SESAC Signs Kings of Leon
Members of Grammy-Winning Group Join Nation’s Only MRO
The members of internationally-acclaimed and Grammy-winning rock band Kings of Leon, best known for the singles “Use Somebody,” “Sex on Fire,” and “Radioactive,” have signed with SESAC, the nation’s most progressive PRO and the only Music Rights Organization in the country, for representation.
“Few rock bands have garnered a global following as extensive as Kings of Leon,” says John Josephson, SESAC’s Chairman/CEO. “The band’s musical influence, as both songwriters and performers, has spread from the United States to the U.K. and Australia and well beyond. SESAC is proud to welcome Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and Matthew Followill to our affiliate family.”
Kings of Leon, who were signed to the PRO under the guidance of SESAC’s Sam Kling, Senior Vice President of Creative Operations, and J.D. Connell, SESAC’s Vice President & Counsel, New Media Licensing, released their debut album in 2003. The band, consisting of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, and cousin Matthew Followill, has won three Grammy Awards, three NME Awards, two Brit Awards and one Juno Award. Kings of Leon has toured extensively throughout the world, playing at top venues and headlining major festivals, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Glastonbury.
Kings of Leon, which hails from Nashville, scored their first No. 1 album when WALLS entered the Billboard 200 chart last month. WALLS, the band’s seventh studio album, also hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart last month.
Kings of Leon’s affiliation is the latest in a string of prominent signings with Randy Newman, Robin Thicke, Green Day, Mariah Carey, Kesha, George Clinton and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen recently joining the SESAC roster.