Life must be good for Ben “Plan B” Drew right now. Fresh off the release of his directorial debut iLL Manors, and with its Kano and Labrinth-featuring soundtrack readying for a July 23rd arrival, the rapper/singer has signed a publishing deal with label giant EMI worth £3million, according to The Sun.
The contract, which grants Drew an advance of £1million, is said to have come about from the success of his 2010 soul album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks (which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart), although the aforementioned LP won’t be involved in the deal – neither will the iLL Manors soundtrack.
“There aren’t many artists who get these kind of offers nowadays but his success with Strickland Banks has earned him kudos,” a source told the tabloid. “He’d just got out of an old publishing deal and EMI had been trying to get him to sign on with them for ages.”
Plan B and EMI had partnered earlier this year to launch Temperamental Music, a publishing company which puts him in charge of signing and developing new writing talent.