ZZ Top sells publishing rights and music catalog

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ZZ Top Sale Catalog

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ZZ Top has sold its publishing rights and catalog.

The ‘La Grange’ hitmakers – who have sold more than 50 million albums – have divested the assets to music company BMG and investment firm KKR to ensure their legacy will continue ‘for generations future”.

ZZ Top Director Carl Stubner said in a statement, “We are proud to continue working and expanding our long-standing relationship with BMG.

“This new agreement ensures that ZZ Top’s remarkable legacy will endure for generations to come.”

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch insisted the deal showed the company was “committed to respecting and cherishing” the group’s “artistic flair”.

He said, “This deal is a testament to the success, durability and continued musical relevance of ZZ Top, but also to the power of our partnership with KKR.

“This agreement reinforces our vision to provide artists and songwriters with not only a financial outlet, but also a vehicle committed to respecting and cherishing their artistry.”

KKR Partner Jenny Box added, “We are thrilled to invest in ZZ Top’s iconic music and look forward to working with BMG and ZZ Top to further amplify the reach of their catalog.”

This news comes after ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill passed away at the age of 72 in July, just weeks after he was forced to pull out of a number of shows across the US after being suffered a hip injury.

Teammates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard confirmed the news in a statement, which read, “We are saddened to learn today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, TX.

“We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your unwavering presence, good nature, and enduring commitment to providing this monumental background to ‘The Top.’

“We will forever be connected to this ‘Blues Shuffle in C’. We will miss you dearly, amigo.”

Dusty was a founding member of the rock band and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band in 2004.

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