Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a deal to represent the catalog of legendary singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.
The agreement takes in songs from across Parton’s entire career, including I Will Always Love You, 9 to 5, country No.1 hits such as Jolene, Love Is Like A Butterfly, Two Doors Down and newly-written compositions.
The deal covers North America and territories not covered by existing sub-publishing arrangements.
Parton first found success as a songwriter with two songs she wrote with her uncle Bill Owens, which became Top 10 hits for country singer Bill Phillips.
Parton has had 25 Billboard country No.1 hits, more than 50 Top 10 country songs and a record 44 Top 10 country albums.
Many of her hits were self-composed, including the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper 9 to 5, Joshua, Jolene, Love Is Like A Butterfly, The Bargain Store, Two Doors Down, Coat Of Many Colors and Do I Ever Cross Your Mind.
Her classic song I Will Always Love You reached No.1 on two separate occasions for Parton before being recorded by Whitney Houston for the film The Bodyguard.
Houston’s version became the biggest-selling single by a female artist of all time as it topped charts around the world, including 14 weeks at No.1 in the United States.
Parton has won numerous awards during her career including 10 Country Music Association awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and eight GRAMMY Awards, including Best Country Song for 9 to 5, the title song of the motion picture in which she co-starred.
The track 9 to 5 was also nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe, while a musical based on the film and featuring her songs opened in Los Angeles in 2008 and has gone on to be performed around the world.
She has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, which also honored her with the Johnny Mercer Award, given to an individual songwriter or songwriting team for having established a history of outstanding creative works.
Parton became the first country star to be recognized as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy Week lsat month.
“Dolly Parton is a true musical icon and we are unbelievably excited to get the chance to work with her again.”
Martin Bandier, Sony/ATV
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: “Dolly Parton is a true musical icon and we are unbelievably excited to get the chance to work with her again.
“Her importance, influence and legacy as a recording artist is recognized the world over, but more than anything she stands out as an exceptional songwriter with a peerless catalog of songs, which we are honored to represent.”
“[Sony/ATV] know my catalog and they know me. Get ready, you’re going to be hearing a lot more from me!”
Dolly Parton said: “I am very excited to be working with Sony/ATV. They know my catalog and they know me. Get ready, you’re going to be hearing a lot more from me!”
Dolly Parton manager Danny Nozell, CEO, CTK Management, said: “With so many years of Dolly’s career being under Sony, we feel this is a great home for Dolly’s publishing administration and we’re looking forward to the partnership.”
Pictured [Left to Right]: Troy Tomlinson (Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO), Bruce Scavuzzo (Sony/ATV SVP, Business & Legal Affairs), Danny Nozell (CTK Management CEO), Dolly Parton, Martin Bandier (Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO) and Brian Monaco (Sony/ATV President, Global Chief Marketing Officer).Music Business Worldwide