Clicky

Primary Wave

Primary Wave Official page of the leading independent publisher Primary Wave Music of iconic + legendary music. One of the most dynamic independent publishing and talent management companies in the world, Primary Wave Music is home to some of the most iconic songwriters and artists across the history of recorded music including Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Burt Bacharach, Prince, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Count Basie, Sly & The Family Stone, Boston, Alice Cooper, Paul Anka, Boy George, Steve Cropper, Glenn Gould, Air Supply, and many more.

Throughout the company’s 14-year existence, Primary Wave Music has embraced an entrepreneurial spirit, offering and executing proactive one-of-a-kind ideas, unique services and marketing campaigns for our artists. Primary Wave has earned a stellar reputation for being forward thinking and re-introducing classic artists and their music into the modern marketplace as well as nurturing young talent t

Throughout the company’s 14-year existence, Primary Wave Music has embraced an entrepreneurial spirit, offering and executing proactive one-of-a-kind ideas, unique services and marketing campaigns for our artists. Primary Wave has earned a stellar reputation for being forward thinking and re-introducing classic artists and their music into the modern marketplace as well as nurturing young talent t

Operating as usual

TONIGHT - Catch Melissa Etheridge performing on the American Idol finale! Be sure to tune in to ABC or stream on Hulu - ...
05/22/2022

TONIGHT - Catch Melissa Etheridge performing on the American Idol finale! Be sure to tune in to ABC or stream on Hulu - you won't want to miss it! 🎤

Enjoy this week’s latest releases for this #NewMusicFriday 🎵 Catch it in our playlist: bit.ly/PWNewWave Def Leppard - “F...
05/20/2022

Enjoy this week’s latest releases for this #NewMusicFriday 🎵
Catch it in our playlist: bit.ly/PWNewWave

Def Leppard - “Fire It Up”
THEY. - “Blu moon”
Moore Kismet – “Wasteland” (Carlie Hanson)
Madonna, Sickick - “Frozen on Fire” (Patrick Leonard)
NIIKO X SWAE - “Save Me” (Georgia Ku)
Anthony Watts & Anthony Russo - “Tangerine” (Tone Jones)
Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love - Mono (Sun Records 70th / Remastered 2022)

05/14/2022
Welcome to Sun Records!

Welcome to Sun Records 🤩 Primary Wave & Virgin Records teams visiting the #sunrecords Office! 🤘

05/11/2022
Welcoming Bob Dylan’s share of The Traveling Wilburys to Primary Wave Music Publishing

We're thrilled to announce that Bob Dylan’s share of The Traveling Wilburys is the latest addition to our Music Catalog!

“To acquire even a small portion of Bob Dylan’s work as part of Traveling Wilburys is exciting to say the least. We’re honored to add this bit of history to our growing music catalog.”
-Samantha Rhulen, VP, Business & Legal Affairs

#PrimaryWave #travelingwilburys #BobDylan #MusicPublishing #primarywave

We had a great songwriting camp this past Friday with Phil Collen from Def Leppard ! Our producers, songwriters, and art...
05/09/2022

We had a great songwriting camp this past Friday with Phil Collen from Def Leppard ! Our producers, songwriters, and artists took a deep dive into the Def Leppard catalog - stay tuned to hear what they're cooking 😎

Legendary songwriter and musician Holly Knight 2013 Inductee Songwriter Hall of Fame's memoir about her music career, I ...
05/05/2022

Legendary songwriter and musician Holly Knight 2013 Inductee Songwriter Hall of Fame's memoir about her music career, I Am the Warrior: My Crazy Life Writing the Hits and Rocking the MTV Eighties, is now available for pre-sale!

Holly Knight’s singular music career included crafting a good part of the soundtrack to the MTV eighties with mega-hits for Tina Turner (“The Best”), Pat Benatar (“Love Is A Battlefield”), and Patty Smyth (“The Warrior”)—songs that celebrated female empowerment and shaped pop and rock for years to come.

Pre-order:
Amazon: http://permuted.to/1637584393
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-am-the-warrior-holly-knight/1141364654;jsessionid=17F485BB6BF5E95FB78ACFF759D949BC.prodny_store01-atgap17?ean=9781637584392

Congratulations to JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022! Jimmy Ja...
05/04/2022

Congratulations to JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022! Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are being honored with the 2022 Musical Excellence Award, which is given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music.

Read Jam & Lewis’ response to their induction below

Learn more: https://www.rockhall.com/jimmy-jam-terry-lewis

We are overjoyed to announce that we have been elected to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022. There was a time when we were just two scrappy kids from Minneapolis, who loved music and wanted to share it with the world. Knowing now that this is where we’d end up is, to say the least, incredible. Thank you so much to the voters, everyone at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and of course the fans, without whom none of this would be possible. #RockHall2022 #MusicIsTheDivineArt #FlyteTyme40

The KING Smokey Robinson at Stagecoach Festival this weekend 😍Watch the full performance on YouTube 🎶 #smokeyrobinson #s...
05/02/2022

The KING Smokey Robinson at Stagecoach Festival this weekend 😍

Watch the full performance on YouTube 🎶

#smokeyrobinson #stagecoach

Last week, our very own Leo Sayer  was the latest guest on the Lefsetz Podcast!"We chart Leo Sayer‘s career from graphic...
05/01/2022

Last week, our very own Leo Sayer was the latest guest on the Lefsetz Podcast!

"We chart Leo Sayer‘s career from graphic designer to nervous breakdown to John Lennon to Roger Daltrey to Pierrot to Richard Perry to being ripped-off to moving to Australia to… Leo Sayer is a raconteur and a true artist who is still creating, you’ll love hearing his story."

Listen to the podcast on Spotify , Apple Music , or iHeartRadio !

Congratulations to our very own Clive Black and Justin Dowling for being named two of Billboard’s 2022 International Pow...
04/30/2022

Congratulations to our very own Clive Black and Justin Dowling for being named two of Billboard’s 2022 International Power Players!

“The increased internationalization of Primary Wave … has enabled so many partnerships and acquisitions to complete this year by way of harmonious synergy across time zones. Such [achievements] can only happen through will, determination and a united team pulling in the same direction guided by inspirational leadership.”
-Dowling

Read more on Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/billboard-international-power-players-list-2021-9561885/

Happy International Jazz Day! Get in the mood with our “Jazz Feeling” Playlist featuring Count Basie, Frankie Valli, and...
04/30/2022

Happy International Jazz Day! Get in the mood with our “Jazz Feeling” Playlist featuring Count Basie, Frankie Valli, and many more on Spotify! 🎶

▶︎ https://tinyurl.com/2p8asd8c

Don’t you wanna dance? 🎶 Whitney Houston, the greatest voice, has an even greater story. I Wanna Dance With Somebody is ...
04/29/2022

Don’t you wanna dance? 🎶 Whitney Houston, the greatest voice, has an even greater story. I Wanna Dance With Somebody is exclusively in movie theaters December.

Just in time for #InternationalDanceDay - celebrating the legacy of Whitney Houston with I Wanna Dance with Somebody 🙏

#IWannaDanceMovie

04/27/2022
Primary Wave Welcomes David Malloy

“We are excited to welcome David Malloy and his incredible catalog to the Primary Wave family. Malloy’s track record of awards and accolades speaks for itself, from Grammy nominations to multi-platinum hits, and we are honored to continue the legacy.”
-Lexi Todd, Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Primary Wave.

#PrimaryWave #DavidMalloy #MusicPublishing

It’s Record Store Day 🎶💥Head out to your favorite indie record store and pick up some Devo & Sun Records releases!
04/23/2022

It’s Record Store Day 🎶💥
Head out to your favorite indie record store and pick up some Devo & Sun Records releases!

Yesterday, Cypress Hill celebrated 4/20 in style:🍃 The Cypress Hill documentary “Insane In The Brain”premiered on Showti...
04/21/2022

Yesterday, Cypress Hill celebrated 4/20 in style:

🍃 The Cypress Hill documentary “Insane In The Brain”premiered on Showtime Networks. Director Estevan Oriol uncovers a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage to tell the unique, smoke-filled story of the almighty Cypress Hill.

🍃 Cypress Hill’s second #NFT collection with Unblocked officially dropped! Build your collection get access to signed merch, pre-released music, and more! inrhthm.com/store. 🔥

04/20/2022

Remembering Luther Vandross

04/20/2022
Primary Wave Welcomes Even Stevens

In case you missed it - Primary Wave is privileged to welcome songwriter Even Stevens to our music publishing family!

“It is a privilege to welcome Even Stevens and his catalogs of incredible songs to the Primary Wave family. Stevens is the epitome of pop-crossover smash success with his songs for the iconic Eddie Rabbit, as well as an award-winning staple in the Country Music songwriting community.” -Lexi Todd, Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Primary Wave

This past weekend, we celebrated Henry Mancini's legacy on what would have been his 98th birthday with a special curated...
04/18/2022

This past weekend, we celebrated Henry Mancini's legacy on what would have been his 98th birthday with a special curated playlist of his works, including your favorites such as “Pink Panther Theme,” “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Charade,” and more!

Listen: https://found.ee/98GreatestWorks

04/14/2022
Put Your Records On - ASCAP Awards

CONGRATULATIONS on the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) #ASCAPAwards for "Put Your Records On"!

Ritt Momney congratulates #PutYourRecordsOn co-writers John Beck and Steve Chrisanthou on their ASCAP Awards win. Ritt hit it big in 2021 w/ his cover of the Corinne Bailey Rae classic!

04/13/2022
Think Break - James Brown Sample

Stop scrolling and have a little think break... What's the first song that comes to your mind when you hear this sample written by James Brown? 👇

Via @depthsofwikipedia / WhoSampled [on Instagram]

Calling all PASSIONATE music lovers + music industry professionals! 🚨 We're looking for our next great summer interns!Wa...
04/11/2022

Calling all PASSIONATE music lovers + music industry professionals! 🚨 We're looking for our next great summer interns!

Want to work with some of the most legendary music catalogs, learn the ins & outs of the business, and receive college credit? Apply to one of our Summer 2022 internships ✨

More info & applications → PrimaryWave.com/careers 🤘

Seeking interns for the following departments:
👉Digital Marketing
👉Brand Partnerships
👉Graphic Design
👉Streaming & Playlisting
👉Management (LA only)
👉Finance and Royalties
👉Content Development
👉Publicity

04/09/2022
Boyz II Men - Bracket Challenge

In case you missed it - Boyz II Men recently launched a song bracket challenge, with their classic tunes battling head-to-head powered by fan votes! Shawn Stockman was invited to ESPN's Basketball Bonanza - check out what he had to say here!

What's your favorite #BoyzIIMen song? Drop them in the comments! 👇

04/08/2022
Primary Wave New Music Friday - April 8

Enjoy this beautiful spring weekend with the latest tunes from #PrimaryWave artists for today's #NewMusicFriday!
Listen to all the tunes in our playlist- bit.ly/PWNewWave

“Bloom Indigo” - Hollis Feat. Dresage

“High” (album)- Caitlyn Smith (Co-written by Jenn Decilveo)

“Strength” (album)- Bryce Fox

“Heartbreak Station”- Jocelyn Alice

“Piano Renditions of Disturbed” (album)- Rock Me Gently (via Emerald Wave)

“Hawaiian Gold” (album)- Tennessee Guitars (via Sun Records)

“The Sidewinder” - Todd Bradley (via Hi-Tide Recordings)

“Heart of Glass” - The Sufrajettes (via Hi-Tide Recordings)

“Pale Moonlight” - The Jazztronauts (via Hi-Tide Recordings)

04/02/2022
Happy Birthday Larry Mestel!

Join us along with Melissa Etheridge , SKID ROW , Jefferson Starship , and Paul Anka in wishing a very HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY to our CEO, Founder, and fearless leader - Larry Mestel!

We’re grateful for all your hard work, innovation, and dedication to the music industry and to the Primary Wave team! Happy birthday, and to many more 🎉🥳🎂🎊🎈🎁

04/01/2022
New Music Friday - April 1

Happy April Fools! We don’t have any tricks for you, but we do have a brand new #NewMusicFriday!

Find the latest #PrimaryWave tunes in our playlist - bit.ly/PWNewWave 🎵

“Microdose” - Kiiara
“The Finger” - Gabry Ponte ft. Georgia Ku
“Magazines” - Slimdan (produced by Ryan Linvill)
“Frozen” Remix - Sickick Music, Madonna, 070 Shake (co-written & produced by Patrick Leonard)
“Physical: Hope” Album - Olivia Newton-John
“Il Cavaliere” - Shorty’s Swingin’ Coconuts (via Hi Tide)
“Mad About You” Album - Televisionaries (via Hi Tide)
“Michaela” - GRL BUNNY

03/31/2022
Primary Wave - Women's History Month

Wrapping up #WomensHistoryMonth with a few listening, watching, and reading recommendations featuring legendary Primary Wave artists + songs by Stevie Nicks , Olivia Newton-John , Anita Baker, and Aretha Franklin .

Let us know your favorite female-identifying artists in the comments! 🤘

03/30/2022
Singer-Songwriter KT Tunstall Answers Questions and Shares Advice | Primary Wave Writers Series

Primary Writers Series, Episode 6: KT Tunstall 🤘

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is a Grammy-nominated, BRIT Award-winning multi-instrumentalist icon. Known for her signature loop pedal style, mastery of the acoustic guitar, strong vocal delivery, and catchy melodic hooks, KT’s hits include “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”, “Suddenly I See”, “Other Side of the World”, and more. KT launched into the international spotlight with a memorable TV performance of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”, which went on to debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts, ultimately reaching the Top 20. KT has been writing, singing, and performing hits ever since.

Watch KT’s Primary Writers interview for a glimpse into her history, her advice, and her future!

#womenshistorymonth #primarywave #KTTunstall

Address

116 E 16th St, Fl 9
New York, NY
10003

Telephone

(212) 661-6990

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Primary Wave posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Primary Wave:

Videos

Our Story

Music Publishing + Talent Management + Digital & Brand Marketing Agency. NY: 116 E. 16th Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10003 LA: 10850 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #600 Los Angeles, CA 90024

Nearby media companies


Other New York media companies

Show All

Comments

TONIGHT - Catch Melissa Etheridge performing on the American Idol finale! Be sure to tune in to ABC or stream on Hulu - you won't want to miss it! 🎤
Enjoy this week’s latest releases for this #NewMusicFriday 🎵 Catch it in our playlist: bit.ly/PWNewWave Def Leppard - “Fire It Up” THEY. - “Blu moon” Moore Kismet – “Wasteland” (Carlie Hanson) Madonna, Sickick - “Frozen on Fire” (Patrick Leonard) NIIKO X SWAE - “Save Me” (Georgia Ku) Anthony Watts & Anthony Russo - “Tangerine” (Tone Jones) Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love - Mono (Sun Records 70th / Remastered 2022)
Welcome to Sun Records 🤩 Primary Wave & Virgin Records teams visiting the #sunrecords Office! 🤘
Friday the 13th is not so scary when it’s also New Music Friday 😎 As always, find the latest #PrimaryWave tunes in our playlist in our playlist: bit.ly/PWNewWave 🎵 “Mirror” & “Auntie Diaries” - Kendrick Lamar new album “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” – (Co-written by TheDonuts ) “Rock Me Gently - The Moody Blues” - Emeraldwave “Only Love” – MEG MAC (produced and co-written by The Donuts) “Kill the Switch” – Addison Grace (co-written by Ryan Linvill)
Join us in wishing the legendary Burt Bacharach a very happy 94th birthday! 🤩
We're thrilled to announce that Bob Dylan’s share of The Traveling Wilburys is the latest addition to our Music Catalog! “To acquire even a small portion of Bob Dylan’s work as part of Traveling Wilburys is exciting to say the least. We’re honored to add this bit of history to our growing music catalog.” -Samantha Rhulen, VP, Business & Legal Affairs #PrimaryWave #travelingwilburys #BobDylan #MusicPublishing #primarywave
We had a great songwriting camp this past Friday with Phil Collen from Def Leppard ! Our producers, songwriters, and artists took a deep dive into the Def Leppard catalog - stay tuned to hear what they're cooking 😎
Legendary songwriter and musician Holly Knight 2013 Inductee Songwriter Hall of Fame's memoir about her music career, I Am the Warrior: My Crazy Life Writing the Hits and Rocking the MTV Eighties, is now available for pre-sale! Holly Knight’s singular music career included crafting a good part of the soundtrack to the MTV eighties with mega-hits for Tina Turner (“The Best”), Pat Benatar (“Love Is A Battlefield”), and Patty Smyth (“The Warrior”)—songs that celebrated female empowerment and shaped pop and rock for years to come. Pre-order: Amazon: http://permuted.to/1637584393 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-am-the-warrior-holly-knight/1141364654;jsessionid=17F485BB6BF5E95FB78ACFF759D949BC.prodny_store01-atgap17?ean=9781637584392
Congratulations to JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022! Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are being honored with the 2022 Musical Excellence Award, which is given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music. Read Jam & Lewis’ response to their induction below Learn more: https://www.rockhall.com/jimmy-jam-terry-lewis
The KING Smokey Robinson at Stagecoach Festival this weekend 😍 Watch the full performance on YouTube 🎶 #smokeyrobinson #stagecoach
Last week, our very own Leo Sayer was the latest guest on the Lefsetz Podcast! "We chart Leo Sayer‘s career from graphic designer to nervous breakdown to John Lennon to Roger Daltrey to Pierrot to Richard Perry to being ripped-off to moving to Australia to… Leo Sayer is a raconteur and a true artist who is still creating, you’ll love hearing his story." Listen to the podcast on Spotify , Apple Music , or iHeartRadio !
Congratulations to our very own Clive Black and Justin Dowling for being named two of Billboard’s 2022 International Power Players! “The increased internationalization of Primary Wave … has enabled so many partnerships and acquisitions to complete this year by way of harmonious synergy across time zones. Such [achievements] can only happen through will, determination and a united team pulling in the same direction guided by inspirational leadership.” -Dowling Read more on Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/billboard-international-power-players-list-2021-9561885/