David Crosby Sells His Music Catalog To Irving Azoff's Iconic Artists Group

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

March 4, 2021

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby has sold publishing and recorded music rights of his entire catalog to famed music executive Irving Azoff's newly-established Iconic Artists Group.

Crosby's catalog includes his work with The Byrds, various combinations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and his solo albums.

For Azoff, the acquisition comes weeks after he reached a deal for select Beach Boys assets, including the Beach Boys' brand, records, musical compositions and memorabilia.

The full value of both deals has not been disclosed. But Crosby, who has been open about his various health and financial challenges in recent years, called the partnership a lifeline.

"Given our current inability to work live, this deal is a blessing for me and my family and I do believe these are the best people to do it with," the singer-songwriter explained.

Croby's relationship with Iconic Artists Group coincides with the 50th anniversary of his acclaimed 1971 debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, and the 51st anniversary of Crosby, Stills & Nash's first studio album with Neil Young as CSNY, Déjà Vu.

Azoff noted that he has a longstanding friendship and admiration for Crosby.

"I've known David as a friend and have admired him as a great artist since our earliest days at Geffen Roberts Management shortly after I moved to Los Angeles," Azoff said. "This is an incredible time to be involved with David and his tremendous catalogue of music. He's truly one of music's most prolific songwriters and artists and I'm honored he has made Iconic the steward of his timeless musical legacy."

A growing list of legacy artists have announced deals for their publishing rights in recent months, including Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

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