Sony Music Publishing Extends Global Deal with Luke Bryan

Today, Sony Music Publishing announced it has renewed a global deal with award-winning country music superstar Luke Bryan. The four-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge is one of today’s most celebrated country music singer/songwriters with 26 career No. 1 singles, including 13 he co-wrote – among them “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day,” “Move,” “Fast,” “What Makes You Country” and more.

Luke has continued his winning momentum over the last year with his seventh studio album Born Here Live Here Die Here, which has garnered four back-to-back No. 1 songs – “Knockin’ Boots,” “What She Wants Tonight,” “Down To One,” and “One Margarita.”

Recently, Luke announced that he plans to release a deluxe version of Born Here Live Here Die Here on April 9, adding six new songs to the original 10 tracks. He broke the news to fans live on Facebook and played two of his new tunes, "Country Does" and “Waves.” The deluxe edition is available now for pre-order.

Luke said, “I’ve enjoyed many years with Sony Music Publishing and I’m happy to continue our partnership. Songwriters are the backbone of country music and being included in this category with arguably the biggest company in the business is unreal. I’m so thankful.”

Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston said, “I am personally so excited for Luke to extend his long-standing relationship with Sony Music Publishing Nashville. His songs are genuine enough to touch the heart of the individual listener and engaging enough to bring an entire stadium to its feet.”

Luke Bryan launched his music career as a songwriter. He first gained prominence after co-writing Billy Currington’s No. 1 single “Good Directions.” Soon to follow was Luke’s success as an artist with his breakthrough single “All My Friends Say,” from his debut album I’ll Stay Me.

Since his debut in 2009, Luke has become one of country music’s top artists, earning more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country act with 54.5 million. Luke has also tallied 14.6 Billion streams, sold 12.5 million albums, earned seven RIAA album certifications, as well as 22 Platinum singles and 12 Multi-Platinum singles.

He has also received numerous accolades and has won over 40 music awards in total, including seven ACM Awards, including its first-ever Album of the Decade award and two Entertainer of the Year awards; two CMA awards for Entertainer of the Year; seven CMT Music awards; five Billboard Music awards, four American Music awards, an NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year award; an iHeart and a Teen Choice award; and many more.

Sony Music Publishing (“SMP”) is the leading global music publisher, home to the world’s greatest songwriters and many of the most iconic songs ever written. Headquartered in New York with an international network of 38 offices, Sony Music Publishing supports the vision, artistry, and goals of its songwriters by amplifying opportunities, fostering collaboration, and defending their rights.   SMP represents classic catalogues including The Beatles, Queen, Motown, Carole King, Leiber & Stoller, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and The Rolling Stones, as well as contemporary superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris, Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, Gabby Barrett, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Luke Bryan, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Marc Anthony, Miranda Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Sara Bareilles, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Travis Scott and many more.  Sony Music Publishing is a part of Sony’s suite of powerful entertainment brands. Learn more about SMP here.