Former One Direction member Zayn Malik (artistically known as ZAYN) has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with independent music company Kobalt Music Publishing and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights.
The new deal covers all of ZAYN’s available work as a solo artist, including his 2015 RCA Records debut album, Mind of Mine, which spawned the hit single “Pillowtalk.”
ZAYN’s manager, Sarah Stennett, CEO and founder of First Access Entertainment commented, “Kobalt is a great business partner for Zayn. He made a decision based upon his desire to retain ownership of the copyrights in the songs he has written. He feels that Kobalt is best placed to administer those copyrights globally.”
Sas Metcalfe, President of Global Creative at Kobalt, stated, “Zayn is an exceptional talent as an artist and songwriter. His international success is unparalleled and Kobalt is proud to represent and support his career. He’s already off to an amazing start and we’re very excited for what the future will bring.”
Earlier this year, ZAYN was featured on the remix of Chris Brown’s single “Back to Sleep” with Usher.