Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, a division of SME, have entered into an historic new agreement with Blackheart Records, the groundbreaking American music label founded in 1980 by rock icon Joan Jett, legendary songwriter/producer Kenny Laguna and Meryl Laguna. The new SME/Legacy/Blackheart pact covers the worldwide rights to Joan Jett's recorded music catalogue, including indelible classics and global hits such as 'I Love Rock 'N' Roll', 'Crimson and Clover', 'Bad Reputation', 'Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)' and more.
Legacy Recordings is making a variety of Joan Jett titles available for the first time on streaming services and digital service providers as of now. The first wave of Legacy's Blackheart Records releases includes Jett's studio classics Bad Reputation, I Love Rock 'N' Roll, Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth, Sinner, Pure And Simple, and Unvarnished (standard and deluxe); the compilation albums Flashback, Fetish, and Greatest Hits (standard and deluxe); and special editions of I Love Rock 'N' Roll 33 1/3 Anniversary and Joan Jett - The First Sessions. These new releases join Joan's four SME catalogue titles already online - Good Music, Up Your Alley, The Hit List, and Notorious.
Under the terms of this historic new agreement, the entire Joan Jett catalogue--singles, albums, music videos, concert films, etc - will be available under the SME/Legacy umbrella and released in digital and physical formats.
As part of this unique partnership with Blackheart Records, The Thread Shop, Sony Music Entertainment's in-house merchandising company, will administer Joan Jett's exclusive merchandising rights, retail licensing and e-commerce on a worldwide basis.
Carianne Brinkman, Vice President, Blackheart Records said, "Blackheart is excited to be working with Sony Legacy, particularly as we enter into the streaming space with the Blackheart Records catalogue, including the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts catalog in its entirety. They are the best at what they do and understand the brands and artists they work with. We feel it is the perfect partnership."
"The music of Joan Jett-raw, real and uncompromising--has been an essential part of the pop culture landscape across four decades," said Richard Story, President, SME Commercial Music Group. "Sony Music and Legacy Recordings are both honored and thrilled to be part of the Joan Jett saga and look forward to bringing her music and attitude to future rockers."
Legacy Recordings acquisition and release of the Joan Jett catalogue precedes the upcoming theatrical release of "Bad Reputation", director Kevin Kerslake's much anticipated documentary film which opened to rave reviews at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and had sold out sessions at the recent Sydney Film Festival in June and Melbourne International Film Festival in August. The film chronicles Joan Jett's extraordinary life and career, from her arrival on the scene as an iconoclastic punk rock pioneer in the 1970s through her evolution as musical role model/chart-topping hitmaker with The Blackhearts in the 1980s-1990s-2000s to her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures in North America, "Bad Reputation" will play one night only in special theatrical engagements across the USA on September 26 and will launch on iTunes, Amazon and On Demand everywhere including Australia on September 28.
Under the new agreement, Legacy/Blackheart will release the Bad Reputation soundtrack album on September 28 through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The career-spanning soundtrack premieres a new Joan Jett and the Blackhearts track, 'Fresh Start', alongside definitive live and studio performances by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as well as tracks featuring The Runaways, Bikini Kill, members of The Sex Pistols, and more. The album includes 'Androgynous', an unreleased track performed by Miley Cyrus, Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett.
In addition to the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts catalogue, titles covered under the SME/Blackheart acquisition deal include recordings by Evil Stig (featuring Joan Jett), Cherie Curie, FEA, Jackknife Stiletto, Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Vacancies, The Cute Lepers, and The Eyeliners as well as "various artists" compilation albums including A Blackheart Christmas and Laguna Tunes.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have created an unforgettable catalogue of iconic recordings that can be heard around the world every day on classic rock radio as well in zeitgeist-capturing television and motion picture soundtracks ranging from Flashdance, High Fidelity and Charlie's Angels to tv shows like Dawson's Creek, The Sopranos and Family Guy to Steven Spielberg's most recent science-fiction feature, Ready Player One.
An archetypal profoundly influential musician who's been called "the godmother of punk" and "the original Riot Grrrl," Joan Jett blew open the gates of rock and continues to inspire new generations of cultural revolutionaries.
Joan Jett / Blackheart Records Catalogue Albums include:
Joan Jett - Bad Reputation (1980/1981)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N' Roll (1981)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Album / Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (1983/1984)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Flashback (compilation, 1993)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Sinner (2006)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Fetish (compilation, 1999)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Greatest Hits (compilation 2010). Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Greatest Hits (Deluxe Version) (compilation, 2010)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Good Music (1986)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Up Your Alley (1988)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - The Hit List (1990)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Notorious (1991)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Pure and Simple (1994)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Unvarnished (2013)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Unvarnished (Deluxe) (2013)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N' Roll 33 1/3 Anniversary
Joan Jett - The First Sessions
Evil Stig - Evil Stig featuring Joan Jett (1995)
Various Artists - A Blackheart Christmas
Various Artists - Laguna Tunes
Cherie Curie - Boulevards of Splendor
FEA - FEA
Jackknife Stiletto - Chronicles of Jane Vol. 1 EP
Girl in a Coma - Both Before I'm Gone
Girl in a Coma - Trio B. C.
Girl in a Coma - Adventures in Coverland
Girl in a Coma - Hiding My Trail EP
Girl in a Coma - Exits & All the Rest
The Dollyrots - Because I'm Awesome
The Dollyrots - California Beach Boy EP
The Dollyrots - A Little Messed Up
The Vacancies - A Beat Missing or a Silence Added
The Vacancies - Tantrum
The Cute Lepers - Can't Stand Modern Music
The Eyeliners - No Apologies