LOS ANGELES - ARC Music Corporation and Fuji Entertainment America, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuji Media Holdings, Inc., jointly announced today that Fuji has purchased ARC Music, the iconic music publisher of some of the most recognized and revered songs of the past fifty years. ARC had been vigorously pursued by a number of publishers in recent years but never committed to selling until earlier this year.
Internationally recognized as a cornerstone of American Blues and Rock ’n’ Roll, ARC publishes the works of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jerry Butler and many other legendary writers whose songs have inspired generations of new artists.
A list of the artists who have recorded songs from the ARC catalogue reads like a Hall of Fame roster of contemporary music. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, The Band, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Duran Duran, Santana, David Bowie, Willie Nelson & Dolly Parton, Sting, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Grateful Dead, Natalie Cole, The New York Dolls, Emmy Lou Harris, Otis Redding, Credence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin and Tom Jones are but a few of the hundreds of artists around the world that have recorded ARC songs. ARC compositions have also been featured in numerous motion pictures, commercials and television shows, and include such notable titles as: "Who Do You Love?", "Boom Boom", "At the Hop", "No Particular Place to Go", "Duke of Earl", "I'm a Man", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "One Way Out", "Surfin' USA", "Susie Q", "Good Morning Little School Girl", "See You Later Alligator", "Bo Diddley", "Smokestack Lightning" and "Baby What You Want Me To Do?".
ARC was represented in the transaction by Loeb & Loeb’s John Frankenheimer and Amy Ortner.