Reservoir Media, Inc. has acquired the producer catalog of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Buddy Cannon.
The deal includes rights to all of Cannon’s Kenny Chesney collaborations from 1997’s I Will Stand through 2017’s Live In No Shoes Nation. Reservoir’s deal with Cannon does not include his SoundExchange royalties.
Cannon, a decorated songwriter, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2021. He was named the Academy of Country Music’s Producer of the Year in 2006, and also received the CMA Song of the Year for George Strait’s “Give It Away.” Cannon has also collaborated with other country music giants, including Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Reba McEntire.
Cannon’s collaborative relationship with Chesney spans more than 20 years, with the music they created accumulating over three billion streams, 31 million album sales, and 36 million track sales. Among the most successful titles Cannon contributed to are 2x Platinum “American Kids,” two-time Grammy-nominated and Platinum-certified “You and Tequila” featuring Grace Potter, and Platinum-certified “When the Sun Goes Down,” as well as recordings across 18 Gold-or-higher certified albums by the country music superstar.
This news comes on the heels of Chesney selling one of his catalogs to Hipgnosis Song Management.
“I have worked very hard with Kenny for the past 25 plus years to make the best music possible and with the help of all the publishers and songwriters who have given us their very best songs we have managed to stay consistently around the top of the charts for a very long time,” shares Cannon. “When I was presented with this offer from Reservoir it seemed like it was the right thing to do and the right time for me to turn over my portion of future Kenny Chesney royalties to them. And now it’s time to make some more records and I promise to continue making the best music that I can make from here on down the road.”
Reservoir Executive Vice President of Creative, John Ozier, adds, “Buddy has created some of country music’s biggest tracks for over two decades. We are honored to be entrusted with rights to his phenomenal legacy and are excited to continue expanding our country catalog with these fantastic songs.”
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