RESERVOIR ACQUIRES U.K. PUBLISHER REVERB MUSIC
Reservoir is proud to announce the acquisition of leading U.K.-based independent music publisher, Reverb Music. The deal covers the entire Reverb operation, including its catalog of over 30,000 copyrights and agreements with over one hundred songwriters. Reservoir President Golnar Khosrowshahi confirmed that Reverb Managing Director, Annette Barrett, will remain on board as the head of the London office and European operations, which will continue under the Reverb name and brand for the foreseeable future.
“The acquisition of Reverb Music builds on Reservoir’s already robust infrastructure by adding an administrative and creative presence for our company and our songwriters in the United Kingdom,” says Reservoir Executive Vice President Rell Lafargue. “I look forward to integrating the Reverb catalog and welcoming the team, as well as a host of incredibly talented songwriters.” Among Reverb’s key songwriters are BMI Award winner Jamie Hartman (The Wanted, Joss Stone), writer-producer John Fortis (Ellie Goulding, Prodigy), musical director and touring keyboardist for Depeche Mode, Peter Gordeno (U2, George Michael, Seal) and Italian writer-producer Matteo Saggese (IL Divo, Zucchero , Adrianno Celantano).
Annette Barrett brings thirty years of music publishing experience to the arrangement, including executive roles at Virgin Music and Warner Chappell Music UK. Her credentials include working alongside musical greats such as George Michael, Elton John, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Prince, Sting, Madonna, and The Police. Since joining Reverb in 2001, Barrett has been instrumental in building a diverse catalog of hits, which includes Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta Get Thru This,” Apollo 440’s “Stop The Rock,” Jessie J’s “Stand Up,” 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.,” Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer,” and Rihanna’s “Man Down,” as well as the themes to the internationally aired X Factor and Got Talent television series.
Barrett comments, “I am thrilled to forge this new relationship with Reservoir and carry on the Reverb legacy. To be able to continue to build on the strong foundations of the catalog and current roster created with the support and resources of Reservoir is ideal”.