Kendrick Lamar has inked a publishing deal with Broadcast Music, Inc. to represent his music catalog worldwide. The Hip Hop superstar has agreed to a long-term pact with the performing rights organization, which boasts a roster of more than 900,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Mike Steinberg, BMI’s EVP of Creative & Licensing, spoke about the organization’s new partnership with Lamar in a press statement issued on Monday (April 29).
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kendrick to the BMI family and expand our great working relationship with Top Dawg Entertainment and its incredibly talented roster,” Steinberg said. “Kendrick’s gift for writing and performing such stunningly impactful music has solidified his stature among the world’s greatest artists and, without a doubt, as a major force in our industry for many years to come. We’re honored that he has chosen BMI to represent his creative works.”
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We are thrilled to welcome @kendricklamar to our #BMIFamily! A global sensation, #KendrickLamar made his major-label debut in 2012 with good kid, m.A.A.d city and quickly rose to fame with 1.72 million in album sales. His 2015 follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly, and his critically-acclaimed 2017 album, DAMN., also reached platinum status. DAMN. debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2017, and in 2018, Lamar made history when it earned him a groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize, making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to receive the coveted honor. Throughout his career, Lamar has also received 13 GRAMMY Awards and 37 nominations (including a GRAMMY win at this year’s ceremony in the Best Rap Performance category for “King’s Dead”), as well as six Billboard Music Awards, and many other honors.
Lamar was previously signed to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. He now joins fellow TDE artists SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad and Lance Skiiiwalker — as well as his label’s CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith — at BMI.
Other notable Hip Hop and R&B acts represented by BMI include Rihanna, Post Malone and Khalid.