26 juli 2023

CTM Outlander acquires catalogue from British songwriter and producer Fraser T. Smith

Left to Right – Steve Lewis (Adviser to CTM), Sarah Thorneycroft-Smith (Manager Fraser T Smith), Fraser T. Smith, André de Raaff (CEO CTM Outlander).

CTM Outlander has acquired a unique catalogue from one of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Fraser T. Smith, known for his global success with artists including Adele, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Drake, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz and Sam Smith.

The deal includes a range of songs recorded by artists including Tiësto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora (Ritual), Stormzy (Blinded by Your Grace Pt 1 & 2, Audacity), Dave (Black, Environment, Lesley), Craig David (I Know You, When You Know What Love Is), Raye (Please Don’t Touch) and more.

The deal also includes the writer’s share for most of the compositions, with the songs being administered on a global basis by CTM Outlander.

André de Raaff, CEO, CTM Outlander Music LP comments, “I want to thank Fraser and Sarah for entrusting us to look after these wonderful songs. Fraser is a once in a generation songwriter and we look forward to shining a light on these compositions for years to come. On a personal level, both Fraser and Sarah are both wonderful to work with, and we are truly humbled that they have partnered with CTM Outlander”.

Fraser T Smith comments, “Knowing that my catalogue is in good hands is important to me, and André’s years of experience in publishing means that my songs have not only been acquired but will be given the very best platform for the future as well”.

Manager Sarah Thorneycroft-Smith adds, “It has been a pleasure dealing with André and CTM Outlander, and I have the utmost reassurance that Fraser’s compositions will be looked after and shared with the world for many years”.

Since launching two years ago, CTM Outlander has signalled its ambition to invest over a billion U.S. dollars in acquiring music publishing and master rights with notable moves, including the acquisition of TEN Music’s publishing assets in 2021 and the catalogs of Natalie Hemby, Ben Burgess and Michael Tyler in 2022.

In June 2023, CTM Outlander made their biggest deal so far, buying the catalogue and futures of 3x GRAMMY Award winning songwriter Shane McAnally solidifying their position as the leading independent publisher in Nashville.

Further acquisitions will be announced this summer.