Bella Figura Music Acquires RAK Publishing

Bella Figura RAK Publishing
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Independent music publisher and record label Bella Figura Music announces the acquisition of RAK Publishing, whose extensive and varied catalog spans over 50 years and features over 1,500 copyrights.

Bella Figura Music, the independent music publisher and record label founded by Alexi Cory-Smith and Neelesh Prabhu in 2022, has announced the acquisition of RAK Publishing. Founded in 1969 by legendary record producer Mickie Most and his wife Christina, RAK now represents over 100 writers, including the Ivor Novello Winner Errol Brown, and BASCA Gold Badge recipients Steve Harley and Suzi Quatro.

RAK publishes an expansive and varied catalog of over 1,500 copyrights, including classic hits like “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate, “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” by Steve Harley & The Cockney Rebel, “I Love Rock n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde, “Music” by John Miles, and many more.

“My parents started RAK Publishing 55 years ago,” says Nathalie Hayes, MD of RAK Group of Companies (pictured left). “I grew up knowing so many of the RAK writers, as they were often on holiday with us! It has been an absolute honor to look after such an amazing catalog for the last 26 years. I am so happy that the Bella Figura Music team [is] taking the reins as they share the ethos of being boutique, and I know that they will take great care of such wonderful songs.”

“I’ve been a fan of the RAK catalog for many years,” adds Alexi Cory-Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Bella Figura Music (pictured right). “I have loved these songs and artists since I was a kid. I was mesmerized by Errol Brown when I watched Hot Chocolate on Top of the Pops as a young girl — people don’t appreciate how ground-breaking and important a band they were/are; but we have plans for that.”

“And I just wanted to be Kim Wilde,” continues Cory-Smith. “I got suspended from school for cutting off and peroxiding my hair to look like hers (I was about 13), when ‘Kids in America’ came out. RAK is a British Music icon, and it’s no exaggeration to say that this deal ranks among the proudest achievements of my career. I pinch myself every day, realizing Bella Figura is now part of it, and we will work our socks off to look after and promote their amazing legacy.”

The acquisition follows a recent funding round for Bella Figura Music, who has already invested $80 million in music catalogs since its formation in 2022, including artists like David Gray, R3hab, and Guy Chambers.