In industry news, Rihanna is reportedly expected to sign with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for future releases.
Multiple sources told Variety that the singer and beauty mogul would most likely join due to her working relationship with her longtime publisher, Jon Platt. Platt recently became chairman and CEO at the Sony Music company earlier in the year. Sony/ATV is home to more than three million copyrights including hits by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Taylor Swift, and Sia.
Rihanna joined Platt at Warner Chappell Music during his stint as CEO from 2015 until this year. In the midst of her busy schedule, she has reportedly been working on two albums over the past few years—one being a pop/R&B album while the other centers around dancehall. If true, one of those albums could be released under Sony/ATV.
Platt has worked with many big names including Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. In fact, Jay-Z presented the executive with the Spirit of Life Award at the gala for the City of Hope charity last fall. “This man has worked his way up from a Denver DJ to be [a] highest-ranking black executive,” Jay-Z said of Platt. “He’s the Obama of the music industry behind some of the biggest hits in the world.”
For now, both companies declined to comment on the report.