Village People Releases Its Music Catalog And Brand To Primary Wave Music

Primary Wave Music has established a partnership with the heirs of a producer behind the iconic dance-music group the Village People, which includes a stake in the band’s name, master recordings, and publishing rights. The collaboration features hits from the dance floor like “Macho Man,” “In the Navy,” “Y.M.C.A.”, “Go West,” and more. The deal’s exact terms were not made public.

Belolo and fellow producer Jacques Morali, who together go by the name Can’t Stop Productions, announced that the group was formed in 1977 in order to provide background vocals for a new album by their group, the Ritchie Family. Victor Willis, a vocalist who was also involved in the Broadway production of “The Wiz,” was recommended by arranger Horace Ott.

In 1977, the group’s debut album “Village People” featured all four of the songs they recorded. Village People were formed in no time at all because to the swift recruitment of singers by Willis and the producers. The trio saw multi-platinum success during the ensuing years, but as the disco backlash developed, they began to falter.

Over the years, Willis pushed to obtain the rights to several Village People songs, and he eventually succeeded. Willis continues to travel with a reformed version of the band since those songs are still popular.

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