Sony Music is now truly, madly, deeply involved in Savage Garden’s music.
The music major will represent the U.S.-conquering pop-duo’s catalogue after completing the acquisition from former manager John Woodruff’s John Woodruff Management (Exports).
Also in the deal, Sony Music scoops up all JWM’s ownership interests in the first two solo albums by frontman Darren Hayes, 2002’s Spin and 2004’s The Tension and the Spark, both released through Sony label Columbia.
It all means, for the first time Sony Music U.S .and Sony Music Entertainment Australia own the Savage Garden catalogue, which includes the hits “Truly Madly Deeply,” “To The Moon and Back,” “I Knew I Loved You” and “I Want You” and more.
It’s easy to forget just how huge Savage Garden were. The globe-trotting duo of Hayes and instrumentalist Daniel Jones, both from Logan City, south of Brisbane, enjoyed that rarest of fruits: U.S. chart domination. And they did it not once, but twice.
The group topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998 with “Truly Madly Deeply,” and again in 2000 with “I Knew I Loved You.” Their 1997 track “I Want You” also cracked the top 5 (peaking at No. 4) and two other singles impacted the top 40.
Watch the clip for “Truly Madly Deeply” below:
The band’s two studio albums, Savage Garden and Affirmation, topped the ARIA chart and landed in the top ten in the U.S. and U.K. and have sold upwards of 23 million units combined.
The pair disbanded at the end of 2001, after which time Hayes embarked on a solo career which has yielded two million album sales worldwide, according to Sony Music.