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Riptide Acquires Copyright Interest in Iconic '60s Soul Tune "You've Got the Makings of a Lover"

That Tune was Sampled in Migos Fan Favorite "BBO" Off Their Current Hit Album "Culture II"


Riptide Music Group (Riptide), a leading creative rights management company focused on the synchronization of music with advertising, movie trailers, TV, film, video games and multimedia productions, has acquired the copyright to the classic song "You've Got the Makings of a Lover," originally recorded in 1963 by The Festivals, re-recorded in 2011 by Mayer Hawthorne,  and most recently sampled in Migos’s hit song “BBO” (“Bad Bitches Only”)  on their current album “Culture II.”

Written by Earl Moss, the song was originally released by Smash Records (an American record label founded in 1961 as a subsidiary of Mercury Records), and was produced by Spectra Productions. The Festivals, comprised of singers Vaughn Price, Earl Moss, Woody Price, and Leon Thomas who were based in Texas, debuted on Smash Records with "I'll Always Love You" in the fall of 1966. The group’s momentum increased in the spring of 1967, when Smash released "You Got the Makings of a Lover,” a soulfully rendered composition that highlights the quartet's shimmering vocal blend.

Sly, Slick & Wicked from Los Angeles re-worked the song in the 1990s - that version inspired many to seek out the original. The tune was next covered by Mayer Hawthorne, and released on Stones Throw Records.  Most recently, the song was sampled by GRAMMY Award-nominated group Migos for their song “BBO”.

Riptide CEO Keatly Haldeman said, “Back in the early 1960s, Earl Moss wrote a truly iconic-sounding song, and we can’t wait to expose this gem to a new generation. With The Festivals, Sly, Slick & Wicked, Mayer Hawthorne, and Migos covers, “You’ve Got The Makings Of A  Lover” has significance throughout six decades of musical history. We’re honored to have the opportunity to play a part in the cultural phenomenon that is Migos. This is going to be fun!”

About RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP Riptide is a full service music publishing and sync company and is a leader in the placement of music to picture. With one of the largest sync teams in the industry, Riptide is a trusted and established music partner for the major entertainment companies and Fortune 500 brands.

Riptide Music Group is organized into five divisions: Riptide Rights looks after publishing and master rights for administration and sync representation; Riptide One, a carefully curated catalog of independent artists, bands, producers and composers, master & publishing controlled 100% by Riptide; Pacifica Music Library, a modern production music library focused on current popular music styles; DIVER, a boutique catalog of label-signed, active and touring artists; and Incubator, Riptide’s pop and urban songwriter, producer and artist development division.

Riptide Music Group is located at 9469 Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 114, Culver City, CA 90232. The phone is 310.437.4380. For more information, please visit:

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