According to Billboard, the ink is still drying on Mrs. Carter’s big-time publishing agreement that will handle her future songwriting, including the distribution of her fifth studio album.
“It’s an honor to join Warner/Chappell Music and to continue working with my friend Jon Platt,” Beyonce said in the Warner/Chappell announcement release. “I trust his vision and admire his professionalism, and I look forward to our partnership.”
Platt joined Warner/Chappell last September after spending more than 17 years with EMI Music Publishing. As president of EMI, the music executive signed acts such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Usher, Drake, Ludacris and more.
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“I am always inspired by [Beyonce's] drive, her creative vision and the breadth of her talents as a songwriter, performer and artist,” Platt stated of the partnership. “Everyone at Warner/Chappell is honored to have the opportunity to serve this ground-breaking superstar as she continues to evolve, growing her incredible catalog of songs and producing some truly extraordinary new music.”
Earlier this week, husband Jay-Z and his Roc Nation firm also signed worldwide publishing administration deals with the company.
“The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend. Jon Platt is such a person,” the rapper said in a statement. “He’s a man of extraordinary character as well as a remarkably talented executive with an ear for music and an eye for talent. It’s great to watch him grow to be one the best in the business.”
As Beyonce prepares to release her new project and set out on an international world tour, her other half will do a little touring of his own. Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake will hit 12 cities across America for the “Legends of the Summer” concert series (dates below). All the fun begins after their appearances at the U.K.’s Wireless festival on July 12 and 13.
July 17: Toronto, ON (Rogers Centre)
July 19: New York, NY (Yankee Stadium)
July 22: Chicago, IL (Soldier Field)
July 26: San Francisco, CA (Candlestick Park)
July 28: Los Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl)
July 31: Vancouver, BC (BC Place Stadium)
August 4: Hershey, PA (Hershey Stadium)
August 6: Detroit, MI (Ford Field)
August 8: Baltimore, MD (M&T Bank Stadium)
August 10: Boston, MA (Fenway Park)
August 13: Philadelphia, PA (Citizens Bank Park)
August 16: Miami, FL (Sun Life Stadium)