Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing deal with UK rap star and songwriter Wretch 32.
The agreement covers future works, plus his “influential” back catalog, says the company.
Wretch 32 gained mainstream attention in 2011 with his single Traktor from his second studio album Black and White.
The track charted at No.5 in the UK Singles Chart, while the album charted at No.4 and produced the No.2 single Unorthodox and the chart topping Don’t Go.
He has since gone on to release three more albums, including the Top 5 Growing Over Life, and two more Top 10 hits.
Wretch 32 released his debut studio album Wretchrospective in 2008, which featured names such as Chip, Ghetts, Scorcher, Tinie and Wiley.
In 2010, Wretch 32 was named as one of the nominees for BBC‘s Sound of 2011.
In 2011, he released Traktor, which featured artists such as Angel, Ed Sheeran, Example and Josh Kumra.
In 2012, Wretch won Best International Artist at the BET Awards and led a national TV and advertising campaign with Adidas for the London 2012 Olympics.
In 2014, he released 6 Words, which has received over 20 million Spotify streams, from the album Growing Over Life.
The record was released in 2016 and debuted at No.5 in the Albums Chart.
He has since released two more albums, 2017’s FR32 and 2019’s Upon Reflection. Earlier this year he released the EP little BIG Man.
In December 2020 Wretch 32 was appointed Creative Director of 0207 Def Jam, the recently-launched frontline Universal Music UK label headed up by Twin brothers Alec and Alex Boateng.
“When speaking to Shani and Amber (Davis) I knew my songs would be in the right hands.”
Wretch 32 said: “I’m delighted to sign with Warner Chappell and have them look after my catalog and future music.
When speaking to Shani and Amber (Davis) I knew my songs would be in the right hands.
I’m excited for the fans to hear the new music I’ve been working on, which I can hopefully share with you soon.”
“Wretch is a true legend in the UK scene.”
Shani Gonzales, Warner Chappell Music UK
Shani Gonzales, Managing Director, Warner Chappell Music UK & Head of International A&R, Warner Chappell Music, added: “Wretch is a true legend in the UK scene and it’s his songwriting and lyricism that has set him apart for so long.
“He has an incredible catalog which we’re honoured to be looking after and the new music he’s working on is sounding amazing.
“It’s also really great to see him embark on a new chapter of his career and act as a mentor to a new generation of up and coming artists – something that the British music industry will only benefit from.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome him into the Chappell family.”Music Business Worldwide