Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group buys rights to Nat ‘King’ Cole assets

By Randall Roberts / LA Times - NAT KING COLE Read at latimes.com

Twin sisters Casey and Timolin Cole were born into a life of unusual luxury in Hancock Park to a father nicknamed “King” whose success was so great that the historic Capitol Records building not far away in Hollywood was nicknamed “The House That Nat Built.”

Caretakers of legendary singer-bandleader-pianist Nat “King” Cole’s legacy and estate through their King Cole Productions, for decades they have helped maintain and advance their dad’s uniquely American story. It’s one that began with his youth as a precocious Chicago teenage jazz pianist and ended, in 1965, with his death from lung cancer at age 45, an icon whose crossover success and remarkable musicality changed 20th century American culture.

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The 1970s Brought Change to the Beach Boys. A New Boxed Set Celebrates It.

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“Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions, 1969-1971” explores a time of experimentation and reinvention for the band.

The quintessential American rock band of the ’60s, whose sun-kissed harmonies and string of girls-cars-and-surf hits
soundtracked the myth of California as paradise, had lost its lock on the charts. Brian Wilson, its leader, was
withdrawn and unstable after an attempt at a super-ambitious album, “Smile,” collapsed in 1967. Facing irrelevance,
the band even considered changing its name, to simply Beach.

“When you put out a record and it’s not successful like you’re used to, you start questioning yourself,” the vocalist Mike
Love said recently. “Are you doing things right? What do we need to change?”

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How a Longtime Music Executive Is Trying to Protect Artists’ Legacies

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Irving Azoff wants to preserve artists’ legacy in the age of music streaming—and his own.

The music industry completist has run several companies, including a concert promoter and a record label, and has managed some of the biggest artists of many generations…

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Linda Ronstadt Sells Catalog to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group

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“I’m very pleased about this partnership,” Ronstadt said. “It feels like home”

Following deals with the Beach Boys and David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt is the latest artist to sell her catalog to Irving Azoff’s new company Iconic Artists Group.

Although Ronstadt is one of the best-selling artists of all time, the fact that she’s not a songwriter makes her deal different from the Beach Boys, who sold a controlling interest in their intellectual property, and from David Crosby, whose deal contained his publishing rights. Instead, Iconic has acquired Ronstadt’s assets, in a sale that includes name and likeness to promote the masters.

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Music Mogul Buys Beach Boys Songs, Calling Band ‘Underappreciated’

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Irving Azoff acquires music, photos and interviews in bid to restore the band’s once-epic cultural status.

Music mogul Irving Azoff sees the Beach Boys as an undervalued gem and thinks he can make the band cool again, profiting along the way.

Azoff, manager of the Eagles and Jon Bon Jovi, has acquired a majority interest in the band’s music, as well as an archive of photos, videos and interviews — the latest in a flurry of deals involving classic rockers. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but the total value of the assets is $100 million to $200 million, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Inside the Ambitious Plan to Monetize the Beach Boys’ Legacy

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When Carl Wilson died of cancer in 1998, his sons Jonah and Justyn became heirs to their father’s estate. That meant joining with surviving Beach Boys founders Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Al Jardine to vote on key business decisions, from archival releases to commercials. It wasn’t easy. “The dynamic changed a lot after our father passed,” says Jonah, who was in his late twenties at the time. “Not to say it was all negative, but we had a lot of challenges.” Adds Justyn, “In the beginning, it was just trying to navigate a very complicated group of individuals.”

These days, Carl’s sons are more optimistic. They recently came together with the founding members to make a major decision: The band has sold a controlling interest in the Beach Boys’ intellectual property — including their master recordings, a portion of their publishing, the Beach Boys brand, and memorabilia — to Iconic Artists Group, a new company run by longtime music business power player Irving Azoff.

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