The American musician Huey Lewis, who fronts his band Huey Lewis & The News since 1979 sold, according to Variety, his entire songwriting catalog to Primary Wave for an estimated amount of 20 million dollars.
Some of their biggest hits are “Power Of Love”, “Hip To Be Square”, “Stuck With You” and “Do You Believe In Love”.
According to Variety, “Terms of the deal also include access to the publishing firm’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities and film & TV production.”
Primary Wave Music’s David Weitzman talked about the deal with Huey Lewis, saying:
“In the 1980’s, everyone heard Huey Lewis and the News’s many smashes on radio and saw their iconic & fun videos which appeared on MTV in endless rotation.”
“Their incredibly crafted songs still made me smile, remind me of that seemingly more innocent era, and make me want to sing along at the top of your lungs. Primary Wave look forward to working with Huey to create new opportunities for his storied song catalog into the future.”
John Luneau, Primary Wave Music’s Senior Counsel, also gave his comment on the deal, saying: “We’re honored to welcome the music of Huey Lewis and the News to Primary Wave. Our entire team is looking forward to working with them to generate new and exciting opportunities for their iconic catalog.”
Songwriting tips from Lewis
“Good songs can’t be conjured up. They have to come to you. You have to be a vessel through which these good ideas flow and just be receptive. You have to be listening. There’s no way to just say, “I’m going to go write a song right now and have it be a great song.” It’s all luck.
“Once you have the song, how it’s handled, how it wants to be recorded and produced, is an interesting thing. Because it’s very easy to hear a great song in your head and then lose it while you’re trying to record it. The key is to try to stay true to that song. Let the song kind of dictate how it wants to be produced, how it wants to sound,” Huey Lewis said.