Billboard.biz has reported that Kobalt Music Group can now boast triple j’s Hottest 100 winner Gotye to their impressive list of artists, which already includes the likes of Kid Cudi, DJ Shadow and No Doubt.
Since opening its Australian office in 2010, Kobalt’s Sydney-based operations have closed deals with local acts the caliber of Art vs Science and Icehouse. The worldwide publishing deal with Gotye does not include New Zealand or Australia (where Gotye’s catalog is handled by independent music firm Alberts) but those who worked on the deal say Kobalt will be active in all areas of publishing, “especially around the creative and synchronization opportunities that great music creates.”
Meanwhile Gotye continues to ride the wave of success from his song Somebody That I Used To Know featuring Kimbra. To date the single has in excess of 64 million views on YouTube. The track has also moved from 7 to 3 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart and has risen from 50 to 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.