Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, a division of SME, have entered into an historic new agreement with Blackheart Records, the groundbreaking American music label founded in 1980 by rock icon Joan Jett, legendary songwriter/producer Kenny Laguna and Meryl Laguna. The new SME/Legacy/Blackheart pact covers the worldwide rights to Joan Jett’s recorded music catalog, including indelible classics and global hits such as “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Crimson And Clover”, “Bad Reputation”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)” and more.
Legacy Recordings is making a variety of Joan Jett titles available for the first time on streaming services and digital service providers today, September 7. The first wave of Legacy’s Blackheart Records releases includes Jett’s studio classics “Bad Reputation”, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth”, “Sinner”, “Pure And Simple” and “Unvarnished”; the compilation albums “Flashback”, “Fetish” and “Greatest Hits”; and special editions of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll 33 1/3 Anniversary” and “Joan Jett – The First Sessions”. These new releases join Joan’s four SME catalog titles already online — “Good Music”, “Up Your Alley”, “The Hit List” and “Notorious”.
Under the terms of this historic new agreement, the entire Joan Jett catalog — singles, albums, music videos, concert films, etc. — will be available under the SME/Legacy umbrella and released in digital and physical formats.
As part of this unique partnership with Blackheart Records, The Thread Shop, Sony Music Entertainment’s in-house merchandising company, will administer Joan Jett’s exclusive merchandising rights, retail licensing and e-commerce on a worldwide basis.
Carianne Brinkman, vice president, Blackheart Records, said: “Blackheart is excited to be working with Sony Legacy, particularly as we enter into the streaming space with the Blackheart Records catalog, including the Joan Jett And The Blackhearts catalog in its entirety. They are the best at what they do and understand the brands and artists they work with. We feel it is the perfect partnership.”
“The music of Joan Jett — raw, real and uncompromising — has been an essential part of the pop culture landscape across four decades,” said Richard Story, president, SME Commercial Music Group. “Sony Music and Legacy Recordings are both honored and thrilled to be part of the Joan Jett saga and look forward to bringing her music and attitude to future rockers.”