Kobalt Signs Academy Award Winning Ryuichi Sakamoto to Publishing Deal

March 30, 2020

Kobalt today announced a publishing deal with renowned Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. The worldwide deal, excluding Japan, includes administrative, creative, and global synch services for Ryuichi Sakamoto’s catalogue, excluding a handful of select compositions, and future works. 

President and Chief Revenue Officer of Kobalt, Laurent Hubert, commented on the deal, “Ryuichi Sakamoto is a musical pioneer, recognized across the globe for his influence on electronic music genres and as an academy award-winning composer for his work on The Last Emperor. As he continues to push creative boundaries as a composer, musician, and producer, we are honored to welcome him to Kobalt and support him on upcoming projects.” 

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese composer, musician, performer, record producer, and environmental activist who has pursued a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). His success has been ever-present since the beginning of his career in the ‘70s. Sakamoto has won multiple awards including a Grammy, an Oscar, a BAFTA and two Golden Globes for his film-score work for films such as The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha and The Revenant. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence marked his debut as both an actor and a film-score composer. He has also worked with international artists including David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and composed the music for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Most recently, Sakamoto’s music is featured on the latest season of Netflix’s Black Mirror

Ryuichi Sakamoto added, “Kobalt is an exciting company.  Together with their clients they are building the future of the music industry that works for creators and rights holders alike.  I’m happy to join them in this pursuit.”

To learn more about Ryuichi Sakamoto and his upcoming projects, visit his website.

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