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Warner Chappell acquires 50% stake in Belly’s publishing catalogue

By | Published on Thursday 6 May 2021

L to R: Guy Moot, Co-Chair and CEO, WCM; Carianne Marshall, Co-Chair and COO, WCM; Belly, Songwriter/Rapper; Ryan Press, President of U.S. A&R, WCM; Wassim "Sal" Slaiby, CEO, SALXCO & XO RECORDS

Warner Chappell has extended its existing publishing agreement with Belly. And what does that extension mean? Well, this time it is actually acquiring 50% of the rapper and producer’s songwriting catalogue. Good times!

“Belly has some of the best songwriting instincts in the game, and we couldn’t be prouder to be on this journey with him”, says Warner Chappell’s President Of US A&R, Ryan Press. “Along with his natural gift for writing songs, he’s an amazing rapper and has spent the last few years crafting his best body of work yet as an artist. We’re looking forward to what’s next and the highly anticipated release of his new album”.

Belly adds: “Warner Chappell was my first home, a place I was able to build lasting relationships and build myself into the writer I am today. I’m excited to continue this partnership and make more history together”.

Last month, Belly released new single ‘Money On The Table’, featuring Benny The Butcher. The track will be included on his new album ‘See You Next Wednesday’, which is due out through XO Records this summer.