SESAC Signs Global Superstar Adele

Multiple GRAMMY®-winning Artist Joins Nation’s Only Music Rights Organization

New York, New York, July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

GRAMMY® award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Adele, has moved to SESAC Performing Rights for representation in the United States, it was announced today by John Josephson, chairman and CEO, SESAC Holdings, Inc., the only Music Rights Organization in the U.S.

Adele, whose chart-topping singles include “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You,” “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Rumour Has It,” “Skyfall” and “Hello,” is the music industry’s top-selling artist of the decade.

"We are humbled and grateful to have been selected to represent Adele’s performing rights in the United States," said Josephson. "With each new release, she surpasses her own prior record of achievement and confirms her place as a global superstar in a category all her own.”

With the release of her multi-platinum debut album, ’19,’ in 2008, Adele earned 2 GRAMMY® Awards, including “Best New Artist.” Her second release, ’21,’ was named the 2012 GRAMMY® Album of the Year and sold an unprecedented 35 million copies, eclipsing all other sales records. Adele released her third studio album, ’25,’ in late 2015, which went straight to #1 in 100 countries around the world and became the only album to sell over 3 million copies in one week.  ‘25’ has gone on to sell more than 23 million copies worldwide, and has earned Adele five additional GRAMMY® Awards.

During her career, Adele has garnered more than 130 awards and received more than 250 nominations for some of the industry’s most prestigious honors to include the GRAMMY Awards®, Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, Billboard Awards, American Music Award, and Ivor Novello Awards, among others.  Adele just completed a multi-year international tour, and performed her finale in the U.K. at London’s Wembley Stadium.


About SESAC Holdings, Inc.:

SESAC Holdings is the only U.S.-based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical, and other rights. SESAC Holdings is unique in its ability to offer singular licenses for the works of its affiliated writers and publishers that aggregate both performance and mechanical rights in order to drive greater efficiency in licensing for music users, as well as enhanced value for music creators and publishers. Its businesses operate on a sophisticated information technology and data platform to provide timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. 

SESAC Holdings’ subsidiaries are some of the most well-known companies in music licensing and administration. SESAC Performing Rights is the second oldest and most progressive performing rights organization in the U.S.  SESAC Holdings’ acquisition of the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) accelerated its transition to a “multi-rights” organization with HFA’s deep publisher relations and mechanical licensing history. Following the HFA acquisition, SESAC's Rumblefish subsidiary was merged with HFA's Slingshot business unit under the Rumblefish brand. Rumblefish simplifies business for digital services, publishers, labels, artists and apps. Rumblefish's transparent composition and recording administration, data and royalty management, licensing and network monetization allow clients to focus on their core business. 

SESAC Holdings has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, London and Munich.



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