Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Sells 50% Interest In His Song Catalog To Reach Music

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has sold a 50% interest in his song catolog to Reach Music. The deal includes songwriting credits from nearly 200 songs with Judas Priest as well as his solo albums “Baptizm Of Fire” and “Edge of the World.”

Michael Closter, president and owner of Reach Music, said the following:

“I’m ecstatic to be in business with Glenn Tipton — a metal legend, guitar icon and elite songwriter who has written works that will always be known, relevant and rediscovered. I particularly want to thank Jayne Andrews, the manager for Judas Priest. She gave me this opportunity, and the deal would not have happened without her support.”

Reach’s Scott Rubin continued:

“I first saw Judas Priest perform live when I was 15 years old, and I saw them on their last tour at age 50, watching Glenn Tipton get on stage during the encore. It’s a true honor to get to work on a catalog that you know intimately and have been a fan of from 15 to 50… and beyond!”

Jayne Andrews added:

“When I first met Michael Closter around three years ago in Nashville, I really believed that he and his team at Reach Music would be the right fit for Glenn if he ever decided to sell any of his publishing. Glenn felt the same way when I introduced them last year and we look forward to a long and happy relationship with Reach Music.”

Tipton himself also commented:

“I deliberated for a long time on whether to relinquish 50% of my publishing to another company and realized as soon as I had a conversation with Michael Closter and Scott Rubin from Reach Music just how knowledgeable they are of both mine and Judas Priest’s catalog and that they would be really pro-active with the songs. I believe I now have a team who understand and are geared up to deal with metal and look forward to working together in the future!”

[via Blabbermouth]

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