Bug Music Snatches Up Paul Westerberg

Paul Westerberg_credit Marc Norberg

From the press release:

Bug Music Publishing, the largest independent contemporary music publisher in the world, has signed a new publishing deal with Paul Westerberg, solo artist, songwriter and front man of the seminal alt-rock group The Replacements, it was announced today by Bug Music CEO John Rudolph.

Under the terms of the deal, Bug Music and Westerberg have entered into a publishing agreement encompassing Westerberg’s recordings with The Replacements, solo works and future recordings.

“We look forward to working with Paul’s Replacements and solo catalogs,” said Eddie Gomez, Sr. VP of Creative Services, Bug Music. “Paul is a major link in a respected chain of modern songwriters and his songwriting continues to resonate and influence a whole new generation of listeners.”

“To be a musician, performer, and songwriter is a juggling act,” said Westerberg. “Throw in the bowling ball of publisher and it becomes downright work. The good people at Bug Music – I hear only of their imagination and proficiency – have stepped in to facilitate with Dry Wood, Elegant Mule, and Nah Music, leaving me free to augment my juggling feat with the flaming chain saw of snooker.”

Forming The Replacements in the early 80s, Westerberg and the group quickly became critic’s darlings releasing seven albums on the Twin/Tone and Sire record labels. To this day, they are hailed as one of the most influential acts of the alt-rock scene. Disbanding The Replacements in 1991, Westerberg continued on as a solo artist. Notably known for his musical contributions to the cult-classic film “Singles,” Westerberg’s music has been featured in nearly a dozen movies and soundtracks. Over the years, Westerberg would also go on to release a string of solo albums; “14 Songs,” “Eventually,” “Suicaine Gratification,” as well as the acclaimed return-to-form double album “Mono/Stereo,” followed by “Come Feel Me Tremble,” “Folker” and most recently the “Open Season” soundtrack and “49:00.”

About Bug Music:

Boasting over 250,000 copyrights including the classics “What a Wonderful World,” “Fever” and “Happy Together,” as well as hit songs from such musical luminaries as Johnny Cash, Pete Townshend, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt and Stevie Ray Vaughan to contemporary hit makers Three Six Mafia, Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood, Trace Atkins), Kara DioGuardi (Pink, Jonas Brothers, Celine Dion), Iggy Pop, Bruno Mars, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon and Wilco, Bug Music’s reputation, across its eight offices in the US and Europe, as a writer/artist-oriented music company and trusted counsel of legendary estates and current artists is unrivaled.