Kobalt Signs The Wombats to Worldwide Publishing and Recordings Deals

LONDON29 NOVEMBER, 2017 – Kobalt, a global independent music services company, built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, announced today they have signed a multi-faceted worldwide publishing and recordings deal with UK band, The Wombats.

Both the publishing and recordings signings offer The Wombats a full range of services including digital and physical distribution, global marketing and campaign coordination, synch licensing, and more, while the publishing signing includes worldwide publishing administration for all future works.

Paul Hitchman, President of Kobalt Music Recordings, said of the deal, "We are all very excited about the new Wombats record. It may just be the best of their career so far and we are proud that the band and their team chose Kobalt as their partner for their first independent release. We look forward to working in partnership with the band and their management on a very creative campaign for the record."  

In 2003, lead vocalist and guitarist Matthew “Murph” Murphy, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen, and drummer Dan Haggis met at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), and formed The Wombats. Three years later, they released their platinum-selling debut album A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation, featuring hits like “Moving to New York,” “Kill the Director,” and “Let’s Dance to Joy Division.”

In 2011, the Wombats hit #3 in the UK with their second album, This Modern Glitch, followed by their landmark “comeback” album, Glitterbug, in 2015. Like its predecessor, Glitterbug climbed to the top of the UK charts, sitting at #5, and became the first Wombats record to register on US charts. The band’s upcoming album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, is set to be released in February 2018.

“We're extremely excited about our new relationship with Kobalt,” said Matthew “Murph” Murphy, lead vocalist and guitarist of The Wombats. “It's great to be working with such a dynamic, creative, and most importantly, forward-thinking company. We feel like we are in excellent hands and are enamored by their unwavering belief in the band, as well as our new album.”

“We’re really pleased to be working with Murph, Dan, Tord, and everyone at SB Management,” said Nick Robinson, SVP Business Development, Creative at Kobalt. “The band’s songwriting has reached new heights on the brilliant upcoming album which is again full of their trademark infectious melodies, hooks and wry lyrical observations. The whole global Kobalt team is very excited to be a part of this next stage of the band’s career.”


Kobalt is the world’s leading independent music services company, built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model. Kobalt’s commitment to technology, transparency, and creators’ rights has driven tremendous growth year-over-year for the company and its clients. Today, Kobalt’s Music Publishing, Neighbouring Rights, and Recordings/AWAL divisions serve over 25,000 songwriters, 600 publishers, and 20,000 independent artists, including Steve Angello, The Chainsmokers, Kelly Clarkson, Miles Davis, Dave Grohl, Lauv, Zayn Malik, Max Martin, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Pitbull, Elvis Presley, Skrillex, Sam Smith, and many more. Kobalt represents on average over 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in both the US and UK.

Kobalt’s global technology platform is uniquely able to track and collect royalties for the billions of micro-payments per song in digital music today. Kobalt offers its clients a variety of services, including creative services, synch & brand partnerships, global licensing management, neighboring rights, works and rights distribution, royalty collection and processing, the Kobalt and AWAL Portals and Apps, YouTube monetization, record release management, digital distribution and marketing. For more information on Kobalt, please contact: info@kobaltmusic.com, or visit us at www.kobaltmusic.com.

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