Dickinson Wright Music Row Attorneys Close Luke Laird/Universal Music Group Partial Catalog Sale and Administration Agreement

April 16, 2015
The Music Row office of Dickinson Wright has announced that the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice Group recently closed the partial catalog sale between Universal Music Group and long-time client Luke Laird, as well as a “go-forward” administration deal with Laird.

The transaction includes the partial acquisition of Laird’s song catalog, which consists of many No. 1 Billboard Airplay songs. Some of the hits include:

• “American Kids” by Kenny Chesney
• “1994” by Jason Aldean
• “Damn You Seventeen” and “Downtown” by Lady Antebellum
• “Day Drinking” by Little Big Town
• “Party People” by Florida Georgia Line
• “Sunshine and Whiskey” by Frankie Ballard
• “Talladega” and “Give Me Back My Hometown” by Eric Church
• “I See You” by Luke Bryan
• “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” by Tim McGraw
• “Radio” by Darius Rucker
• “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” by Miranda Lambert, featuring Little Big Town

Luke Laird reached the number one spot on the country songwriter charts five times this year and was recently named 2015 ACM Songwriter of the Year. In 2012, Laird won the BMI Songwriter of the Year Award for most airplay of any other BMI country writer that year. He also recently won a Grammy Award for producing Kacey Musgraves’ first break-out album, “Same Trailer Different Park”. Laird’s current discography includes 16 Billboard No. 1 singles and numerous other country music hits.

Dickinson Wright Music Row attorneys Derek Crownover, Austen Adams, Cam Caldwell and Nate Drake represented Luke Laird in the transaction. Evan Lamberg (CEO), David Kokakis (Head of Business Affairs) and Kent Earls (Executive Vice President of Nashville Operations) were on the Universal Music Group closing team. Dickinson Wright Partner and Entertainment Law Practice Group Leader Derek Crownover has worked with Laird since 2003 and Creative Nation since its inception.

“Luke Laird has been writing and producing the best of modern-day country music without leaving his roots or country music behind,” said Derek Crownover. “We are pleased that we were all able to keep this good roll going between Luke and Universal for some years to come. Evan Lamberg, David Dukakis and Kent Earls were tireless dealmakers who see Luke’s value now and in the future.”