Warner Chappell Music Inks a Stone Temple Pilots Worldwide Publishing Deal

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Warner Chappell Music has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal to administer the Stone Temple Pilots catalog.

The ’90s rockers have sold more than 40 million records worldwide, and the band’s catalog remains heavily-played.

STP technically existed as early as 1986, but it wasn’t until the early ’90s that the group found success. Some of their best hits include “Sex Type Thing,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Big Empty,” “Wicked Garden,” “Creep,” and “Plush”.

Warner Chappell Senior VP, A&R, U.S. Greg Sowders pointed to an ongoing legacy, which bodes well for publishing representation.  “Their work has left an impact on American culture that continues to resonate today,” Sowders relayed.

STP was previously signed to Universal Music Publishing Group in 2010. The band is now releasing a remastered version of their album Purple in September to celebrate its 25th anniversary, which could spark renewed fan interest. The release will include an unreleased version of various album tracks and an unreleased full concert recording from 1994.

Stone Temple Pilots was initially named Mighty Joe Young and was signed by Atlantic Records.

But despite their massive success in the ’90s, the group failed to carry that momentum into the 2000s.

Lead singer Scott Weiland was kicked out of the band in 2013.  The remaining members of STP — Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, and Eric Kretz — continued to tour without him. Without Weiland’s iconic presence to front the group, the popularity of STP predictably faded.

In 2015, Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus of an overdose. At the time he was touring with his new group, The Wildabouts. Weiland battled severe drug addiction throughout much of his career.

Weiland had at least two unsuccessful rehab stints related to heroin.  It ultimately led to his ouster from STP for bouts of erratic behavior and missed shows.  Weiland was only 48 when he died.