Foxx, Bug Music make music deal


CANNES -- Music publisher Bug Music and Jamie Foxx have formed a new venture that aims to capitalize on Foxx King Entertainment's abilities in film, TV, music and new media by developing and nurturing songwriters while leveraging Bug's global music services infrastructure.

Bug also will administer the music publishing catalog of Foxx's publishing company, Sly as a Foxx Music, registered with BMI. The deal was engineered by Bug CEO John Rudolph and LaRonda Sutton, senior vp music development and production at Foxx King.

"Music has always been a key part of my life and my work," Foxx said. "But first, it is a true love of mine. I have always admired the songwriters and the musicians and now have the opportunity to collaborate as a publisher with songwriters, established and new, who share this love with me."

Foxx, an Oscar winner for "Ray" who also stars in the hit film "Dreamgirls," achieved crossover success as a recording artist and songwriter with last year's release of "Unpredictable." That album has sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. and garnered three Grammy nominations.

"The vast talent of Jamie and his team to continually turn out the highest quality of entertainment, whether film, TV or music, has been proven time and time again," Rudolph said. "Now Foxx King is going to take that talent to songwriters. For Bug Music, it is an ideal use of our talents as well. As a global company, we look to work with the best innovators in their respective fields, and Jamie exemplifies the best across diverse media forms."

Said Foxx, "I feel we have a like-minded partnership with global reach to support us as we add to our growing successes."

Susan Butler is a senior correspondent for Billboard