Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Metallica extends deal with Universal Music Publishing

Might as well keep a good thing going.

Music Week reports Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide agreement with Metallica to cover the band’s back catalogue and new material.

The publishing company first started representing the band in 1988, and the deal excludes North America and Japan.

“Metallica are one of the biggest selling bands of all time and have created a phenomenal body of work during the last three decades,“ said Universal Music Publishing President of Europe and UK Paul Connolly.

Metallica will be busy this summer with solo shows and Big 4 dates, but as far as new music is concerned, the band recently announced that they had just completed an album with Lou Reed.

“Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together,” Metallica announced. “Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months.”

“In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up [earlier this month].”

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Metallica – Ride The Lightning
Rock Am Ring – Nurburg, Germany – June 7, 2008

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