Layne Staley Family Gets Huge Alice In Chains Paycheck


The independent publishing powerhouse Primary Wave Music recently made an announcement that revealed its acquisition of music rights from the estates of Layne Staley and Mike Starr of the legendary grunge group and Grammy-nominated band Alice In Chains. The deal will see the publisher acquire a stake in Staley’s and Starr’s music publishing catalog, as well as the master royalty income stream. Previously, Layne Staley’s photo with Van Halen singer surfaced.

Layne Staley and Mike Starr families relinquish music rights

Many of Alice In Chains’ biggest and most memorable hits are included, songs that defined an era. The list of royalties which were acquired includes “Man In The Box”, “Rooster” and “No Excuses”, as well as their hit recording “Would?” which was released in 1992, and not only appeared in the film “Singles,” but was also included on the critically acclaimed soundtrack.

Rolling Stone called the song “timeless” saying it’s “the work of a band which understands that life gets way out of hand but that first-rate rock recordings can’t.” A number of additional songs in the catalog include several Grammy-nominated singles, number one hits, and many platinum and multi-platinum tracks.

It has been noted that the additional deal terms will now see members of both estates gain access to Primary Wave’s entire marketing team, digital team, branding team and publishing infrastructure which includes licensing and synch opportunities.

Here is what Primary Wave’s David Weitzman said in a statement: “Primary Wave is pleased to partner with the estates of Layne Staley and Mike Starr to honor their musical legacies as part of the classic era lineup of Alice In Chains, who created the amazing songs and records that comprise the albums ‘Dirt’ and ‘Facelift’, and the acoustic EPs ‘Jar Of Flies’ and ‘Sap’. These projects represent the greatest works from one of the best artists of the iconic Nineties Seattle-based grunge era.”