NEW YORK, DECEMBER 10, 2020 — Downtown Music Publishing today announced the acquisition of the music catalog of accomplished songwriter Chris Braide , who is best-known for his work writing with Sia. The deal covers Braide’s Sia co-writes, including “Big Girls Cry,” “Helium,” “Flames,” “Unstoppable,” “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces),” “Eye of the Needle,” “Freeze You Out,” “Confetti” and “Space Between,” along with songs performed by Beyoncé (“God Made You Beautiful”), Britney Spears (“Perfume”), Christina Aguilera (“Blank Page”), Lana Del Rey (“Million Dollar Man”), Selena Gomez (“Camouflage”), Halsey (“Trouble”), Robin Schulz (“I Believe I’m Fine,” “Speechless”), DJ Afrojack (“Ten Feet Tall”) and Yuna (“Lullabies”).
“It’s my genuine pleasure to entrust the team at Downtown with these works,” said Chris Braide. “The songs included are some of my favorites and represent an important era of my songwriting career. I am confident that these works and my creative legacy will be well looked after by Downtown.”
Braide was first signed as a solo artist by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, who in the liner notes to an early album wrote, “I met Chris Braide in London when he was only 24 years old, yet he was so mature as a songwriter and a consummate musician.” Braide began working with Sia around the time of her breakthrough solo album 1000 Forms of Fear , co-writing two of the album’s singles (“Big Girls Cry,” “Eye of the Needle”). Their work together continues to the present, including on the soundtrack to Sia’s forthcoming film, M usic . Braide has won an Ivor Novello award and been nominated for a GrammyTM for his work on Sia’s 2016 album, This Is Acting. Most recently, Braide won the ‘Best Original Composition in a TV Trailer or Promo’ at the 2020 Music and Sound awards with Hans Zimmer and Sia for the song “Out There.”
“Chris’ work has helped shape so much of the musical landscape over the past decade, and I am delighted that he has entrusted Downtown to be the custodian of incredible songs from his rich and diverse catalogue,” said Mike Smith, Global President of Downtown Music Publishing. “Few have his incredible versatility or can write with his breadth, as easily at home with Beyoncé and Sia as with Marc Almond and Glenn Tilbrook. He is a master of his craft and a true original.” Y
Downtown Music Publishing’s parent company, Downtown Music Holdings, led negotiations for this acquisition, managed by Senior Vice President of Global Business Development Bruce Lampcov. Chris Braide was represented in the transaction by the notable entertainment lawyer Brian Schall, a partner with Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP.
The news comes following a number of recent Downtown acquisitions, including the catalog of Motown legend Mickey Stevenson last week, Good Soldier Songs, which included the 1975’s publishing catalog songbook, earlier this year — alongside other recent acquisitions, including over 10,000 song copyrights from its purchase of famed European music publisher Strictly Confidential as well as nearly 700 works from the U.K.-based Salli Isaak Songs Limited and Salli Isaak Music Publishing Limited.
About Downtown Music Publishing
Downtown Music Publishing operates in service of extraordinary songs, representing nearly 100 years of popular music. Downtown is the preferred music publishing partner for some of the world’s most beloved songwriters, storied music catalogs and emerging artists at the forefront of pop culture, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Booker T. Jones, George Gershwin, Miles Davis, Wu-Tang Clan, Mötley Crüe, Mos Def, The 1975, Tori Amos, Mickey Stevenson, Erroll Garner, Hans Zimmer, John Prine, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Jimmy Napes, Cautious Clay, Stella Donnelly and The War and Treaty, among others. Downtown Music Publishing is owned and operated by Downtown Music Holdings. More information is available at www.dmpgroup.com.