Universal Music Group announced that it has acquired Frank Zappa‘s estate, including his expansive recordings, publishing catalog of iconic songs, film archive, and the complete contents of The Vault, the near mythic storage facility that houses the late musician’s life’s work. The content spans the prolific four-decade career of the legendary musician.
An agreement of acquisition was signed between the Entertainment Company and Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva Zappa on behalf of the Zappa Trust.
Under the new agreement, Universal Music Publishing Group acquires Zappa’s complete publishing catalog including “Watermelon In Easter Hay,” “Cosmik Debris,” “Peaches En Regalia,” “Uncle Remus,” and “Joe’s Garage.”
Over the last decade working closely together, the Zappa Trust and UMG have revitalized Zappa’s catalog through a steady stream of thrilling archival releases, vinyl reissues of his classic albums, streaming initiatives, and by making his music more widely available around the globe.
UMG said it plans to dive into the recordings in Zappa’s expansive and exhaustive Vault for new archival projects for decades to come.
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