New deal covers prog rock outfit’s first 12 studio LP — together with hits like Fragile and 90125 — in addition to reside albums and compilations

Prog rock pioneers Yes have offered the rights to their recorded music catalog to Warner Music Group, Variety experiences. 

The deal covers the rights to Yes’ first 12 studio albums, from their 1969 self-titled debut to 1987’s Big Generator. A smattering of reside albums and compilations — from 1972’s Yessongs to 2019’s Yes 50 Live — are additionally included. No monetary phrases have been disclosed. 

Yes broke by within the early Seventies with hits like “Your Move” and “Roundabout,” which appeared on platinum-selling albums like The Yes Album and Fragile. A second, arguably larger industrial peak got here in 1983 with the discharge of their eleventh album, 90125, which spawned main hits like “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Leave It,” and “It Can Happen.” Big Generator, the final studio album coated within the deal, additionally boasted a Number One hit on the rock charts, “Love Will Find a Way.”


In a press release, Yes mentioned of the brand new deal, “The whole Yes household got here collectively and labored enthusiastically with Warner Music Group to safe this historic deal, guaranteeing that these iconic recordings will proceed to be curated within the optimum method to delight their followers throughout greater than 5 many years, whereas additionally discovering and growing new audiences for this timeless music.”

While a lot of the music catalog acquisition boom over the previous couple of years has centered around publishing rights, the brand new Yes deal is certainly one of a rising variety of gross sales centered round manner more lucrative recorded music rights. Though publishing can yield stable revenues over time, particularly from sync licenses, recorded music rights are extra straight tied to issues like streams, downloads, and album gross sales.

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