Spirit Music Group has acquired several of Tim McGraw’s master recordings in a deal announced Wednesday (Sept. 9). The agreement covers the masters for three of McGraw’s albums: 2013’s Two Lanes of Freedom, 2014’s Sundown Heaven Town and 2015’s Damn Country Music, all released by Big Machine Records. Hit singles encompassed by the deal include “Highway Don’t Care,” “Humble & Kind,” “Shotgun Rider” and “Truck Yeah.”
While master recording deals are rare for publishers, Spirit also represents both masters and publishing rights for a portion of the catalog of T. Rex via Marc Bolan as well as the masters and publishing for most of Ingrid Michaelson’s catalog.
The acquisition of McGraw’s master recordings follows Spirit executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron’s 2019 formation of Lyric Capital Group, through which they took ownership of Spirit and secured a $350 million recapitalization.
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