Alice in Chains members Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Mike Inez and William DuVall have sold their music catalogs with the band to Round Hill Music, just days after the estates of original AIC vocalist Layne Staley and bassist Mike Starr sold their catalogs to Primary Wave.
As part of the deal, which was reportedly worth $50 million, Round Hill acquired the full masters and publishing copyrights of all four current band members Alice In Chains, which includes 94 compositions and 159 recordings.
The deal excludes catalogs belonging to the estates of original AIC vocalist Layne Staley, who died in 2002, and original bassist Mike Starr, who also died in 2011, but includes the band’s previous tracks, including “Man in the Box.” Rooster” and “Would? and other material written by the band’s key songwriter, Cantrell, but excludes the guitarist’s solo material.
Formed in Seattle by Cantrell and Kinney in 1987, Alice in Chains rose through the grunge era of the 1990s, moving through classic rock, punk and beyond. In the Beginning, the band’s 1994 EP Pot of Flies and their 1995 self-titled album reached No. 1.
After Staley’s death, the band went on hiatus before returning with new member William DuVall. The group releases its sixth album More rainy fog in 2018.
“If you look at the grunge category, there was Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden,” Round Hill founder and CEO Josh Gruss said in a statement. “There is such loyalty with the fan base and such quality of music. Alice in Chains’ music still holds up really, really well, and there’s nothing else like it.
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