Linda Ronstadt has sold her recorded music assets in a partnership with Irving Azoff‘s new venture Iconic Artists Group.
Iconic will partner with Ronstadt and her team manager John Boylan and personal assistant Janet Stark, to market her catalog and preserve her legacy in the digital era. The partnership will allow Iconic to introduce Ronstadt’s timeless music to new generations of fans.
“I’m very pleased about this partnership,” says Ronstadt. “It’s extremely gratifying to be in the company of Irving Azoff, his team, and his family of great artists, many of whom have been my friends and colleagues for years. It feels like home.”
Ronstadt is a 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sung on over 120 albums. She has approximately 31 Gold and Platinum records and sold more than 100 million records worldwide with such hits as “You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou,” the duet “Somewhere Out There” with James Ingram, and “Don’t Know Much” with Aaron Neville. She won her 11th Grammy for Best Music Film for her documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice at the recent Awards.
“In 1972 when I arrived in Los Angeles to pursue my dreams in the music business, as fate would have it, I soon thereafter became best friends and manager to Glenn Frey and Don Henley,” says Azoff. “Without Linda Ronstadt and John Boylan, there would have never been an Eagles. We were friends and family and grew up together, and what a ride it has been. The countless tours together with the Eagles and Linda and their collaborations are the backbone of the history of Southern California music. For Linda and John to entrust us with the honor of furthering her work is one of the most satisfying moments of my career. Linda’s talent is unparalleled, but her courage and commitment to make important music of many genres is her legacy. We will preserve that legacy for her at all costs. Thank you, Linda and John. We won’t let you down.”
The deal with Ronstadt comes on the heels of Iconic’s recent announcement to purchase David Crosby’s catalog, including his publishing and recorded music rights, from his solo work and his work with The Byrds; Crosby & Nash; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Iconic also recently partnered with the legendary Beach Boys to purchase a controlling stake in their catalog, including sound recordings, the brand, select musical compositions, and memorabilia.