James Brown was a prolific songwriter, performer, singer, bandleader, and one of the most iconic figures in funk and soul music. He is credited as the composer or the co-composer of over 1000 compositions and released 99 full length albums. Born on May 3, 1933 into extreme poverty, James Brown worked his way to the top of the funk and R&B music scene earning the moniker “The Godfather of Soul”. Brown was also renowned for his work in social activism, both in his songwriting (“America Is My Home”, “Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud”) and his advocacy of the benefits of education for schoolchildren (“Stay In School, Don’t Be A Dropout”). His spinning moves on stage, his signature splits, his trademark evangelical attire that frequently featured a cape, and his impromptu lyrics are all indelible byproducts of his genius.  His unique vocal and musical style inspired artists of all genres including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Sly Stone, Prince, and Michael Jackson. He is also the most sampled artist in hip hop, with over 1200 confirmed sampled recordings.


INAUDIBLE PRODUCTIONS oversees the licensing of James Brown’s music publishing catalog. James Brown’s catalog continues to thrive as more and more placements are made. Some highlights are as follows:

  • Palms Casino Spot feat. Featuring Cardi B, Rita Ora, Marshmello, Ozuna – “Unstatus Quo” sampling “Get On A Good Foot” (2019)
  • Luke Cage TV Series – “The Payback” (2018)
  • Toyota Ad – “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (2018)
  • The Blacklist TV Series – “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose” (2017)
  • Optimum Broadband Provider Ad – “Payback” (2017)
  • LL Bean Ad – “It’s A New Day (Pt. 1 & 2)” (2015-2017)
  • Walmart Ad – “Get Up Offa That Thing” (2016)
  • Anheuser-Busch Ad – “(Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine” (2016)
  • Hyundai Ad – “Talking Loud & Saying Nothing” (2016)
  • Whisky Tango Foxtrot Film Trailer – “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (2016)
  • Acura NXS Ad – “Superbad” (2016)
  • Visa Ad – “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (2016)
  • Vinyl TV Series  – “Give It Up Or Turnit Loose” & “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine” (2016)
  • Black-ish TV Promos – “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (2016)
  • Nike Ad – “Payback” (2015)
  • Volkswagen Super Bowl Ad – “Get Up Offa That Thing” (2012-2015)
  • Scandal TV Promos – “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (2015)
  • Scandal TV Series – “Pass The Peas”, “Superbad”, “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”, “Get On The Good Foot” & “Get Up Offa That Thing” (2012-2015)
  • Nissan Ad – “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (2014)
  • New Girl TV Series – “It Takes Two” (2014)
  • Google Chrome Ad – “Soulful Christmas” (2014)
  • General Mills Reese’s Puffs Ad – “Think (About It)” (2013)
  • Walmart Ad – “Soulful Christmas” (2013)
  • Farmland Food Ad – “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (2013)
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler Film – “Out Of Sight” (2013)
  • Django Unchained Film – “Unchained”, A Mashup of James Brown’s Classic Track “The Payback” With 2Pac’s “Untouchable” (2012)
  • Volkswagen Super Bowl Ad – “Get Up Offa That Thing” (2012)
  • Gatorade Ad – “Superbad” (2012)
  • Think Like A Man Film – “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (2012)
  • Chanel Campaign – “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” Recorded By Joss Stone (2012)