Sony Music Publishing Signs Danger Mouse to Global Deal

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Sony Music Publishing U.K. today announced the signing of GRAMMY award-winning artist, songwriter, producer, and composer Danger Mouse to a worldwide publishing agreement.



Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, is widely recognized as one of music’s most significant and versatile artists. His projects have spanned across a diverse range of styles – from the groundbreaking pop/hip-hop fusion of Gnarls Barkley, including the 2006 smash hit “Crazy” and GRAMMY-winning album St. Elsewhere – to his renowned indie duo Broken Bells and their self-titled gold-certified debut, featuring “The High Road” and “The Ghost Inside.”

In the last several years, Danger Mouse has directed his focus toward his work as a producer, where he has continued to transcend genres and expand his global reach. He quickly amassed an expansive list of collaborators including Beck, Gorillaz, the Black Keys, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A$AP Rocky, Norah Jones and Adele, whose 2017 album 25 earned him another GRAMMY award. Among his many accolades, he has achieved twenty-four GRAMMY nominations, six GRAMMY wins, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe win for Best Original Song.

Recently, Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer announced the revival of their duo Broken Bells with a new song “We’re Not in Orbit Yet…” from their upcoming album Into The Blue. Danger Mouse also announced a new collaborative album with The Roots’ Black Thought entitled Cheat Codes, featuring new singles “Aquamarine” with Michael Kiwanuka, “Because” with Joey Bada$$, Russ, and Dylan Cartlidge, as well as “No Gold Teeth.” Set for release on August 12, the album also includes appearances by Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Conway the Machine, and the late MF Doom.

Jon Platt, Sony Music Publishing Chairman & CEO said, “Danger Mouse is not only a brilliant songwriter, but a true innovator who pushes creative boundaries and challenges listeners to think outside the box. We look forward to working alongside Brian and his team in this new phase of his career.”

David Ventura, President & Co-Managing Director, U.K., SVP International, Sony Music Publishing said, “Brian is a living legend, and one of the most pioneering songwriters and producers of this century. It is a real honour for all of us at SMP to have this unique chance to be working with him and Jeff his manager. We are not only thrilled to be representing some of his most prestigious songs, many of which recognised by the Grammys, but we are also opening a new relationship towards the future. From his own projects to artists collaborations or even soundtracks, the opportunities with a genius like Danger Mouse are limitless, and it is with the biggest smile I say that this is a dream come true!”

“We are beyond delighted to be working with Danger Mouse. Through his artist projects, production and songwriting he has proven himself as one of the great collaborators of our time. By working across his esteemed catalogue – and looking forward to what will be a tremendously exciting period of his career – we want to help him build upon the legendary status he has earned so far. I’d like to thank Brian and his team for putting their trust in Sony Music Publishing,” said Alex Sheridan, Catalogue, U.K, Sony Music Publishing.

Burton’s first worldwide cultural takeover was the boundary-breaking 2004 release of The Grey Album, which became Entertainment Weekly’s No. 1 album of 2004, won the 2005 WIRED Rave Award, and placed Burton among GQ’s Men of the Year. He went on to form Gnarls Barkley with CeeLo Green, which led to chart-topping albums St. Elsewhere in 2006 and The Odd Couple in 2008. In 2009, Danger Mouse joined forces with James Mercer of The Shins as Broken Bells, known for their GRAMMY-nominated self-titled debut EP Meyrin Fields, and second album After the Disco. 

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