includes publishing copyrights and recording royalties for all repertoire recorded for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. The agreement also encompasses all songs and recordings Weiland released as a solo artist, which include his debut album, “12 Bar Blues,” as well as “’Happy’ inGaloshes, Blaster,” and the Christmas release, “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.”
According to the announcement, Primary Wave will share in name, image and likeness rights with the estate and will provide access to the company’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, working closely on new marketing, branding, digital, and synch opportunities, as well as film & television projects. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Weiland rose quickly to fame as frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, which became one of the most successful rock bands of the ‘90s, selling more than 40 million albums globally via hits like “Creep,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Plush,” “Vasoline” and others. Weiland’s catalog includes 16 Top Ten singles, 8 of which went to number one. The band would receive four Grammy nominations, winning in 1994 for “Best Hard Rock Performance.”
Weiland’s time with Velvet Revolver was also successful and produced such hits as “Slither,” “Fall To Pieces,” “The Last Fight” and more. The band’s 2004 debut, “Contraband,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and sold nearly three million copies. Weiland died in 2015 at the age of 48 after a long struggle with substance abuse.
“There are few rock artists that had the impact that Scott Weiland did on music,” said Larry Mestel, CEO & Founder of Primary Wave Music. He goes on, “We are honored to partner with Scott’s family on such a legendary catalog of music and career. Scott’s influence on music is unparalleled and he remains one of the most influential musicians in rock music. We are extremely grateful the estate has chosen to partner with us to continue to grow his incredible legacy.”
“We believe that Primary Wave are the perfect partners to secure Scott’s legacy as one of the great front men in rock history. We look forward to working with Larry, Natalia, Adam, and their teams and believe that their ability to connect artists with culture will ensure that Scott’s impact will be felt for generations,” said Brian Harris Frank of Shelter Music Group and Dana Dufine of DBD Squared Entertainment who manage the Estate.
Natalia Nastaskin, Chief Content Officer at Primary Wave, added, “Scott is the original influencer. The stories behind his undeniably authentic lyrics, effervescent performances, impeccable fashion sense, and meteoric rise to stardom are a filmmaker’s dream. I’m thrilled to work with Scott’s family, as well as Dana and Brian, on expanding and extending Scott’s legacy through new compelling IP projects across film, television, and stage.”
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