Transgressive Publishing & Warner/Chappell Music Sign Publishing Deal With Foals

As part of their joint venture, Transgressive Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music have signed a worldwide publishing deal for the catalogue and future releases of the hugely popular and multi-award winning band Foals.


Foals, who are made up of Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan, Jimmy Smith and Edwin Congreave, are currently recording their fifth album which is due for release in 2019, having previously released four Top 10 records.


Mike Smith, Managing Director, Warner/Chappell Music UK:  “I was very excited when Transgressive first discussed the possibility of partnering with Foals.  They’re without doubt one of the most forward-thinking and constantly innovating rock bands to have emerged in the past ten years.  They never fail to release thrilling music and it is a huge privilege for Warner/Chappell to be able to work with their remarkable catalogue and future recordings.”


Toby L, Tim Dellow and Lilas Bourboulon, the Partners in Transgressive Publishing, comment:  “Foals were one of the first breakthrough Transgressive bands, signing to the label around twelve years ago not long after we first started out.  Back then, they were wildly adventurous, ambitious, and uniquely dedicated to their craft. Four albums in and over a decade later, little has shifted; if anything, these qualities have merely intensified with time.


“This new publishing deal hopefully serves as a reflection of all of the best of the industry - friendship, loyalty and the ability to challenge each other to reach new heights. We are thrilled that our family at Warner/Chappell has continued to demonstrate such faith and commitment to our JV together and look forward to breaking new ground for this truly important band.”


Foals add: “We’re really excited to be working with Transgressive across publishing - and look forward to the future with them and Warner/Chappell.”


Foals broke onto the scene in 2008 with their debut album Antidotes, having formed only three years before.  The record, which was released by Transgressive Records, was met with critical and commercial success, charting at Number Three in the UK.


The band’s second album, Total Life Forever, earned them a 2010 Mercury Prize nomination, as well as securing another Top 10 in the UK albums chart.  The album spawned the single ‘Spanish Sahara’, which won Best Track at the 2011 NME Awards and was nominated for an Ivor Novello for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.


In 2013, Foals released their third album, Holy Fire, which went on to have international success,  topping the charts in Australia and hitting the Top 20 in France, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland, while also giving them their highest UK chart position with a Number Two spot. They were again nominated for a Mercury Prize as well as picking up Best Track for ‘Inhaler’ at the 2013 NME Awards, while Q awarded declared them the Best Live Act.


The band released their latest album in 2015.  What Went Down was again met with praise from fans and critics, landing at Number Three in the UK, as well as charting in the Top 20 in nine other countries.  The album earned them a BRIT nomination for British Group, as well as winning Best Album at the NME Awards and Best Act In The World Today at the Q Awards.