Sony Music has today announced it has completed the acquisition of Savage Garden's catalogue, as well as singer Darren Hayes' first two solo albums.
Through Sony Music US and Sony Music Entertainment Australia, the company now owns the legendary Australian duo's work, including the 1997 self-titled debut LP and 1999 follow-up, Affirmation, as well as Hayes' debut solo effort Spin and 2004's The Tension & The Spark.
Savage Garden's music has resulted in #1 singles and albums in over 51 countries while Hayes’ solo work has also racked up sales of almost two million units globally.
“I am thrilled to welcome Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones back to the Sony Music family," Chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, Denis Handlin AO said.
"I have immense respect for these incredibly talented musicians who I have known for more than two decades. It is a privilege to take on responsibility for the Savage Garden catalogue and Darren Hayes’ first two solo albums, and I look forward to bringing these incredible recordings to people of all ages all around the world with respect, creativity and passion.
The acquisition was completed from John Woodruff's John Woodruff Management.
“I first worked with Woody in his pioneering days with great Australian rock band The Angels and on many other projects since then," Handlin said.
"Nearly 40 years since we first met it feels like we have come full circle. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to reunite with him on this deal.”
Meanwhile, Hayes said of the news, "There’s a poetic justice knowing that our master recordings have now returned home, humbly, under the guardianship of another Brisbane music industry legend, Denis Handlin.
"The full circle-ness feels right and I’m incredibly grateful to John for taking us home, and to Denis and all at Sony Music Australia for their respect for our catalogue.”
Jones added that the deal is "just perfect".
“Growing up in Australia and watching the success stories of artists behind the mastermind Denis Handlin and his amazing team at Sony has always been an inspiration for me," he said.
“I could not be happier! I belong here, I plan to stay here, I am home!”