Los Angeles, 28 October 2014 – OK Go have unveiled the video for ‘I Won’t Let You Down,’ the second single from their recently released new album Hungry Ghosts (Paracadute/BMG). Celebrating the release, the band is unleashing a multitude of associated projects across a broad range of disciplines.More
New York, 23 October 2014 – The Smashing Pumpkins partnered with Rollingstone.com to premiere ‘Being Beige,’ the first single from the band’s upcoming album Monuments To An Elegy, out Tuesday, December 9 via Martha’s Music/BMG. ‘Being Beige’ can be streamed on the band’s SoundCloud here and the album is available for pre-order now on iTunes.More
London, 23 October 2014 – BMG artists and writers took an incredible eight of the 16 awards presented by rock magazine Q at its prestigious awards ceremony yesterday at London’s Grosvenor Hotel. Wilko Johnson was honoured with the Q Icon Award earning a standing ovation from the star-studded ballroom following an emotional speech. It capped a remarkable night for BMG talent with Simple Minds, Johnny Marr and Culture Club’s Michael Craig among the winners.More
New York, 9 October 2014 – Big Deal Music is pleased to welcome Dan Wilson to its roster, publishing new compositions under its joint venture deal with BMG Chrysalis US. Big Deal will now also exclusively handle the Semisonic back catalog.
Wilson is one of the world’s most successful contemporary songwriters, having co-written Adele’s global hit ‘Someone Like You’ and Dixie Chicks’ ‘Not Ready to Make Nice,’ for which he received two Grammy awards.More
London, 29 September 2014 – Alt-J’s eagerly-anticipated new album This Is All Yours has gone in straight at Number One in the Official UK Charts. The album – follow-up to their million-selling Mercury Music Prize-winning debut, An Awesome Wave - was released through Infectious Music, acquired by BMG earlier this month.
New York, 17 September 2014 – Boyz II Men is back with one of the most exciting albums of their 23-year career. Collide - which will be released October 21st on BMG – is, true to its title, a collision of sounds and styles, fusing rock, pop, and funk with the soulful R&B that first catapulted the 4-time Grammy Award winners to superstardom. The iconic trio, comprised of Nate Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Wayna Morris, holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 64 million albums sold worldwide.More
Los Angeles, 15 September 2014 – BMG Chrysalis US has announced the acquisition of the Music Beyond Production Library catalog. The L.A. based independent library contains over 25,000 tracks, covering all genres of music. Offering one-stop licensing for projects, the company offers a wide array of compositions and sound design services catering to the film, TV, and advertising industries. The staff of Music Beyond will now work from BMG’s L.A. office while East Coast representation remains unchanged.More
NEW YORK/ OAKLAND, Calif., 11 September 2014 – Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet radio service, and international music rights management company BMG, today announced a multi-year agreement for a US license for its complete BMI and ASCAP catalog of musical works. The direct publishing deal creates marketing and business benefits for Pandora, BMG and the songwriters it represents.More
London, 2 September 2014 – BMG Chrysalis UK is pleased to announce it has acquired one of the UK’s most renowned and influential independent labels, Infectious Music.
The deal follows the earlier acquisitions of Sanctuary Records, Mute Records and Skint/Loaded Records as BMG pursues its strategy of building an international position in the recorded music industry.More
New York, 28 August 2014 – BMG Rights Management and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 Iron Maiden vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.More
New York, 25 August 2014 – BMG welcomes the collaboration of mega boy band alumni Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block to its growing Artist Services roster. The duo recently premiered their music video with Entertainment Weekly for the first official single, ‘One More Time,’ from their forthcoming collaborative album. Click here to watch!
The album entitled Nick & Knight will be available in stores and through all digital retailers on September 2nd via Nick & Knight Music in conjunction with Mass Appeal Music/BMG.More
New York, 18 August 2014 – Continuing to blaze a trail following his No. 1 album debut, BMG recording artist Danny Gokey is back on top this week with his single “Hope In Front of Me” taking the No. 1 spot on the National Christian Audience radio chart reaching nearly 9.8 million listeners. The hit single ‘Hope In Front Of Me’ made the tenacious jump to the top with a major spin increase after spending two weeks at No. 2.More
London, 6 August 2014 – BMG Chrysalis UK has struck what is believed to be the biggest online music sync deal in the UK to date with a five track package deal to soundtrack a new online Toyota Yaris commercial.
BMG Chrysalis UK VP, Sync & Marketing Tom Stingemore says, “This is a watershed deal for the music industry which demonstrates that if you have the right repertoire, online advertising can be just as significant a revenue earner for writers and artists as traditional TV advertising. We are delighted to play our part in raising perceptions of value in the online sync market.”More
NEW YORK, 30 JULY 2014 – BMG Chrysalis US has appointed Brian Suh to Senior Director of Business Affairs, based in Los Angeles. Suh will report to Mark Robinson, SVP and General Counsel at the company. In his role, he will negotiate company deals on both the publishing and recording side and handle legal and business affairs matters from the West Coast office.More
London, 21 July 2014 – Trouble In Paradise, the eagerly awaited new album from BMG Chrysalis published La Roux is released this week and comes five years after the release of their Grammy award winning self-titled debut album. With the new album receiving a string of strong reviews and critical acclaim, Trouble In Paradise looks certain to be one of the albums of the year.More
GRAMMY-WINNING R&B ARTIST FAITH EVANS CHOOSES BMG FOR PUBLISHING AND ARTIST SERVICES DEAL
NEW ALBUM ‘INCOMPARABLE’ SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL
NEW YORK, 21 JULY 2014 – R&B superstar Faith Evans has signed a worldwide exclusive publishing and Artist Services deal with BMG Chrysalis US for her first new studio album in four years. This fall the company will release her highly-anticipated eighth studio album Incomparable. The record features the lead single ‘I Deserve It’ with Missy Elliott & Sharaya J.More
LONDON, 14 JULY 2014 – BMG is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks’ breakthrough hit with an extensive reissue programme encompassing their classic 1964-1970 catalogue.
The ambitious reissue campaign encompasses many of the greatest and most influential songs in pop history from ‘You Really Got Me’ to ‘Lola’, from ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’ to ‘Waterloo Sunset’, a song widely-regarded as the greatest song about London ever.
The campaign centres on the 50th anniversary of ‘You Really Got Me’ becoming their first Number One single.More
NASHVILLE, 11 JULY 2014 – BMG artist Danny Gokey’s recent release, Hope in Front of Me, released on BMG Artist Services, has reached Number One on the Billboard Christian Chart, giving the Christian artist his first Billboard chart topper. With the lead single “Hope in Front of Me” rising, Gokey’s sophomore album also debuted on four other Billboard charts, coming in at Number Nine on Top Internet Albums, Number 10 on Top Independent Albums, Number 39 on Top Current Albums and Number 40 on The Billboard 200. In addition, Gokey hit Number One on the iTunes Christian & Gospel charts and Number Three in the Top 20 overall.More
BERLIN, 07 JULY 2014 – Rights management company BMG has reached a new milestone with official industry figures showing it was the most successful music publisher in Germany in the first six months of 2014 with a 20.86% share of the singles charts, according to research company GfK Entertainment.More
New York, 2 July 2014 – BMG Chrysalis US has promoted Andrew Gould to Senior Vice President of Creative, based in Los Angeles. Previously, he was Vice President in the department. Gould will continue to report to Zach Katz, Chief Creative Officer of BMG Chrysalis North America.More
New York, 23 June 2014 – BMG recording artist Danny Gokey is set to make his highly anticipated return with the extraordinary new album Hope In Front Of Me, released through BMG Artist Services. The album – which includes the current chart-climbing single, ‘Hope In Front Of Me’ – arrives on June 24th.More
NEW YORK, 19 JUNE 2014 – BMG has signed an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement with Tafari Music. Through the deal, BMG will administer the global publishing rights of the Tafari catalog, one of the most seminal catalogs of Reggae and World Beats music, featuring over 4,000 titles.More
London, 13 June 2014 – You Me At Six have scored a prestigious rock double after being crowned Best British Band at the Kerrang! Awards last night, and ‘Fresh Start Fever’ named as Best Single.More
New York, 5 June 2014 – Spanish Gold’s debut album, South of Nowhere, is now released via BMG/Del Mar Records.
Released to widespread critical acclaim, NPR’s “All Things Considered” profiled the band on this week’s program in a piece entitled, “From A Band On The Border, The Stories That Shape ‘South Of Nowhere.’” Additionally, of the first single, ‘Out on the Street,’ Rolling Stone praises, “…every once in a while, you come across the real deal. Such is the case with Spanish Gold’s ‘Out on the Street,’ a heady number that slinks along like Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me,’ trading in synth-goofiness for tight bursts of Black Keys guitar.” The song’s official music video recently premiered at Stereogum and can be viewed here.
London, 5 June 2014 – James released their highly anticipated new album La Petite Mort through BMG Artist Services this week.
James are back with their thirteenth album, and their first full length album in six years. La Petite Mort is a deeply personal album with Tim Booth’s lyrics dealing heavily influenced by the sudden death of his mother and best friend. And yet with despite this the mood of the album feels upbeat packed with anthems such as the powerful ‘Moving On’ and ‘Frozen Britain’. Bassist Jim Glennie says the new songs pushed the band to “new heights in craftsmanship and intensity“.
Stockholm, 26 May 2014 – Sharon Vaughn has signed a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement and a purchase agreement for the catalogue of her publishing company Sharobella with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia.
Sharon Vaughn is an experienced and well-known American songwriter who started out in Nashville. Her first cuts were ‘Y’all Come Back Saloon’ (a breakthrough song for the Oak Ridge Boys) and ‘My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys’ with Willie Nelson that reached Number One on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart. Since then she has had hundreds of cuts and hits all over the world.More
Madrid, 23 May 2014 – BMG has acquired the publishing rights to top-selling Pablo Alboran titles including ‘Solamente tu’, ‘Te he echado de menos’, ‘Perdoname’ and ‘Miedo’ from TRIMECA Publishing. The deal includes the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s first two albums Pablo Alboran and En Acustico.
New York, 19 May 2014 – BMG congratulates its writers and artists whose work has earned an impressive array of nominations for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. The nominations were announced on May 12th in Nashville. BMG rising talent and nominees Valerie June and Hurray for the Riff Raff performed at the event. The awards ceremony and festivities will be hosted at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 17th.
BMG’s breadth of talent was recognized at the nominations event including Rodney Crowell and Robert Ellis, who were both nominated in the Artist of the Year category. Ellis also received nominations for Album of the Year for The Lights from the Chemical Plant and Song of the Year for ‘Only Lies.’ BMG dominated in the Duo/Group of the Year category with The Avett Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Hard Working Americans (Todd Snider) and The Milk Carton Kids all up for the award. Rounding out the nominations were Emerging Act of the Year for Hurray for the Riff Raff and Valerie June and Buddy Miller for Instrumentalist of the Year.
Laurent Hubert, President of Creative & Marketing at BMG Chrysalis North America commented: “Americana music is enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight and we share the same enthusiasm for the genre. BMG is proud to be partners in the careers of these emerging and legendary artists in this area.”
Los Angeles, 14 May 2014 – Several BMG songwriters were honored at the 62nd annual BMI Pop Awards held last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The award recognizes songwriters and music publishers behind the most-performed pop songs of the year.More
London, 14 May 2014 – Grammy Award-winning singer Foxes released her highly anticipated debut album Glorious earlier this week.
New York, 12 May 2014 – BMG congratulates John Legend for topping the Billboard Hot 100 with his single ‘All of Me’. The single was released on 12 August 2013 and marks the American R&B artist’s first Number One hit in the US.
‘All Of Me’ was co-written by BMG-writer Toby Gad and unseated Pharrell Williams’ 10 week run with ‘Happy’. The piano ballad also charted on Number One in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, with position 2 in the UK. BMG is proud to be working with the Grammy-winning artist for over 5 years now.More
London, 12 May 2014 – BMG-signed English indie rock band The Horrors have released their fourth album Luminous.
The Horrors’ fourth studio album Luminous “was recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey, it’s the follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011)”.More
London, 30 April 2014 – Damon Albarn releases his highly anticipated new album Everyday Robots.
Damon Albarn is one of the UK’s most prolific songwriters with a career spanning 25 years. Albarn has had great success with projects like Britpop mainstays Blur, animated band Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad & The Queen. This album is nothing short of the brilliance we have come to expect from Albarn.More
New York, 17 April 2014- Regimen Records/BMG recording group 3 Winans Brothers – comprised of multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel legends BeBe, Marvin, and Carvin Winans – has announced the arrival of their new single ‘Move In Me’. The vibrant, brass-driven track heralds the world-renowned trio’s hugely anticipated debut album, Foreign Land, slated for release via Regimen Records/BMG in the early fall.More
New York, 17 April 2014 - Sunday night, the Backstreet Boys were honered with MTV’s “Best Musical Moment” Movie Award for their appearance in Seth Rogen’s hit film This Is The End.More
New York, 15 April, 2014 – Spanish Gold will embark on an extensive North American tour this spring and summer. See below for complete tour details. The shows are in support of the trio’s debut album, South of Nowhere, which will be released May 27 on BMG/Del Mar Records.More
New York / Berlin, 14 April 2014 – The Smashing Pumpkins have signed a worldwide exclusive Artist Services Deal with BMG Chrysalis US to release the band’s next two albums Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night. The first single is expected at the end of 2014, the albums in 2015.
The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most acclaimed US alternative rock bands, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide and winning multiple Grammy Awards. The group’s hits such as ‘1979,’ ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings,’ ‘Tonight, Tonight‘ and ‘Disarm’ defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a new generation.More
New York, 10 April 2014 – Beth Orton has signed a worldwide, exclusive co-publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis US which now represents her entire 20 year catalog of songs. The Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter is known for her thoughtful lyrics and unique pairing of folk and electronica.More
LOS ANGELES/BERLIN, 10 April 2014 – BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch was awarded ‘Music Publisher of the Year’ at the first annual International Music Industry Awards that took place during A&R Worldwide’s MUSEXPO 2014 in Los Angeles yesterday.More
LOS ANGELES, 7 April 2014 – BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch will participate in the ‘Global Keynote – State of the Sonic Union’ at MUSEXPO 2014, taking place today from 9:30AM – 10:45AM in the main ballroom (Blossom Ballroom) of the Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The panel discussion – moderated by none other than iconic CNN interviewer Larry King – will focus on the current state of affairs in the global music, brands, media, live, digital/streaming, gaming, and radio businesses.
The other panelists include Ellen Healy (Sr. Marketing Director, Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo, Inc.), George Ergatoudis (Head of Music, BBC Radio & 1Xtra, UK), Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, Michael Chugg of Chugg Entertainment Worldwide, and Steve Schnur (Worldwide Head of Music & Marketing, EA Games).
A short Q&A is planned at the end of the meeting, so don’t miss out on your chance to come by and ask questions.
For the full MUSEXPO 2014 schedule, click here.
LONDON / BERLIN, 7 April 2014 – BMG has acquired legendary dance music labels Skint Records and Loaded Records including Fatboy Slim’s multi-million selling catalogue of recordings.
Brighton-based Loaded was founded in 1990 by JC Reid and Tim Jeffery as one of the leading outlets for the emergent house music scene. Damian Harris joined the company and sister label Skint followed in 1995, spearheading the ‘Big Beat’ sound with albums from Fatboy Slim (real name Norman Cook), Lo Fidelity Allstars and Bentley Rhythm Ace. Together they have rights to 2,500 tracks and have generated sales of more than 10 million albums and 15 million singles.More
BERLIN, 3 APRIL 2014 – BMG has promoted Patrick Jöst to Executive Vice-President Licensing & Marketing International, leading the company’s worldwide sync and brand marketing activities across both recordings and music publishing.More
US: Top R&B Artists Eric Benet, Calvin Richardson And Goapele Sign Artist Services Deals with BMG/Primary Wave
NEW YORK / BERLIN, 2 April 2014 – Grammy nominated artist Eric Benét, R&B singer-songwriter Calvin Richardson and soul, R&B songstress Goapele have signed deals with BMG/Primary Wave Artist Services to release their upcoming albums in the US.
Singer-songwriter Eric Benét has received a total of four Grammy nominations for ‘Spend My Life with You’ feat. Tamia (2000), the R&B hit ‘You’re the Only One’ and the album Love & Life (2009) as well as Best Traditional R&B Performance for ‘Sometimes I Cry’ (2012). Benét will release his seventh studio album through the BMG/Primary Wave Artist Services partnership and also brought both Calvin Richardson and Goapele to the JV, whom he has been working with closely in the studio.More
Paris, 31 March 2014 – Platinum-selling rap artist La Fouine, one of France’s biggest urban superstars, has signed a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG France.More
New York, 25 March 2014 – Seven-time Grammy nominee and Platinum-awarded R&B singer-songwriter Joe, along with his new manager and business partner, music veteran Gerald “Plaid” Isaac, have signed with BMG Chrysalis North America. Their new label, Plaid Take-Over, will be releasing Joe’s upcoming US album Bridges through BMG Artist Services.More
Berlin, 25 March 2014 – BMG artists and songwriters are recognized in 19 categories for this year’s Echo Awards, the most important German music award. The award show, taking place at Messe Berlin this Thursday, annually honors the most outstanding and successful achievements of national and international artists.More
Austin/New York/Berlin, 18 March 2014 – Many BMG-signed artists raised fans and critics’ attention at last week’s SXSW events. Among the performers at the world’s largest music industry event, which took place in Austin, Texas from 7th – 16th March, was BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia-signed Norwegian singer Samsaya.
Madrid, 17 March 2014 – BMG’s Spanish Synch Team celebrates the successful placement of Robbie Williams’ 1998 smash hit ‘Let Me Entertain You’ in a major national TV campaign for Telefónica/Movistar. Spain’s leading telecom provider licensed the track to drive an energetic commercial for its new digital television service Fusión TV.More
New York, 17 March 2014 – American country songwriter Tim James has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Big Deal Music and BMG Chrysalis US under their joint venture.
Among a long list of country music hits, in 2013 James co-wrote George Strait’s Number One hit ‘Give It All You Got Tonight,’ the 2010 Billboard Song Of The Year ‘Love Like Crazy’ by Lee Brice, the 2009 Grammy nominated ‘All I Ask For Anymore’ by Trace Adkins, the US Number One ‘My List’ by Toby Keith, and ‘Holler Back’ by The Lost Trailers.More
Madrid, 14 March 2014 – The single ‘Diez Mil Maneras’ co-written by BMG Chrysalis US writer Justin Gray and performed by one of the biggest latin pop artists, David Bisbal, has been certified Platinum in Spain, after its seventh week at Number One in the Official Spanish Single Charts.More
New York, 10 March 2014 – This week at SXSW, the world’s largest music industry event, BMG lends its expertise to two Music industry panels:
Jeff Brabec, VP of Business Affairs at BMG Chrysalis North America, will speak on the Songwriting and Money panel which will explore how songs and deals are structured and discuss the various revenue streams. The panel will be held on Thursday, 13 March from 11:00AM – 12:00PM in Room 11AB at 500 E Cesar Chavez Street.
Ryan Fitch, Director Marketing Film & TV/Advertising at BMG Chrysalis North America, will speak on Art vs Craft – Original Music for Advertising where the panel of experts will explore how songwriters can break into the field of composing music for ads and what it entails. The panel will be held on Thursday, March 13 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM in Ballroom E at 500 E Cesar Chavez Street.
For a complete list of the SXSW panels please visit: http://schedule.sxsw.com/
New York, 5 March 2014 – BMG Chrysalis US has announced a deal with Triggerfish Animation Studios. Triggerfish is a fast-growing Cape Town-based media and entertainment company and is one of the largest animation studios in Africa.
BMG has acquired 100% of the music publishing, master sound recordings, and soundtrack album rights in and to the original score and music of Khumba. Khumba is a 3D computer-animated adventure comedy featuring a star-studded cast including Lawrence Fishburne and Liam Neeson. The film opened at #1 at the box office in South Africa last year and continues to roll out in the rest of the world.More
BERLIN, 3 March 2014 – BMG has announced it has concluded the acquisition of Talpa Music, the leading Benelux-based music publisher which includes some of world’s leading EDM stars among its writers.
The Talpa Music acquisition not only makes BMG Benelux – now renamed BMG Talpa Music – the leading publisher of local repertoire in the region, it also brings with it an unparalleled roster of EDM stars, including Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, Giorgio Tuinfort, Fabian Lenssen, Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero.More
London/New York/Berlin, 28 February 2014 – Music rights management company BMG today announced the acquisition of the publishing catalog by songwriting legend Hal David from his sons. The catalogue features all of David’s publishing interests in iconic songs such as ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,’ ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,’ ‘Walk On By,’ ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love,’ and ‘I Say A Little Prayer’.
The Grammy-winning, Academy Award-winning lyricist, who passed away in 2012, wrote a long list of timeless American standards and is known for his work with songwriting partner Burt Bacharach and his collaboration with performer Dionne Warwick.More
London, 27 February 2014 – Blondie, Damon Albarn, and Drenge were among the big winners at the 2014 NME Awards held at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London last night.
Led as ever by Debby Harry and Chris Stein, the legendary new-wave rockers were honoured with the Godlike Genius Award in recognition of a hugely influential career spanning almost five decades. Blondie brought the evening to a close performing some of their classic hits including ‘One Way Or Another’, ‘Call Me’ and ‘Heart Of Glass’.More
LONDON, 27 February 2014 – Wayne Hector, one of the world’s most successful pop writers, has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK.
Hector has written over 30 Number One hits and in the past year alone for the likes of One Direction (‘Best Song Ever’), James Blunt (five tracks on his current album), John Newman, James Arthur and Shane Filan.
The deal reunites Hector with some of his earlier songs, acquired last year by BMG as part of the Virgin Music/Famous Music catalogues, including ‘Beat Again’ and ‘Everybody In Love’ (JLS), ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Heart Vacancy’ (The Wanted), ‘Thinking Of Me’ (Olly Murs), ‘Out From Under’ (Britney Spears) and ‘Need You’ (Travie McCoy).More
New York / Los Angeles, 26 February 2014 – Music rights management company BMG has announced the promotion of Zach Katz to Chief Creative Officer, BMG Chrysalis North America, based in Los Angeles.
Katz will continue to report directly to Laurent Hubert, President of Marketing & Creative, and oversee the LA and NY based creative staff.
Since joining the company in 2012, Katz has shaped and led the creative team that was responsible for numerous additions to the roster, garnering significant chart placements. Key highlights have been the signings of Claude Kelly, Greg Wells, the Strokes, Bebe Rexha, French Montana, Monsters & Strangers, Juicy J, Chris Braide, Jen Decilveo, Wolfgang Gartner, Xplicit, John Ryan and Howard Benson.More
BERLIN/LOS ANGELES, 24 February 2014 – BMG is moving the hub of its worldwide Writer Services operation to Los Angeles under newly-promoted EVP Writer Services Thomas Scherer.
BMG Writer Services embraces BMG’s successful international songplugging operation which works with the company’s roster of renowned songwriters including Steve Mac, Will.i.am, Juicy J, Sterling Fox, Sacha Skarbek, Al Shux and busbee.More
Stockholm, 20 February 2014 – Swedish heavy metal band Ghost were honored with Hard Rock/Metal Album of the Year for their album Infestissumam at yesterday’s Grammis, the Swedish equivalent to the Grammy Awards.More
London, 20 February, 2014 – BMG writers Bruno Mars, James Newman, and John Ryan were among the winners at the star studded 2014 Brit Awards held last night in London’s O2 Arena.More
DEBUT ALBUM FOREIGN LAND SCHEDULED FOR SPRING RELEASE
New York, 19 February 2014 – New gospel group 3 Winans Brothers, comprised of multiple Grammy® Award winners and gospel legends BeBe, Marvin, and Carvin Winans, will release their debut album through BMG after signing a publishing and Artist Services deal with the international rights management company.More
Hilversum/Berlin, 13 February 2014 – Within Temptation’s new album Hydra, which is released through BMG Artist Services, has achieved a huge international success on the official album charts including: #1 in The Netherlands and Czech Republic, #2 in Finland and Switzerland, #4 in Germany, #5 in Austria, #6 in the UK (Dramatico), #9 in France, #11 in Portugal, #16 in the US (Nuclear Blast), #25 in Canada and #28 in Spain.More
New York, 12 February 2014 - Michael Kachko has been appointed Senior Director, Catalog Marketing at BMG Chrysalis US.
In his new role Kachko will be responsible for developing and optimizing the recording catalogs business in the US. Based in the Los Angeles office, he will execute catalog strategies through online marketing, social media, public relations, advertising, sales, distribution, radio promotion and product development. Kachko will work closely with London-based Didier Dehauteur, Director Master Catalogue International, and BMG’s international product managers.More
BERLIN, 10 FEBRUARY 2014 – International rights management companies BMG and Talpa Music Holding have signed an agreement under which BMG will acquire 100% of Benelux music publisher Talpa Music B.V., leader in electronic dance music.More
New York, 6 February 2014 – The Strokes, one of the most influential US rock bands of the past two decades, have signed a publishing deal for North America with BMG Chrysalis US, who now publish their catalog.More
Hilversum/Berlin, 5 February 2014 – Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has released their much anticipated new album Hydra via BMG Artist Services this week.
Berlin, 5 February 2014 – Casper and Kraftklub, two of Germany’s most sought-after artists, entrust their publishing interests to BMG Germany. Both signed worldwide exclusive songwriter and co-publishing agreements for their publishing companies 25/8 and BMK with the international rights management company.More
New York, February 4, 2014 - Mark Robinson has joined BMG Chrysalis US as SVP and General Counsel reporting directly to Laurent Hubert, President of Creative and Marketing. Based in New York, Robinson will now head the North American Business and Legal Affairs team, overseeing all responsibilities of the department.More
London, 2 February 2014 – You Me At Six have scored their first Number One album with the release of their fourth album Cavalier Youth. The album released through BMG’s Artist Services model, represents a real breakthrough for the Surrey-based band out-selling Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon by nearly two copies to one over the past seven days.More
New York, 29 January 2014 – BMG-signed songwriter and Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will perform at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show this Sunday.More
Los Angeles/New York, 27 January 2014 – BMG is pleased to congratulate its talented writers and artists whose work earned Grammys at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday, January 26th in Los Angeles.
BMG’s diverse group of writers received recognition across multiple categories. For Album of the Year, celebrated songwriter Paul Williams was recognized for his work on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The album was also awarded Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Williams accepted the award for Album of the Year on behalf of the silent Daft Punk twosome with a generous speech.More
Berlin/New York, 21 January 2014 – Music rights management company BMG has appointed Joe Gillen as Chief Financial Officer of BMG North America, based in New York.
Gillen will be responsible for Finance and Accounting together with Income Tracking and Royalty Audit. He officially took the post on 1 January 2014.More
Los Angeles, 13 January 2014 – BMG-signed Alex Ebert, frontman for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, was honored with Best Original Score at Sunday night’s 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, held in Los Angeles. Ebert was recognized for his work on J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost, the one-man shipwreck drama starring Robert Redford, beating out such legendary film composers as Hans Zimmer and John Williams. The soundtrack, his first film score, features ten original compositions and one new song all written, composed, and produced by Ebert.
The Golden Globes are determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 80 freelance journalists who write for overseas publications.
London, 10 January 2014 – BMG Chrysalis writers feature heavily throughout the nominations for the 2014 Brit Awards, announced in London last night. Leading the way are Laura Marling (nominated for Best Female Solo Artist), Bruno Mars (International Male Solo Artist), and Kings Of Leon who are nominated in the Best International Group category.More
Nashville, 8 January 2014 – Seven years following his solo debut, singer/songwriter Emerson Hart returns with Beauty In Disrepair, an intimate collection of songs about loss, rebirth, newfound love and family, released over BMG Artist Services. The first single, ‘The Best That I Can Give,’ premiered on USAToday.com, yesterday.More
New York, 19 December 2013 – Recently, BMG’s inhouse counsels from the worldwide BMG offices gathered in New York for the regular International Business & Legal Affairs Department Meeting to personally discuss current international topics and further optimize international collaborations and workflows across the team.More
New York, December 17, 2013 - BMG songwriter Bruno Mars has been recognized as Artist of the Year from Billboard Magazine for the achievements and chart domination he garnered throughout year. His sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox held a presence on the Billboard 200 following its Number Two debut in late 2012. The Grammy-winner had Number One singles for “When I Was Your Man,” and “Locked Out of Heaven” and the Top Five “Treasure” which kept the album in the weekly Top 20 until September. To date, Unorthodox Jukebox has sold over 1.8 million copies, making it the second best selling album of 2013. In its 12th week, the album hit Number One.More
BERLIN, 17 December 2013 – Music rights management company BMG announced today, that it has appointed Maik Pallasch as Managing Director Germany, Switzerland & Austria.
Maik Pallasch has worked in the music industry for over 15 years and joined BMG as Vice President German Repertoire in October 2011. Since then, he has added to the success of BMG’s German business by signing artists and writers such as Mando Diao, Sacha Skarbek and Raf 3.0 to the innovative company. Pallasch‘s previous career included positions at Sony/ATV Germany, B162, Suction Records in Toronto und Motor Music / PolyGram Germany.More
BERLIN, 16 December 2013 – BMG, the new model music rights management business, has appointed Fred Casimir to run its recordings business worldwide as Executive Vice President International Repertoire.
Casimir will have responsibility for both new recordings released through BMG Artist Services and for BMG’s substantial catalogue recordings business, including the Sanctuary and Mute Records catalogues.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “Developing our recordings business is a key strategic area for BMG. Fred has strongly contributed to the expansion of BMG’s business and to the development of BMG Artist Services. I am delighted that Fred is to take on worldwide responsibility for recordings.”More
Berlin/London, 12 December 2013 – Rights management company BMG has recognized the success of its UK operations with promotions for its UK senior executive team.
Alexi Cory-Smith has been promoted to Executive Vice President BMG Chrysalis UK and Mark Ranyard to Executive Vice President & CFO BMG Chrysalis UK.More
Berlin/London, 11 December 2013 – Music rights management company BMG has appointed John Dobinson, currently Chief Operating Officer of BMG Chrysalis UK and Europe, to a worldwide role overseeing its operations and administration functions covering both the publishing and recorded business.
In his new role as Group COO, Dobinson now has worldwide responsibility for Copyright, Royalties, and Contract Administration as well as Integration Management, Asset Management, Supply Chain Management and IT.More
IN CATEGORIES INCLUDING RECORD OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND BEST NEW ARTIST
New York, December 10, 2013: BMG is pleased to congratulate its writers and artists whose work has earned an impressive array of 52 Grammy nominations including major categories. The nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to be held in January 2014 were announced on Friday evening during a live concert featuring nominated artists.
BMG’s diverse group of writers received recognition across multiple categories. For Album of the Year, the company had a strong showing in the category with Paul Williams being nominated for Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, writers Victoria Legrand, Alex Scally, Roy Ayers, and Terrance Martin were nominated for Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Dan Wilson was nominated for Taylor Swift’s Red. The legendary Williams was also recognized for Random Access Memories with a nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album. For Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, The Great Gatsby soundtrack was nominated featuring Bryan Ferry’s vocal vision of ”Love Is the Drug.” Bryan Ferry first released the song as an instrumental version on his album The Jazz Age, released through BMG Artist Services.More
New York, 6 December 2013 – Music publisher Som Livre Edições Musicais, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has signed a sub publishing agreement with BMG covering North America, Israel and almost the entire European continent. BMG will represent Som Livre in these key markets to secure synchronization opportunities for its celebrated catalog of music including songs from the Latin Grammy winning singer Maria Gadú and the superstar artist Luan Santana.More
New York, 3 December 2013 – BMG Scandinavian artist Samsaya is making her first musical foray into the US with her new single ‘Stereotype’. The track is now available on iTunes, Soundcloud and can be downloaded for free HERE. The song’s vibrant video was filmed in India, directed by Patrick Katzman and can be watched below.
Samsaya, who was born in India and raised in Norway, mixes pop, dance, hip-hop, funk, and soul with traditional Indian sounds. Her club-ready tunes are influenced by everyone from Mary J. Blige, TLC and OutKast to renowned Indian singer Asha Bhosle. ’Stereotype’ is the first single from her forthcoming album Bombay Calling – to be released next year in the US over BMG Artist Services.More
London, 28 November 2013 – Robbie Williams’s new album Swings Both Ways, the first under a new deal between his Farrell Music publishing company and BMG Chrysalis UK, has entered the UK Official Album Chart at Number One. It is the 1000th album to hit the summit of the UK album chart.
New York, 26 November 2013 – Songwriter John Ryan has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Big Deal Music & BMG Chrysalis US under their joint venture.
John Ryan has co-written multiple One Direction hit songs including ‘Best Song Ever’ (Hot 100 #2, over one million singles sold in the US alone) and ‘Story of My Life’. Additionally, he has co-written cuts by Cody Simpson, JLS, Fifth Harmony, Avicii and Olly Murs, among many others.More
New York, 25 November 2013- BMG signed Glasvegas will kick off their eighth tour of the U.S. on 16 February 16 2014 in Washington DC at the Rock n Roll Hotel. Upon their return to the states for these intimate gigs, it will have been almost three years since their last U.S. shows.More
New York, 21 November 2013: The Eleven Seven Music Group has signed an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement with BMG Chrysalis US, covering both master and publishing rights. The companies will work together to secure sync opportunities for artists on Eleven Seven’s roster.
The Eleven Seven Music Group is a full service physical, digital and mobile record label group operating with global sales, distribution and marketing capabilities. The group comprises award-winning rock label Eleven Seven Music and Alt-Rock label, Five Seven Music. Eleven Seven Music Group was founded by industry veteran Allen Kovac in 2006.More
BERLIN, 20. November 2013 – The award-winning producer and songwriter Crada has entrusted his worldwide publishing interests to BMG/Edition Starting Lineup Music Publishing.
Crada has already worked with international stars like Drake, Alicia Keys, Emeli Sandé, La Fouine, Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Conor Maynard and Tinie Tempah and German top artists Tim Bendzko, Culcha Candela, Samy Deluxe and Yvonne Catterfeld.More
Nashville, 14 November 2013 - BMG Chrysalis US has announced a new joint venture with music industry veteran Darrell Franklin called Franklin Publishing & Writer Management. Franklin formerly served as head of the BMG Nashville office after the purchase of Crosstown Songs, which was a publishing partnership with longtime business partner, Dann Huff.
The initial signing to the JV is Chris Wallin, one of Music Row’s most sought after hitmakers, who has had success with chart-topping country artists including Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins and Brad Paisley.More
Nashville, 8 November 2013 – BMG is proud to congratulate its songwriters who took home awards this week recognizing their talent and success in the country music genre.
At the ASCAP Country Music Awards held on Monday, November 4, the celebration honored the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013. BMG writers to take home awards included Ashley Gorley for ‘Better Than I Used To Be’ by Tim McGraw, Neil Thrasher for ‘Fly Over States’ by Jason Aldean and ‘Banjo’ by Rascal Flatts, Hillary Lindsey for ‘Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)’ by Gary Allen and ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ by Carrie Underwood.More
BERLIN/MADRID, November 5, 2013 – BMG has appointed Daniela Bosé, a leading figure in the Spanish music publishing industry, as Managing Director of BMG Spain starting from 1 January 2014. Bosé will report to worldwide CEO Hartwig Masuch.
Most recently she has been Director of Business Development & Rights at Sony Music Entertainment Spain responsible for live rights, sponsorship, synch and brand partnerships.More
BERLIN/LONDON, November 4, 2013 – Grammy-nominated and two-time Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter and producer Sacha Skarbek has signed an exclusive worldwide songwriter agreement with BMG Germany.
Skarbek’s most recent success is co-writing ‘Wrecking Ball’, the second single from Miley Cyrus’s fourth album, Bangerz. Both single and album went straight to Number One in the US and UK.More
Nashville, November 1, 2013: Chris Oglesby has been appointed Vice President, Creative for BMG Chrysalis US’ Nashville office. Oglesby reports to Executive Vice President Kos Weaver and will support the development of the company’s dynamic roster of songwriters while expanding their creative opportunities.
Oglesby is a 28-year veteran of the business who has worked with some of country’s biggest artists and was involved with numerous chart-topping hits. His first step in the industry was at Almo/Irving Music before teaming up with Bob Doyle and Kye Fleming to launch Dreamcatcher Music. In 1994 Oglesby joined former BMG Music Publishing where during his 10 year run, he worked with established songwriters such as Marcus Hummon, Hugh Prestwood, John Hiatt, re-signed Craig Wiseman and signed emerging talent such as David Lee and Luke Laird. At the ‘old’ BMG, Oglesby was involved with hit songs including ‘Check Yes or No’ by George Strait, ‘Young’ by Kenny Chesney, ‘Born To Fly’ by Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood hits ‘So Small’ and ‘Temporary Home’ and ’God’s Will’ by Martina McBride.
In 2004, Oglesby moved on to songwriter management and created his own company, Oglesby Writers Management (OWM), which became part of industry powerhouse 19 Entertainment/CKX. During this time he continued to work at elevating the careers of writers managed and set up co-writes for 19 managed artists.
Weaver said: “Chris has a track record second to none. He is known throughout the songwriting/publishing universe as a true champion for songwriters. We are excited to have one of the best join our team at BMG.”
“I couldn’t be happier to be at the new BMG,” said Oglesby. “To be paired with Kos, his dedicated team and an amazing group of writers is a privilege and an honor. It is a recipe for great things.”
London, 31 October 2013 – BMG writers Laura Marling, Savages, James Newman and Foxes were all recognized for their stunning albums at this year’s ceremony for the 2013 Mercury Music Prize, which was held last night in London’s Roundhouse.More
London, 29 November 2013 – The song writing of BMG writers feature on the top three records in the UK album charts this week, with key cuts on each of Katy Perry’s Prism, James Blunts’ Moon Landing, and John Newman’s Tribute.More
New York, 23 October 2013- Attention all Heroes. Montreal’s Adventure Club unveiled their brand new EP Calling All Heroes – Part 1, yesterday in the US. This four-song collection, released via BMG Artist Services, includes the critically accalimed new single ‘Gold’ featuring Yuna.
‘Gold’ sees the Canadian duo of Christian Srigley and Leighton Callou transform bass music with whirling synths, shimmering melodies and elegantly crafted soundscapes and has properly paved the way for the EP. After premiering on Billboard.com, the song drew an array of critical acclaim. Waxhole wrote, “There’s a reason they’re flying high and carrying the banner for this melodic dubstep movement,” Dancing Astronaut called it “as blissful as ever,” and EDM Tunes declared, “This is just another gem from the skyrocketing superstars that are Adventure Club.”More
New York, 22 October 2013 – Moon Taxi, one of Nashville’s best young bands, premiered a special live performance video of their current single ‘The New Black’ on mtvU and Palladia, yesterday. Click here to see the video, that captures a few of the band’s most recent high-energy performances, including their headlining show for Nashville’s Live on the Green for over 11,000 fans.More
Milan, 22 October 2013 – Girasole, Giorgia Todrani’s publishing company and BMG Italy have signed an administration agreement, that covers most of Giorgia’s biggest hits including songs such as ‘E’ L’Amore Che Conta’, ‘Quando Una Stella Muore’, ‘Il Mio Giorno Migliore’, ‘Girasole’ and future releases.
As one of Italy’s most popular singer-songwriters, producers and radio hosts Giorgia has sold over six million records, with over twenty Top 10 and five Number One singles in the official Italian charts. The multi-talented musician has collaborated with top international artists of all genres like Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Luciano Pavarotti, Ronan Keating and Andrea Bocelli as well as iconic Italian pop singers like Mina, Eros Ramazzotti, Gianna Nannini and Jovanotti.More
LONDON/BERLIN, 17 October 2013 – Robbie Williams has signed a deal for BMG to represent his publishing company, Farrell Music Ltd.
BMG will now represent all of his songs dating back to his first songwriting credits for Take That in 1994 right up to his new album Swings Both Ways, which will be released on 18 November 2013 and is tipped to be one of the biggest albums of the year.More
Paris, 14 October 2013 – In memory of Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday, the album Red Hot & Fela with all revenues going to AIDS-projects, will be released tomorrow. The BMG-published Nigerian Afro-Beat artist passed away in 1997.
Red Hot & Fela is the latest part of the Red Hot series. The tracks feature covers of Fela Kuti’s timeless songs performed by contemporary artists of all genres such as QuestLove (of The Roots), My Morning Jacket, TV On The Radio, Angelique Kidjo, Kronos Quartet, Tony Allen, tUnE-yArDs and Chance the Rapper.More
New York, 10 October 2013 – Jay DeMarcus, songwriter, producer and one-third of Rascal Flatts has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with BMG Chrysalis US’ Nashville office.
DeMarcus’ songwriting, bass playing and background vocals helped propel the award-winning country band to international success. The band has released 13 Number One singles and 28 Top 40 singles, selling over 20 million records worldwide.
Rascal Flatts is known for hits such as ‘Mayberry,’ ‘Bless The Broken Road,’ ‘What Hurts The Most,’ ‘My Wish’ and ‘I Won’t Let Go.’ The band has played concerts for over seven million fans, and they have become one of the successful country bands of the past years, winning nearly 40 major awards including Country Music Association: CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2003 – 2008), a Grammy for Best Country Song for ‘Bless the Broken Road’ in 2006, People’s Choice Award for Favorite Group in 2009, and an American Country Award for ACA Decade Artist Award in 2012.More
London, 9 October 2013 – This week sees the release of the highly anticipated new albums from BMG published bands The Feeling and The Fratellis, both of which are also released through BMG Artist Services.More
Nashville/Berlin, 30 September 2013 – BMG publishing signed, Grammy Award-winning American rock band Kings Of Leon top the worldwide charts with their new album Mechanical Bull, securing Number One in the UK, Ireland and Australia and entering at #2 in Germany and the Netherlands.
With Mechanical Bull, the band members Caleb, Matthew, Jared and Nathan Followill, landed their third huge success after Only By The Night (2008) and Come Around Sundown (2011).
The album was released on 20 September 2013 in Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Australia, on 23 September 2013 in the UK and on 24 September 2013 in North America. Mechanical Bull is Kings Of Leon’s 6th studio album and contains both of their latest singles ‘Supersoaker’ and ‘Wait For Me’.
London, 12 September 2013 – BMG artists Laura Marling and Savages have been honoured with nominations for the respected Mercury Prize which honours the best new albums from Britain and Ireland.More
BERLIN / LONDON / NEW YORK. (3. September 2013) – BMG has entered into a strategic alliance with Primary Wave Music, one of the largest and most successful independent music companies in the US, which will involve Primary Wave marketing BMG/Primary Wave’s future new record releases in the US and BMG buying significant rights in Primary Wave’s music publishing assets.
The purchase will see BMG acquiring an interest in timeless songs such as Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘September’, Hall & Oates ‘Kiss On My List’, John Lennon’s ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘How Sweet it is’.More
New York, 27, August 2013: The Orwells, a rising grunge rock quintet from Chicago, have signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis US.
The band is comprised of Mario Cuomo (vocals), Dominic Corso (guitar), Matt O’Keefe (guitar), Grant Brinner (bass), and Henry Brinner (drums), who all graduated high school early in 2013 to focus on their musical careers. With growing buzz surrounding their electrifying sound, the young rockers were named to MTV’s Most Criminally Overlooked Artists in 2012.More
New York, 27 August 2013 – BMG congratulates its songwriter Carl Falk for being honored in the important category Song Of The Year at last week’s BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards for co-writing the worldwide hit ‘Starships’, performed by Nicki Minaj (UMP).
The Top Song was co-written by Carl Falk and produced in collaboration with Nicki Minaj, RedOne, Rami Yacoub and Wayne Hector. It was released on Nicki Minaj’s album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in April 2012 and one of the best-selling songs of the year.More
The deal covers Anderson’s work from the band’s 1993 Mercury Music Prize-winning debut album, Suede, widely cited as the inspiration and catalyst for the Britpop era right through to 2013’s Top 10 hit album, the critically-acclaimed Bloodsports. It covers Richard Oakes and Neil Codling’s songwriting contributions to the band since they joined in 1994 and 1996 respectively.More
Los Angeles/Nashville, 23 August 2013 – GoNorthToGoSouth, a collaboration of songwriters let by BMG-signed songwriter busbee and Ben West, who have collectively worked with some of the biggest names in music, will release their first EP Lost & Found in the US on 10 September 2013 via BMG Artist Services.More
Selling 115,878 record units of the highly anticipated self-titled album, The Civil Wars is the duo’s highest chart position until today. The writers’ new album has also been a great success internationally, entering the charts at #1 in Canada, #2 in the UK and #3 in Ireland.
The Grammy Award crowned folk-country-Americana duo Civil Wars consists of Nashville-based Joy Williams and John Paul White. With the release of their first full-length album Barton Hollow in 2012, highly acclaimed by the critics, the Civil Wars have exploded into a genre-crossing headlining act.
Los Angeles/London, 15 August 2013 – English R&B singer/songwriter Estelle and rights management company BMG have announced the launch of Estelle’s project ‘New London Records’, through BMG Artist Services.
Estelle originally signed to Chrysalis UK for publishing in September 2004, joined BMG when it took over Chrysalis as part of the merger of the two companies in 2011. Estelle has now signed to BMG Artist Services to release her upcoming album through the innovative Master Model which ensures her full creative control of her present and future music productions.
The EPs will be released in co-ordination with Estelle’s newly-established label and comprise the second and third part of her movie-inspired three-volume EP Love & Happiness. The first volume Love Jones was released as a free download in June 2013.More
Berlin, 14 August 2013 – BMG is happy to announce that Backstreet Boys’ much-anticipated album In A World Like This entered the Top5 album charts in many core territories and debuted at #16 in the UK. The LP was released by BMG Artist Services and marks the first time the band had full creative control throughout a release process.
On Monday, In A World Like This hit number three of the German album charts, while already securing leading chart positions in numerous countries such as #5 US, #2 Canada, #1 Netherlands, #1 Switzerland, #1 Taiwan and #5 Spain.More
US: Hit Songwriter And Producer Brett Beavers Signs Publishing Agreement With BMG And Big Deal Music
New York, 8 August 2013 – Nashville based songwriter and producer Brett Beavers has signed a publishing agreement with BMG and Big Deal Music as the first signing under the newly formed joint venture. As part of the deal BMG will provide global administration services and proactively exploit Beavers’ vast catalogue.More
Berlin, 5 August 2013 – German rock-metal band We Butter The Bread With Butter (WBTBWB) will release their third, long-awaited album Goldkinder via Heartwork Music, a partnership between Odyssey Music Network and BMG, this Wednesday in Japan, this Friday in Europe and on August, 13th in North America.More
London, 25 July 2013 –The BMG published Pet Shop Boys’ new album Electric has debuted at Number Three in the UK albums charts this week making it the legendary duos highest-charting studio album since Very topped the chart in 1993.More
New York, 23 July 2013 – Ryan Fitch was appointed to the position of Director, Marketing, Film & TV/Advertising at BMG Chrysalis US. Based in New York and reporting to Dan Rosenbaum, Vice President of Marketing & Licensing, Film & TV, Fitch will be spearheading all pitching and outreach efforts to the advertising community and will secure synch placements for BMG’s catalog.More
New York/Berlin, 18 July 2013 – Backstreet Boys, the best-selling boy band of all time, will release their latest album, In A World Like This, through BMG after signing a publishing and recording deal with the international rights management company.
The announcement comes as Backstreet Boys celebrate their 20th Anniversary and see all five original members back together again. The Grammy nominated pop vocal group has generated sales of over 130 million albums worldwide, won countless music industry awards, and ushered in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world’s radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records, and launched a new generation of teen idols. Backstreet Boys were recently honored with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame.More
Hilversum 12 July 2013 – Dutch multi-talented artist Kyteman, his label Kytopia and BMG Benelux have entered into a worldwide partnership. Kyteman has successfully released three albums, which have been awarded with gold and platinum status. Born as Colin Benders, he started his professional music career at a very early age and is best known for his projects Kyteman’s Hip-hop Orchestra and The Kyteman Orchestra.More
Los Angeles, 2 July 2013 – The Suspex, a fast rising LA-based writing and production team comprised of Jason Evigan and Mitch Allan, have penned Demi Lovato’s platinum certified, Top 5-charting single, ‘Heart Attack.’More
Berlin, 2 July 2013 – BMG-signed hiphop artists, songwriters and producers Genetikk consisting out of Karuzo and Sikk topped the German album charts with their third studio album D.N.A. released via Selfmade Records.More
New York, 27 June 2013: Famed songwriter Paul Williams, signed to BMG Chrysalis US, has co-written two songs ‘Touchʹ and ‘Beyondʹ on Daft Punk’s critically acclaimed album Random Access Memories. Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter, who is also President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP. His diverse catalog includes gems such as ʹWe’ve Only Just Begun,ʹ ‘Evergreenʹ and ‘Rainbow Connectionʹ and his songs have been recorded by a long list of musical luminaries.More
BERLIN, 25 June 2013 – Rights management company BMG has announced details of four key marketing and distribution deals in relation to its newly-acquired Sanctuary and Mute Records catalogues, encompassing some of the best-known artists in popular music.More
Berlin, 20 June 2013 – BMG has successfully concluded its annual International Synch Conference, which assembles participants of BMG’s global synch team in Berlin for discussions, updates and workshops.More
Los Angeles, 18 June 2013 - Award-winning composer producer, conductor and arranger, Christopher Lennertz, has signed a worldwide administration agreement with BMG Chrysalis US and a co-publishing arrangement on selected projects.More
Madrid, 18 June 2013 – BMG is proud to announce that indie-rock band Izal and jazz-swing group Dry Martina have been honored with the Spanish Independent Music Award.
Izal, led by Mikel Izal, triumphed in the category Best New Artist. Thanks to their smashing album Magia & Efectos Especiales (2012) the band has become one of the most promising Spanish groups of the moment.
Dry Martina, conceived by vocalist Laura Insausti in 2003, was awarded for the Best Jazz Album for Momento Perfecto (2012). Insausti thanked their fans, which have supported them during their last tour, and BMG in her speech.More
STOCKHOLM, 12 June 2013 – Swedish indie-folk trio VIDAR has signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia.
The trio consists of Emmy Deivert (percussion, drums, keyboard), Tuva Hardorp (vocals, harmonica, bass) and Maija Hardorp (vocals, guitar) who formed the band already in their teenage years.More
LONDON – 6 June 2013: Pet Shop Boys have signed a worldwide music publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK ahead of the release of their 12th studio album, Electric, on July 15, 2013.
The nine-track album was produced by Stuart Price in sessions in London, Berlin and LA and is a hotly-anticipated collection of new electronic dance songs.More
STOCKHOLM 4 June, 2013 – In January 2013 the Swedish rock quartet The Refreshments traveled to the USA to record a tribute album to their constant source of inspiration—Chuck Berry—in Sun Studios, the Mecka of rock history. It turned out to be a dizzifying experience for Joakim Arnell (vocals/bass), Johan ”J.B” Blohm (piano/vocals), Mats Forsberg (drums) and Jonas Göransson (guitar).More
Berlin/Gütersloh, 3 June 2013 –Bertelsmann announced today, that BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch and Bertram Stausberg, CEO of Be Printers, are joining Bertelsmann’s extended senior management, the Group Management Committee (GMC), with immediate effect.More
Los Angeles, 30 May 2013: Alexandra Flores has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Film & TV Marketing at BMG Chrysalis US. In her expanded role, Flores’ main responsibility will be to generate increased exposure for BMG’s artists and writers through strategic film and TV placement opportunities. Additionally, with an emphasis on synchronization licensing, Flores will partner with the A&R team to discover and sign new talent to BMG’s growing roster.More
Dublin, 23 May 2013 – BMG Ireland is delighted to announce the signing of The Strypes, a 4-piece rhythm and blues band hailing from Cavan, Ireland. The band was formed in 2011 by Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums).More
London, 22 May 2013 – The Bryan Ferry Orchestra have released an exclusive compilation of the music they have recorded for Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby.More
Berlin, 22 May 2013 – The American National Basketball Association NBA choses the song ‘Wie Kannst Du Nur’ by Indipendenza / BMG-artist Raf 3.0 for their NBA-finals promotion campaign FOREVER DIRK with Dirk Nowitzki.More
New York, 21 May 2013 - Music executive, composer, and artist Chris Munger has expanded his relationship with BMG Chrysalis US. Along with his band My World, Munger has signed a co-publishing agreement with BMG Chrysalis and will support the company as a consultant going forward. In this role, Munger will continue to bring AV opportunities for film and TV projects and scout new talent for BMG’s growing roster.More
New York, 17 May 2013: Grammy-winning songwriter, singer and guitarist Ben Harper has signed an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreement with BMG Chrysalis US.
Harper has been named one of the most innovative modern bluesmen and is internationally recognized for his live performances and distinguished songwriting craft.More
LONDON – BMG writers The Maccabees have been awarded one of the most outstanding accolades in songwriting, with their song ‘Pelican’ named Best Contemporary Song at the 2013 Ivor Novello Awards.
The band received their award at a ceremony in London where fellow BMG writer Gavin Rossdale, the creative force behind multi-million selling rock band Bush was also honoured with an International Achievement Award.More
Paris, 16 May 2013 – Nine BMG songwriters and artists were honored at this week’s Trace Urban Music Awards in Paris! A great night for the winners who succeeded in the following categories:More
BERLIN, 16 May 2013 – Music rights management company BMG has announced it has concluded the acquisition from Sony/ATV Music Publishing and EMI Music Publishing of a series of prestigious music publishing catalogs, including worldwide rights in the Virgin Music publishing companies, Famous UK Music Publishing and selected current songwriters.More
Madrid, 10 May 2013 – Madrid-based pop rock band The Noises returns with three-song EP Rapto.
The new material has been recorded in Madrid at Reno Studios and The House of Thousand Noises and produced by Marc Waterman, who previously worked with Depeche Mode, Ash, Ride and Elastica, among others.More
London, 9 May 2013 – Silence Yourself, the highly anticipated debut album from the BMG signed Savages, is released this week amidst a string of stellar reviews and growing support.More
BERLIN, 1 May 2013 – Music rights management company BMG has announced it has concluded the significant acquisitions of legendary recorded music catalogues Mute and Sanctuary from Universal Music Group.
The Mute catalogue includes master recordings from such artists as Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, Goldfrapp and Yazoo. The Sanctuary Records catalogue of 170,000 recordings contains works by the likes of Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Megadeth, The Kinks and Uriah Heep.More
NASHVILLE, 30 April 2013: Hillary Lindsey, renowned Grammy-winning Nashville-based songwriter has re-signed her administration agreement with BMG Chrysalis US.
Lindsey has enjoyed tremendous success with memorable songs performed by some of the biggest names in country music such as the Grammy-winning ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ (Carrie Underwood), ‘American Honey’ (Lady Antebellum), ‘A Little Bit Stronger’ (Sara Evans) and ‘This One’s for the Girls’ (Martina McBride).More
TOKYO/BERLIN, 29 April 2013 – Fuji Pacific and BMG proudly congratulate Sebastian Thott, who has been honored for his songwriting skills for Japanese boy band Exile’s ‘Rising Sun’ with the 2013 JASRAC Award.More
STOCKHOLM, 26 April 2013 – Swedish artist Jessica Andersson has signed a deal with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia to release her upcoming album under its innovative new model recording deal. The agreement follows her publishing agreement signed with BMG in 2012.More
Paris, 24 April 2013 – BMG France signed Femi Kuti recently released his new album No Place For My Dream via Naïve Network in Europe and Knitting Factory Records in the US.
The Nigerian multi-talented singer, songwriter and saxophone player has been nominated for the Grammy Awards three times for his works Fight To Win (2003), Day By Day (2010) and Africa For Africa (2012). Music has always been a huge part of his life, as he is Afro-beat legend Fela Kuti’s son. He formerly used to be a part of his father’s band and now continues his heritage successfully.More
Berlin, 22 April 2013 – The American rapper, producer and songwriter will.i.am has released his long-anticipated album #willpower.
After his chart-topping hit single releases ‘Scream & Shout’ featuring Britney Spears – which became Germany’s best-selling song in 2013’s first quarter – and ‘#thatpower’ featuring Justin Bieber, he has now published his fourth long player. On #willpower, will.i.am collaborated with artists like Chris Brown, Eva Simons, Miley Cyrus and Nicole Scherzinger among others.More
Los Angeles, 18 April 2013 – Chris Braide, British singer and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter and producer has signed an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis US.
During his career, Braide has worked with some of the most respected and influential artists in the world. Currently based in LA, Braide has composed songs for chart-topping artists such as David Guetta, Sia, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith and Yuna.More
Los Angeles, 18 April 2013 – BMG proudly congratulates its songwriters Dan Omelio, Steve Mac, Bruno Mars, Dan Wilson, Carl Falk, Ari Levine, Marlon Travis Barrows and Tyrone William Griffin, who won at the 30th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards last night.More
Paris, 18 April 2013 – BMG is proud to announce that Pop Noire, one of France’s hottest upcoming labels and production units, has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with BMG. Pop Noire’s catalogue includes shares to songs of Lescop, Savages and John & Lehn.
The French singer Lescop was honored with a nomination in the category Best Newcomer at this year’s Victoires De La Musique Awards. His self-titled debut album was released in October 2012 and went Top 40 in France.More
BERLIN/LONDON, 16 April 2013 – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s (OMD) new album English Electric, released under BMG’s innovative master model, enters the German Album charts at Number 10. It marks a major success for Synth-Pop Pioneers OMD, who celebrated their comeback in the original line-up after 20 years in 2010.More
London, 15 April 2013 – The BMG Chrysalis signed Yeah Yeah Yeah’s release their hotly anticipated fourth studio album Mosquito today.
Following a number of impressive recent live performances in the run-up to the album’s release, including a rousing performance on Letterman and a headline appearance at Coachella, Mosquito has received strong reviews and media coverage, with everyone from the New York Times to the Guardian filing extensive features on the band.More
LONDON, 12 April 2013: Bring Me The Horizon – currently celebrating the chart-topping release of their fourth album Sempiternal – have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with BMG Chrysalis UK.More
London, 11 April 2012 – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) release their 12th studio album this week through BMG’s unique masters model. English Electric is the second album since the reformation of the band’s classic 80’s line-up in 2006.More
STOCKHOLM, 10 April 2013 – Swedish DJ duo Kill FM has signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia through a co-publishing deal with Big Wednesday, becoming the first act of that partnership.
The electro/house/moombahton/dubstep duo consists of Kim Lindén and Jimmy Andersson who, living in different cities, started communicating with each other through a music forum where they shared ideas of songs and developed their concept.More
STOCKHOLM, 4 APRIL 2013 – Filip Sundberg, drummer of Swedish band Syket, has signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia for his solo project Tiger Forest Cat.
Tiger Forest Cat’s debut single ‘Everybody’s Running’ will be released on 14 April 2013, followed by the album Affairs Of The Heart in fall. The single has recently been premiered on the website/blog PSL, which is hosted by national Swedish television channel SVT.More
New York, 28 March 2013 – Soundgarden, the multi-platinum selling, revolutionary rock group fronted by songwriter, singer and guitarist Chris Cornell, have signed a worldwide administration agreement with BMG Chrysalis US. The deal includes acclaimed rock anthems such as ‘Spoonman’, ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Blow Up The Outside World’.
Soundgarden achieved monumental success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles written by Cornell such as ʽBlack Hole Sunʼ and ʽSpoonman.ʹ Following a 12 year hiatus since the band dominated the rock mainstream, Soundgarden reassembled in 2010 to record and tour, playing select sold-out dates before headlining the Lollapalooza Festival. Their highly anticipated Fall 2012 release, King Animal, the first album from the band in 16 years, continues to be one of the most critically acclaimed records of the band’s career. The band is kicking off their second leg of their North American tour in May 2013.More
New York, 26 March 2013 – The trailblazing metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan have premiered their new song ‘Prancer’, the first single off their much anticipated fifth album One Of Us Is The Killer.
The album is to be released through the band’s own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records (Animals As Leaders, The Faceless, Periphery) in North America. Party Smasher’s partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House (Helmet, Cancer Bats, Funeral For A Friend) for Japan and Remote Control (Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, MIA) in Australia.
The new single ‘Prancer’ is now available on iTunes, click here.More
New York, 26 March 2013 – Congratulations to Mayra Veronica for her Number One song! Only once in the history of the Billboard Dance charts has a Spanish song achieved the coveted Number One position, and arrived there as quickly as Mayra Veronica’s ‘Ay Mama Mia.’
The record, which was originally produced by Roy Tavare, the creator of hits for names such as Shakira and Ricky Martin, was remixed by other top industry producers such as Dave Aude’, Chocolate Puma, Razor N Guido, Robbie Rivera, and Sick Individuals.
The song broke records on YouTube, becoming an overnight sensation, after garnishing millions of views. The video featured the pin up Icon Bettie Page. Mayra Veronica is known for her representation (as the spokesperson) to the Bettie Page Clothing Brand “I am proud to have achieved a number one on the Billboard Charts and being in the prestigious company of other greats who have achieved this position such as Cher, Madonna and Beyonce” Mayra quotes.
Check out the sultry video for ‘Ay Mama Mia’!More
New York, 25 March 2013 – Big Deal Music, the newly formed publishing company reuniting longtime Chrysalis Music colleagues Kenny MacPherson, Dave Ayers and Jamie Cerreta with Michael McDonald and Pete Robinson, have signed an expansive administration agreement with BMG.
Under the agreement, BMG will provide global state-of-the-art administration and pro-active exploitation services to the Big Deal catalog in North America, Germany, UK, Scandinavia, France, Benelux, Spain & Italy. The deal further provides a framework, when appropriate, for the two companies to sign talent jointly.
Big Deal will continue in its mission of finding and nurturing unique talent. Artists already signed to the Big Deal roster include My Morning Jacket, Jim James, The Black Angels, Ethan Johns, Missy Higgins, FIDLAR, The Walkmen, Korey Dane and songwriters Brad Tursi and Lee Anna McCollum.
“We’re all very happy to be in business with BMG,” Kenny MacPherson commented. “Several of us have a long history with Chrysalis Music so there’s a comfort level here knowing we’ll be working alongside many of our friends. We look forward to growing our business along with them.”
Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG Rights Management, said: “I am absolutely excited to be working closely with Kenny again, one of the most credible people in the music industry and somebody I’ve known since our days at Warner Chappell in the late ’80s.”
Laurent Hubert, President Creative & Marketing at BMG Chrysalis US, added: “Kenny, Dave and Jamie at Big Deal are proven A&R aces. We are thrilled to pair our creative visions and administer a company focused on maximizing opportunities for exceptional songwriters.”More
LONDON – 22 March 2013 – Multi-platinum selling and Ivor Novello award-winning The Feeling have signed a masters and publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK for their fourth album due to be released later this year.
The Feeling have scored career sales of two million records in the UK. Their first album Twelve Stops And Home reached number two on the Official UK Album Chart and spawned a string of hit singles – ‘Never Be Lonely’, ‘Fill My Little World’, ‘Love It When You Call’ and ‘Rosé’, the latter securing a worldwide synch with Burberry. Its successor, Join With Us, debuted at Number One. The band were named Songwriters of the Year in 2007 at the Ivor Novello Awards.
The agreement with BMG comprises a worldwide publishing and recording deal for the new album, together with exclusive songwriter agreements with frontman Dan Gillespie Sells and bass player Richard Jones to facilitate their writing for and with other artists.More
Berlin, 21 March 2013 – BMG has struck a deal with the Berlin-based Odyssey Music Network to market and promote a wave of new rock, alternative and metal signings to its masters model.
The deal involves the creation of a new partnership, Heartwork Music, in which BMG will manage the release process, while Odyssey will look after marketing and promotion.
The first acts to benefit from the partnership will be The Dillinger Escape Plan and We Butter The Bread With Butter.
Björn Meyer, Label Manager at Odyssey Music Network, said: “BMG’s modern approach to master rights in partnership with artists is a natural fit with the Odyssey Music Network concept. The strong line-up of artists Heartwork Music is already representing shows the appeal of the BMG Masters Model.”More
Madrid, 13 March 2013 – BMG is happy to announce the release of the Spanish pop rock band Everlyn’s debut A Ticket To The Moon. The album is available for sale here.
Fronted by the stunning Karol Arribas, the band recorded their debut album A Ticket To The Moon with Berlin-based producer Flo Nowak, their most commercial music to date. The songs ‘Dreams Are For Those Who Sleep’ and ‘What Goes Around’ which features Arribas’ booming vocals and the quirky ‘Analogies’ already created a buzz and have their fans outside of Spain. The LP was recently selected by Spain’s Rockzone Magazine as one of the Most Anticipated albums of 2013.More
Berlin, 12 March 2013 – BMG songwriters Christopher Braide, Erik Bernholm, Manuel Reuter and Tony Cornelissen have credits in the songs representing the UK, Georgia and Germany at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Also, BMG artist Margaret Berger is taking part in Europe’s biggest music competition for her country Norway.
‘Believe In Me’ will be performed by rock legend Bonnie Tyler representing the UK, a song co-written by Christopher Braide together with Desmond Child and Lauren Christy.
Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani will present the song ‘Waterfall’, co-written by Erik Bernholm, as representatives of Georgia. Cascada will represent Germany with ‘Glorious’. The song is co-written by BMG writers Manuel Reuter and Tony Cornelissen.
Margaret Berger will represent Norway with ‘I Feed You My Love’.
The Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held for the 58th time in 2013, is considered Europe’s most important music competition. This year’s show will take place in Malmö, Sweden, on 18 May 2013, 21:00 CEST and will be watched by more than 125 million people worldwide.
Alvin Lee was unquestionably one of the greatest guitarists of his age.
He was there from the start. Without him there would have been no Chrysalis.
Alvin Lee played a pivotal role in the foundation of Chrysalis, the company I started with Terry Ellis in 1968. Chrysalis really began when Alvin’s group came up to Manchester in 1966 to play a small student blues club I ran. I signed them to a management contract, and, later, under their new name Ten Years After they subsequently joined both Chrysalis Records and Chrysalis Music.More
London, 11 March 2013 – After 32 consecutive weeks of steady climbing, Young Guns have hit Number One on the Active Rock radio chart with ‘Bones’ the lead single and title track from their debut album. In what is a tremendous achievement for the band, ‘Bones’ now has the distinction of being the longest un-broken march to the top of the charts and of being the only new act in the chart’s Top 10, while the video has amassed an astonishing 1.7 million hits on Youtube (see below).More
NASHVILLE, 8 March 2013 – Music publishing veteran Kos Weaver will join BMG as Executive Vice President to oversee the Nashville Operations and continue build and expand BMG’s current roster. Weaver will start in this position on March 15th and will report directly to Laurent Hubert, President, Creative and Marketing at BMG Chrysalis North America.
Weaver joins BMG with nearly 30 years of experience in the music industry, beginning his career as a touring musician who later worked with and developed top songwriting and artist talent including Dave Berg, Jim Collins, Tim James, Wynn Varble, Brantley Gilbert (Valory Music Co.) and Canaan Smith (Mercury Records).More
London, 7 March 2013 – Virtuoso guitarist Alvin Lee, once dubbed “the fastest guitar in the West”, has died at the age of 68 in a hospital in Spain.
The former frontman of blues-rock band Ten Years After played a pivotal role in the history of Chrysalis. The company’s co-founder, now Chairman of BMG Chrysalis UK, Chris Wright, started his career in the music business managing Lee in 1966. Lee went on to be one of the first signings to Chrysalis in 1969, a relationship he has maintained with the company to this day.
Lee’s virtuoso performance of ‘I’m Going Home’ at the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969 was later acclaimed as one of the weekend’s highlights. Following their appearance in the festival’s iconic documentary film, Ten Years After became a huge draw on the festival and arena circuit. In total they released ten albums with Lee as band leader.
Key to their success was always Lee’s guitar-playing. Said Wright, “He was unquestionably one of the greatest guitarists of his age and right up alongside Clapton, Hendrix, Beck, et al.”More
Berlin / Gütersloh / New York, March 1, 2013 – We can confirm that, as of today, Bertelsmann has decided to take over BMG as a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of the group. Please see the joint press release from Bertelsmann and KKR below:
Bertelsmann Acquires Full Ownership of Music Company BMG
- KKR sells its stake following successful build-up
- BMG has been jointly developed into a leading global music company
- Bertelsmann strengthens its growth area of music rights management
Gütersloh / New York, March 1, 2013 – Bertelsmann, the international media group, is taking full ownership of the innovative music rights management company BMG by acquiring the shares currently held by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), and will continue to develop BMG as a wholly owned subsidiary. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is scheduled to close during the first half of this year. The parties have agreed to keep the financial details of the transaction confidential. BMG administers the rights to more than one million songs, including works by such artists as Bruno Mars, Duran Duran, Gossip, Johnny Cash, and Will.i.am. It also represents the master rights (composition and recording) of artists who include Brian Ferry, Nena and Anastacia.More
Hilversum, 27 February 2013 – Platinum selling Dutch singer Wende has signed a masters deal with BMG Benelux. Under the agreement, her new album Last Resistance will be released on 10 May 2013 in BeNeLux and Germany in 2014 through BMG.
On this 4th studio album – her first international cooperation and recorded at the Hansa Studios in Berlin - Wende shows a different side of herself: She worked together with producers Nackt (Apparat, Warren Suicide) and Tilman Hopf and asked Michael Ilbert (The Hives, Royal Republic, Pink) to mix the album. The artist, who was awarded with a Gouden Harp as well as two Edison Awards, mixes a variety of styles including pop, and electro.More
London, 28 February 2013 – BMG artists were among the night’s biggest winners at the annual NME Awards held at a ceremony in London’s Troxy last night (February 27). Johnny Marr was awarded the Godlike Genius award and The Cribs were awarded with the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award. The Maccabees took home the Best Album award for the Mercury Prize nominated Given To The Wild.More
New York, 26 February 2013 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recently collaborated with Dave Grohl for a new song called ‘Heaven and All’ which will be featured in the Sound City film as well as the lead track on the official soundtrack Sound City: From Reel to Real.
The documentary tells the story of the famous Los Angeles music studio Sound City and the Neve console where many of rock’s great albums have been made. In addition BRMC, Grohl teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, Kyuss and Cheap Trick, as well as singers Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, Lee Ving and Corey Taylor and violinist Jessy Greene to record songs for the soundtrack. You can currently pre-order the disc ahead of its March 12 release date.
You can pre-order the soundtrack now!More
Stockholm, 25 February 2013 – Mikhael Paskalev has signed an exclusive worldwide songwriter agreement with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia.
The success story for young Norwegian/Bulgarian artist Mikhael Paskalev started with the release of his first single ever, the platinum selling ‘I Spy’, which became a hit in Norway after winning the annual unsigned artist competition Årets Urørt in 2012.
Paskalev’s music is best described as pop with a twist, and roots in indie and alternative country rock, inspired by names such as Paul Simon, The Shins, Edward Sharpe, The Mamas and the Papas and The Everly Brothers.More
Stockholm, 22 February 2013 – Norwegian punk band Honningbarna has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia.More
Paris, 22 February 2013 – BMG Rights Management France (BMG) and Francis Kertekian announced a definitive agreement under which BMG has acquired FKO Music (FKO) and under which Kertekian and BMG will work together on the development of future signings and new acts through a co-pub agreement with Kertekian’s new company FKGC. Furthermore, Kertekian will remain closely involved in the exploitation and promotion of the FKO catalog and the liaison with FKO artists and representatives.More
Madrid, 21 February 2013 – BMG is happy to announce that Soraya, one of the most influential Spanish dance pop artists, has entered the Official Spanish Download Chart on Number One with her new song ‘Con Fuego’.
On this single Soraya collaborated with Los Angeles born rapper Aqeel, who is now based in Madrid. ‘Con Fuego’ was produced by BMG songwriter team Tracklacers, namely Jon Keep and Steve Daly (Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lana del Rey), between London and Los Angeles.More
London, 21 February 2013 – BMG artist Frank Ocean has been named Best International Male Solo Artist at the 2013 Brit Awards held at The O2 in London last night.More
Still Working Music and BMG Chrysalis US Launch Joint Publishing Venture
Hit Songwriter Tommy Lee James is the First Signing
New York, 19 February 2013: Music publishing company Still Working Music and BMG Chrysalis US have announced the formation of a strategic joint venture to discover and nurture new talent and sign established songwriters.
Nashville-based Still Working Music was founded by Barbara Orbison, who was a celebrated music executive and wife of the legendary Roy Orbison. BMG has worked with the Orbison catalog since 2002.
Both companies will combine their creative resources to expand opportunities for songwriters signed to the roster.More
BERLIN, 15 February 2013 – Music rights management company BMG has announced it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Sanctuary Records from Universal Music.
The proposed sale, which is subject to regulatory approval by the European Commission (EC), forms part of a series of divestments mandated by the EC following Universal’s purchase of EMI Recorded Music.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “We are delighted to have won the opportunity to work with the exceptional line-up of artists in the Sanctuary catalogue. We have made no secret of our ambition to create a new force in the music industry focused on delivering service and revenue to artists. We believe this deal will be good news for those artists, good news for our partners particularly in the independent sector and good news for the music industry as a whole.”
The Sanctuary catalogue includes over 170,000 recordings from such legendary labels as Bronze, Creole, Immediate, Jet, Transatlantic, Trojan, Sugarhill, Pye and Solar, among them:More
New York, 14 February 2013 – Dominating any room with their infectious energy and explosive live performance, Hank & Cupcakes are bringing their balance of Hank’s cool progression on the bass and Cupcake’s lyrical hooks and percussive assault on their US tour, which kicks off next week in NYC. Hank & Cupcakes recently released their Ain’t No Love EP on BMG and today they are sharing the synth heavy, vivacious remix of ‘Sweet Potion,’ created by legendary producer RJD2, which just premiered on Prefix.
Hank & Cupcakes are also partnering up with SoundCloud for the ‘Ain’t No Love’ remix competition that just launched today. Fans are asked to create and submit their rendition of ‘Ain’t No Love’ for the chance to win a Moog’s award-winning analog synthesizer, the Slim Phatty in black, a SoundCloud Premium account for one year, and the chance to have their remix featured on the band’s upcoming debut album.More
New York, February 12, 2012 - BMG artist Bryan Ferry celebrates the release of his album The Jazz Age, which has been released today and has been called “Ferry’s most radical work yet,” by Pitchfork.
Bryan Ferry recently sat down with The New York Times to discuss his new album, which features some of his most famous compositions as instrumentals.More
London, 12 February 2013 – Modestep, published by BMG Chrysalis UK on behalf of Josh and Tony Friend, release their long awaited debut album Evolution Theory this week having amassed over 22 million YouTube hits and built a strong reputation for their live performances.More
Los Angeles / Berlin, 11 February 2013 – Congratulations to all artists and writers that triumphed at last night’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards! Find detailed information, photos and videos about this glamorous night on the official Grammy website.
BMG-signed artists and writers won in the following categories:More
Paris, 11 February 2013 – BMG is proud to announce that Skip The Use won the award for Best Rock Album at Les Victoires de la Musique 2013 with their gold-selling album Can Be Late!.
During the award show last Friday, the band played a stunning performance at Le Zenith in Paris, where the event took place.
Congratulations on this great success!More
MILAN, 11 February 2013 – Marta Sui Tubi, one of Italy’s most respected live bands, will release their new album Cinque – La Luna e Le Spine through BMG’s Master Model on 14 February 2013 in Italy.
The band has played over 140 sold-out concerts in the past two years and successfully collaborated with iconic Italian songwriter Lucio Dalla.More
New York, 5 February 2013 – Super Bowl XLVII reached an audience of 100 million+ and 30 second advertising spots were sold for 4 million dollars apiece. BMG synced music for several of these coveted ad slots which are such to be talked about long after the big game.More
New York, 05 February 2013 – BMG Chrysalis US has announced a publishing joint venture with Bella Union Songs, the publishing division of Bella Union Records.
Under the arrangement, BMG will provide worldwide rights management services to artists signed to the JV. Both companies will jointly provide creative support to further develop songwriting talent and expand opportunities internationally.
Bella Union Records is headed by Simon Raymonde who founded the UK-based indie label in 1997 with a strong intuition for discovering and nurturing talent. Raymonde and Bella Union have helped build the careers of cutting-edge artists such as Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Father John Misty, The Walkmen, Explosions in The Sky and Flaming Lips.More
New York, 5 February 2013 – Matt Pond’s new album The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand is out today on BMG.
With the new album, Matt Pond is stepping forward with striking honesty and humbling optimism and delivers his strongest work to date. With this transformative record come some distinct changes – removing the ‘PA’ that has accompanied his name for nearly a decade and his first official ‘solo’ record, released throught the BMG Master Model. The album’s first single will be ‘Love To Get Used’.More
Berlin, 4 February 2013 – BMG artists and songwriters are recognized in a number of nominations for the ECHO 2013, the most important German music award. The ECHO show takes place on 21 March 2013 at the Palais im Funkturm in Berlin, assembling international as well as national artists and industry representatives.
The following works are nominated for the ECHO 2013 and represented by BMG:
Category: Album of the Year
Die Toten Hosen for Ballast der Republik
Unheilig for Lichter der Stadt
(BMG controlled song: ‘Wie Wir Waren’ (co-written by Andreas Bourani))
Category: Male Artist Rock/Pop National
David Garrett for Music
Heino for Mit freundlichen Grüßen
(BMG controlled song: ‘Haus Am See’ (Pierre Baigorry, The Krauts))
Category: Female Artist Rock/Pop National
Nena for Du Bist Gut
Y’Akoto for Babyblues
Mandy Capristo for Grace
(BMG controlled songs: Side Effects’ (Toby Gad), ‘It Don’t Matter’ (Mathias Wollo), ‘Risque’ (Sebastian Thott), ‘Intense’ (Shelly Peiken), ‘Pulse’ (Shelly Peiken, Kasia Livingston))
Ivy Quainoo for Ivy
(BMG controlled songs: ‘Do You Like What You See’ (Vincent Stein), ‘Glass Houses’ (Alex Geringas), ‘Walk Man’ (Vincent Stein))
Category: Female Artist Rock/Pop International
P!nk for The Truth About Love
(BMG controlled songs: ‘Try’ (Busbee, Benjamin West), ‘The Truth About Love’ (Billy Mann, David Schuler), ‘Beam Me Up’ (Billy Mann), ‘Where Did The Beat Go?’ (Billy Mann, Jon Keep, Steve Daly), ‘The Great Escape’ (Dan Wilson), ‘Good Old Days’ (Billy Mann, David Schuler), ‘The King Is Dead But The Queen Is Alive’ (Billy Mann))
Lana Del Rey for Born To Die
(BMG controlled song: ‘Diet Mountain Dew’ (Mike Daly)
Category: Group Rock/Pop National
Die Toten Hosen for Ballast der Republik
Category: Group Rock/Pop International
Gossip for A Joyful Noise
Category: Folk Music
Andreas Gabalier for Volksrock’n'Roller – Live
Kastelruther Spatzen for Leben und leben lassen
Category: Hip-Hop / Urban National / International
Max Herre for Hallo Welt!
(BMG songwriter Roberto Di Gioia)
Kollegah & Farid Bang for Jung, Brutal, Gutaussehend 2
Seeed for Seeed
(BMG songwriter The Krauts, Billy Mann)
Category: Club / Dance National / International
Deichkind for Befehl von Ganz Unten
(BMG songwriter and producer Roland „Roy“ Knauf)
Category: Rock / Alternative National
Unheilig for Lichter der Stadt
(BMG controlled song: ‘Wie Wir Waren’ (co-written by Andreas Bourani))
Category: Newcomer National
Ivy Quainoo for Ivy
(BMG controlled songs: ‘Do You Like What You See’ (Vincent Stein), ‘Glass Houses’ (Alex Geringas), ‘Walk Man’ (Vincent Stein))
Category: Newcomer International
Lana Del Rey for Born To Die
(BMG controlled song: ‘Diet Mountain Dew’ (Mike Daly)
Category: Song of the Year
‘One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix)’ by Asaf Avidan & The Mojos
‘Tage Wie Diese’ by Die Toten Hosen
Die Toten Hosen with ‘Noches Como Estags – Live in Buenos Aires’
Category: Best Video National
Die Toten Hosen for ‘Tage Wie Diese’
Vincent Stein aka Beatzarre for Bushido’s ‘Kleine Bushidos’
Category: Radio Echo
‘Tage Wie Diese’ by Die Toten Hosen
‘Standing Still’, co-written by Steve Robson (performing artist Roman Lob)
Category: Producer National
Die Toten Hosen for Ballast der Republik
Seeed for Seeed
(BMG songwriter The Krauts, Billy Mann)
Category: Critics’ Choice
Deichkind for Befehl von Ganz Unten
(BMG songwriter and producer Roland „Roy“ Knauf)
Congratulations to all Echo 2013 nominees!
Find more info on the official Echo website.
LOS ANGELES, CA 31 January 2013 – The Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing and masters agreement with BMG Chrysalis US. Boyz II Men is the most successful R&B group of all time, having sold over 60 million albums and generating three of the longest-running number one pop singles in history during their 20 year career.
Boyz II Men was formed in Philadelphia in 1990 and is known for their heartfelt ballads and blended harmonies heard on fan favorites such as ‘Motown Philly,’ ‘I’ll Make Love to You’ and the Grammy-winning ‘End of the Road.’ The soulful trio just concluded a worldwide tour in support of their most recent album Twenty, which debuted at Number One on the iTunes R&B Soul Album chart. The legendary group was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2012 — and to kick off the new year, the band announced a headlining residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Starting in March, the band will play weekend shows throughout the end of the year at the famed entertainment venue.More
New York, January 31, 2013 – This week at Midem, Sprint and Wilco were recognized for the groundbreaking commercial introducing the new EVO 4G LTE phone which was unveiled in the Summer of 2012. The award was part of the Midem Marketing Competition, which showcases the most innovative music marketing campaigns and music in advertising.More
New York, January 30, 2012 – Music legend Johnny Cash’s legacy will live on in yet another form, as The United States Postal Service has announced that a Johnny Cash stamp will be issued this year as part of its new “Music Icons” series. The stamp will feature a photograph by Frank Bez taken for 1963′s Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. The black-and-white design is meant to resemble a 45 rpm record sleeve.More
London, 30 January 2013 – BMG Chrysalis UK signing Pure Love have premiered an exclusive Director’s Cut video of ‘Beach of Diamonds’ taken from their forthcoming debut album Anthems.
Pure Love are former Gallows frontman Frank Carter and New York-native Jim Carroll. Having met at a gig in New York the pair hit it off and began sharing ideas and shaping what would become the complex mix of pop and heavier guitar songs that typifies the sound on the duo’s debut album.More
HILVERSUM, 28 JANUARY 2013 – Multi-million-selling Dutch symphonic rock band Within Temptation have signed a masters deal with BMG for their upcoming album, expected in September 2013, in partnership with their management AT Productions & Eye Sound.
Formed in 1996 by long-term partners Sharon den Adel (vocals) and Robert Westerholt (guitar), Within Temptation combine the epic scale of movie soundtracks with dark gothic and metal influences.
The band has sold over three million albums worldwide scoring 30 Gold and Platinum awards.
Previously signed to traditional record companies, Within Temptation have now opted for the BMG masters model which offers a partnership-based approach to releasing records in which artist and company jointly agree every aspect of a release including budget, and artists potentially earn far more than is possible under legacy recording deals.More
New York, 25 January 2013 – When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called ‘Sun Blows Up Today’ in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that’s exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai’s four spots during the big game, a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name. Writing a song for a Super Bowl spot is a rare move for a major act – let alone one with a legacy as unusual as the Flaming Lips.More
New York, January 18, 2013- BMG signed singer-songwriter Mayra Veronica has premiered the new video for her new single ‘Ay Mama Mia’. The track is also the official theme song for the new IFC Film The Sons of The Buena Vista Social Media Club Musica Cubana impacting theaters worldwide in 2013.
Having dazzled the club scene with her 2011 Top 5 Dance hit, ‘Freak Like Me’, Mayra has returned to her Cuban roots on this new single. The song has been decorated with an all star remixing team consisting of Dave Aude’, Chocolate Puma, Robbie Rivera, Razor N Guido and Sick Individuals.More
New York, January 18, 2013 – BMG signed prog-rock group The Dear Hunter played their 36-song compilation The Color Spectrum (made of 9 EP’s) from front to back. The sold out show took place at the intimate Somerville Theater outside Boston, MA. Luckily enough, the special event was filmed and is set for release on March 12th, 2013.More
Berlin, 18 January 2013 – BMG-signed artist, songwriter and producer will.i.am tops the charts at Number One in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Finland and Norway with his hit single ‘Scream & Shout’ featuring Britney Spears.More
New York, 16 January 2013 – BMG Chrysalis US has reached a broad agreement with legendary NYC-based Strictly Rhythm, the label celebrated for its high quality dance music. Under the arrangement, BMG will acquire the masters catalog of Strictly Rhythm and will administer the music publishing rights worldwide.
The catalog includes crossover hits such as Reel 2 Real’s ‘I Like To Move It,’ (featured as the theme song in the Madagascar films) Ultra Naté’s ‘Free,’ Wamdue Project’s ‘King Of My Castle’ (which reached Number One on the UK Singles Chart), Wink’s ‘Higher State Of Consciousness,’ and Planet Soul’s ‘Set U Free’ (which reached Gold status in the US).
Established in 1989 by businessman Mark Finkelstein and A&R Gladys Pizarro, Strictly Rhythm quickly rose to global prominence and played a pivotal role in the early definition of house music. The independent label gained a massive following with club DJs and fans and has remained a steady powerhouse for releasing top dance music by an impressive array of artists including Erick Morillo, Todd Terry, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, Ultra Naté and Barbara Tucker.More
Berlin, 14 January 2013 – BMG, the international music rights management company, has appointed Robert Stegmüller as Vice President of Copyright, a key role driving BMG’s administrative services to writers and artists.
Stegmüller is one of Europe’s most experienced music publishing executives with a career which has encompassed stints at SBK Songs, Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing. Most recently, he was General Manager of Warner Chappell GSA for seven years.
New York, January 11, 2012- BMG signed artist Josh Krajcik’s debut album is highlighted in Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums for 2013. Krajcik was runner up on season 1 of The X Factor and is set to expand upon this success in 2013. Rolling Stone adds he is “like a combination of young Joe Cocker, Bob Seger and old Joe Cocker.” Be on the lookout for the still-unnamed debut record!
London, 11 January 2013 – BMG songwriting talent has been recognised in a number of nominations for the 2013 Brit Awards. In the British Album of The Year Category Plan B’s Ill Manors, produced by Al Shux, has been nominated, as has Paloma Faith’s Fall to Grace on which Toby Gad, Dan Wilson, Sam Dixon and Shux all contribute. Rizzle Kicks’ ‘Mama Do The Hump’ has been nominated in the British Single of The Year category.More
Berlin/London 11 January 2013 – BMG has signed a worldwide deal with synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) to release their next studio album under its innovative new model recording deal.
The new album will follow on from the success of History Of Modern, the 2010 self-released album which marked the comeback of their original line-up which split in 1989, and went on to sell over 100,000 copies worldwide.
BMG handled the music publishing for History Of Modern and will also publish the new album.More
New York, January 4, 2012- BMG recording artist Matt Pond is featured on Noisetrade with a free EP featuring acoustic versions of songs off his forthcoming album The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand. His first solo full length album will be released February 5th, 2013 via BMG.
Click HERE to download The Natural LinesMore
New York, 03 January 2013: D-Pryde, a 19-year-old Canadian rapper/singer/songwriter with over 57 million YouTube views, has signed an exclusive publishing and masters agreement with BMG Chrysalis US.
In addition to the worldwide publishing arrangement, BMG will release D-Pryde’s debut EP through their new masters division, which aims to give artists full creative control and a larger share of revenue then a traditional record deal.More
New York, 28 December 2012 – Congratulations to all artists and songwriters named to be among the 2012 Top 50 albums from the Rolling Stone Magazine.More
New York, 26 December 2012 – Congratulations to BMG songwriters Dan Omelio, Ash Frances Howes, Steve Mac, David Gamson and Carl Falk, whose works are credited in six of the Top 10 of Billboard’s Best of 2012 Hot 100 Songs list.
Dan Omelio’s co-written ‘Payphone’ performed by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa is Billboard’s fourths best song of 2012. Ellie Goudling and the BMG writer Ash Frances Howes are represented on position five with the single ‘Lights’. Steve Mac co-wrote The Wanted’s ‘Glad You Came’, which is listed on number six in the list. Furthermore, David Gamson is successful on position seven with ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ by Kelly Clarkson. On nine and 10, Carl Falk is featured with Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ and One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’.
Congratulations to all our writers to this great success!
Berlin, 22 December 2012 – BMG has reached an agreement to acquire the catalogue of the legendary Mute Records label from Universal Music Group, subject to regulatory approval by the European Commission. The agreement includes recordings by the likes of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Nick Cave and Moby.
The acquisition is the first to result from the disposal of assets ordered by the European Commission following Universal Music’s acquisition of EMI Records. BMG says it will continue to pursue further acquisition opportunities regarding master rights.
The agreement is pending subject to regulatory approval by the European Commission.More
BERLIN, 21 December 2012 – BMG has announced that it has signed a binding contract to acquire selected music publishing catalogs, including the worldwide rights for the Virgin Music Publishing Companies, Famous UK Music Publishing and selected current songwriters from Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing.
These include some of the biggest pop hits of the past three decades from artists such as Take That, Kurt Cobain, Tears for Fears, The Human League, Iggy Pop, Duffy, Mark Ronson and The Kooks.More
New York, 21 December 2012: Cutting-edge electronic musician Bassnectar has signed an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with BMG Chrysalis US.
Bassnectar is one of the longest standing and most respected artists in American electronic dance music and is distinguished for his riveting live performances that have gained him a loyal following of “Bass heads.”More
New York, 20 December 2012 – Bruno Mars stopped The Voice to perform his new hit single “When I Was Your Man” off his just released album Unorthodox Jukebox. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and sets up Mars up for an incredible 2013!More
Paris, 20 December 2012 – Platinum and Gold selling French-Nigerian singer and songwriter ASA signed an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreement with BMG France.
Born in Paris and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, ASA grew up with her father’s record collection and, inspired by international successful artists like Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley, developed her own musical style. Her songs combine pop, R&B, funk and reggae elements with English and Yoruba lyrics. ASA’s first self-entitled album was released in 2008 and earned Platinum status in France. ASA’s second record Beautiful Imperfection (2010) was awarded Gold in France and brought the talented artist a Victoires De La Musique nomination for ‘Best Female Act’. The BBC calls her “a twenty-first century Bob Marley.”More
Stockholm, 19 December 2012 – We are happy to announce that twelve BMG writers and artists are nominated for the 2013 Swedish Grammy Awards, Grammis 13, which will be awarded in Stockholm on February 20.More
MADRID, 18 December 2012 – The multi-platinum singer and winner of several awards, including the Ondas Award and the 40 Principales Award (the most influential Spanish radio station), has signed his first publishing contract with BMG. The agreement includes the album El Murmullo Del Fuego, currently being promoted, and the next album to be released in 2014. Over more than a decade of career, Macaco has numerous hit songs with extensive media coverage and has endorsed different campaigns of renowned brands such as Phillips, National Geographic and Braun, among others.
Macaco’s new album, El Murmullo Del Fuego, is entirely composed by Dani Macaco and produced by Dani Macaco, Jules Bikôkô and Roger Rodés. It is a brilliant album that opens wide spaces to bring a dose of joy in these shady times. Macaco bets for natural, simple and handmade songs that have the ability to create engaging choruses of strong ethno-musical and reggae roots as the main inspiration. A good example of the sound of this album is the first single, “Love Is The Only Way”, song used in the summer campaign of Orange, which contains all the elements that make Macaco one of the most personal artists in the music scene.More
London, 17 December 2012 – Bruno Mars’ second album, Unorthodox Jukebox has become the fastest selling solo album 2012 as it enters the UK album charts at Number One with huge sales of 136,000 in its first week.More
New York, 17 December 2012: John Fullbright, an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma, has signed an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreement with BMG Chrysalis US. The young talent, who is being hailed as a budding songwriting legend, has been performing in festivals since his high school days and recorded his 2009 debut album, Live at the Blue Door, at Oklahoma City’s renowned venue, The Blue Door. Since then, Fullbright’s music and performances have garnered praise from The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and NPR and he has opened for some of the biggest names in Americana music.
Most recently, Fullbright was nominated for a Grammy alongside other established artists for Best Americana Album for this year’s From the Ground Up, cementing his deserved spot among music’s elite. Earlier in the year, he was recognized by ASCAP with the Harold Adamson Lyric Award. Fullbright continues to tour throughout the US and will perform in the UK in early 2013.More
WORK OF BMG WRITERS RECOGNISED IN 42 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IN CATEGORIES
INCLUDING RECORD OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND BEST NEW ARTIST
New York, 13 December 2012 - BMG is pleased to congratulate 44 of its writers whose work has earned an impressive array of 42 Grammy nominations including major categories. The nominations were announced last week for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, to be held in February 2013.
R&B sensation Frank Ocean was among the most nominated artists this year, landing a remarkable six nods including the highly anticipated Best New Artist award, Record of the Year for the singles ‘Thinkin Bout You’ and Album of the Year for his major-label debut Channel Orange.More
Madrid, 13 December 2012 – BMG’s Spanish office initiated the online game ‘You Shouldn’t Play With Music’ promoting BMG’s artists and songwriters through a game. The winners were announced on a party last week.More
LONDON, 12 December 2012 – Classical crossover star Katherine Jenkins has agreed a publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK which means the company now represents the majority of the copyrights on the Welsh mezzo-soprano’s hit seasonal offering This Is Christmas.
The album entered the US iTunes Classical Chart at Number One and the UK Classical Chart at Number Two. The album was also placed at Number One in the Billboard New Artists Chart.More
NASHVILLE/NEW YORK, December 10, 2012: BMG Chrysalis US has renewed their exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreement with versatile songwriter and producer busbee.
LA-based busbee has enjoyed international success with a wide range of artists spanning rock, pop and country including P!nk, Timbaland, Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, Daughtry, Lady Antebellum, Alexandra Burke, Flo Rida, Adam Lambert, Jason Aldean, Kid Cudi, Toni Braxton, Blake Shelton, Backstreet Boys, Jessica Sutta, Hunter Hayes, Better Than Ezra, Liz Phair and Katharine McPhee. busbee’s music has also been used extensively in Film and TV.More
New York/Los Angeles, December 7, 2012- BMG Artist Bruno Mars is set to release his much anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox in Europe today and on Tuesday, December 7th in the US.
The album features production from Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce), Emile Haynie (Eminem), Diplo (M.I.A., Usher) and Supa Dups (John Legend). Already receiving a rave review from Entertainment Weekly, Unorthodox Jukebox is set to catapult Mars back to the top of the charts.More
London, 6 December 2012 – BMG Chrysalis UK has formed joint venture publishing deals with two companies run by Sam Eldridge, last week named ‘Manager of the Year’ by the Music Managers Forum.
The first is linked to Merok Records, the label Eldridge runs with Milo Cordell.More
Nashville, 6 December 2012 – BMG Singer and Songwriter Carly Simon serves as a judge in the US music competition Unsigned Only.
Unsigned Only is a contest for solo artists and bands who are not signed to a major label record company. Since its founding in 2011, it’s the competition’s aim to find and promote outstanding talented performers based on the judging criteria vocals, performance, originality and songwriting.
Find more info on www.unsignedonly.com.
Stockholm, 5 December 2012 – Mando Diao and Alina Devecerski are nominated for the P3 Guld Awards taking place in Sweden in January 2013. Alina Devecerski is nominated in the categories Artist Of The Year as well as Best New Artist and Mando Diao have the chance to win the award for Group Of The Year.
Alina Devecerski had her charts breakthrough this summer with the hit single ‘Flytta På Dej!’, which topped the lists in Scandinavia at Number One. In November, she released her debut album Maraton that received great reviews in the Swedish media.
Mando Diao also topped the Swedish charts at Number One for three weeks with Infruset, which was published in October 2012. Infruset is the band’s sixth studio album and their first album entirely with Swedish lyrics.More
New York, 30 November 2012 – Matt Pond, who will release his new album The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand on 5 February 2013 via BMG’s Master Model, just announced a Mini Tour for December. Pond will be playing a series of acoustic shows next month in Florida with a full U.S. tour to be announced in the coming weeks:More
LONDON, 28 November 2012 – Karen Poole, one of the UK’s most in-demand songwriters, has opted to sign her worldwide music publishing rights to BMG Chrysalis UK.
The exclusive songwriting agreement includes rights to songs for a raft of artists including Lily Allen with whom Poole has been writing for her next album and, with Greg Kurstin, for the forthcoming Bridget Jones The Musical, set to hit the West End in 2014.More
London, 28 November 2012 – Tame Impala’s critically acclaimed second album Lonerism has been named Album of The Year by the NME. In what has already been an extraordinary year for the Australian psychedelic rockers led by principle creative force Kevin Parker, this is a significant accolade.More
Los Angeles, 27 November, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis North America has renewed their exclusive worldwide administration deal with Jeff Tweedy, founding member and leader of American rock band Wilco and co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo.
Tweedy is recognized as one of the most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers in American music, having written over 400 songs to date. Together with Wilco, Tweedy has released eight studio albums, garnering praise from critics and fans alike for their innovative rock sound. The Chicago-based sextet’s most recent masterpiece was the Grammy nominated album The Whole Love (2011). Tweedy took home a Grammy in 2010 as a producer on soul legend Mavis Staples’ album, You Are Not Alone and also in 2004 for Wilco’s album A Ghost Is Born.More
Paris, 23 November 2012 – Collaboration between BMG’s French, UK and Scandinavian offices has delivered four tracks on legendary French superstar Johnny Hallyday’s hit new album L’Attente.
Coordinated by BMG’s Paris office, BMG Chrysalis UK songwriters David Ford and Blair Mackichan and BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia songwriters Andres Karlegard, Mats Rubarth and Marteen Karlegard wrote a total of four songs on L’Attente , which entered the French charts at Number One this week, selling 120,000 copies.
The album has been released in the UK and will be released in the US with David Ford adapting the first single ‘L’Attente’. His song ‘I’m Alright Now’ was re-recorded as ’20 Ans’ with his original English lyrics.
Marie Nowak, Director Artists & Repertoire, BMG France said : “This is a great success for our songwriters and is yet further evidence of BMG’s daily international co-operation.”More
London, 23 November 2012 – Bryan Ferry launched his new album The Jazz Age by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra with a glamorous Twenties themed party at legendary Mayfair niterie Annabel’s last night.
The album will be released through BMG’s innovative new masters model this Monday (November 26) as part of Ferry’s deal with the company covering both his music publishing rights and next three albums.
Pre-sales have been strong across Europe with the company already upping its initial pressing twice. It currently stands at Number One in Amazon’s Jazz Chart.More
Stockholm, 22 November 2012 – The Swedish songwriter Carl Falk tops the international charts as co-writer of One Direction’s new album.
Last week, One Direction’s Take Me Home, of which Carl has co-written several songs, where both number one and number two on the iTunes Store Top 10 Albums charts in the US and UK. Moreover, the yearbook edition of the album was number one and the regular album version placed number two.
This week, One Direction’s Take Me Home topped the official album charts in 32 countries. In the US alone, 540,000 copies of the album were sold in the first week, making One Direction the first non-US band to have their debut album and their second album at number one on Billboard.
Carl Falk wrote history together with One Direction with their first album Up All Night, beeing the first British band with a number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. On Up All Night Carl co-wrote the hits ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘One Thing’ among others.
PARIS, 20 November 2012 – BMG France has announced the signing of a worldwide administration deal with Gaëtan Roussel’s Gazoline Editions. The deal covers Roussel’s entire catalogue of songs as well as his future compositions.
Roussel is one of France’s most renowned and best-selling writers and producers. He started his solo career in 2007, writing and producing songs for top French artists, including the hits ‘Residents De La République’ for Alain Bashung (from the platinum-selling Victoires-awarded album Bleu Pétrole) and ‘Il y a’ for Vanessa Paradis.More
New York, November 14, 2012 – In a grand pairing of epic mayhem, BMG artists Pennywise have teamed up with WWE® ’13, the upcoming release from videogame publisher THQ, for a new video clip. The clip features the surging anthem “Revolution” from the their latest release All Or Nothing, playing as a host to a variety of legendary WWE Superstars, including CM Punk®, Stone Cold Steve Austin®, The Rock®, John Cena®, Undertaker® and many more.
Check out the video for the WWE ’13 theme song, “Revolution” by Pennywise!
London, 13 November 2012 – BMG writer Jon Cohen has scored a Number Five UK album chart entry for The Military Wives’ second album, Stronger Together, which he produced.
The album features a variety of popular songs including covers of BMG copyrights such as ‘Annie’s Song’ by John Denver, ‘Meet You At The Moon’, by Imelda May and and ‘Right Here Waiting’ by Richard Marx.
The album’s release rounds of an extraordinary year for the choir group whose debut single ‘Wherever You Are’, arranged and produced by Cohen, was a Christmas Number One in the UK in 2011, selling 556,000 copies within a week of its release. The subsequent album, In My Dreams also topped the UK album charts in March 2012 raising £1 million for the Military Wives Choir Foundation in the process.
‘Wherever You Are’ was named Single Of The Year at the Classic Brit Awards in October. As a mark of the song’s success and the impact of Cohen’s crossover appeal, the song was also nominated for Best British Single at the 2012 Brit Awards.More
Nashville, 12 November 2012 – BMG is pleased to announce a worldwide co-publishing agreement with acclaimed artist and songwriter Will Hoge.
Hoge recently celebrated his first #1 song with The Eli Young Band’s ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ (co-written with Eric Paslay) which was nominated for Song of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards. In addition, Hoge recently released a collection of new material titled Modern American Protest Music and will begin his ‘Let Me Be Lonely: 2012’ solo tour on November 30th.More
New York, November 12, 2012 – In case you missed BMG artists St. Vincent and David Byrne interview and two performances on The Colbert Report, don’t worry… We’ve got them right here for you! Watch their performance of ‘Who’ and ‘Weekend in the Dust’ below.
Stockholm, 8 October 2012 – Tomorrow, on Friday 9 November 2012, Carl Falk has the chance to win two prizes at the annual Swedish MPA Awards in Stockholm. The “Musikförläggarnas Pris” will be rewarded to songwriters, lyricists and contemporary composers for the past year’s musical achievements.
Awards will be handed out in nine different categories and we are very proud that BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia writer Carl Falk has been nominated for:
Songwriter of the Year – Falk’s competitors in this category are Max Martin/Shellback, Johanna Söderberg/Klara Söderberg (First Aid Kit) and Tim “Avicii” Bergling.
International Achievement of the Year – Other nominees include Tim “Avicii” Bergling, Axel “Axwell” Hedfors/Sebastian Ingrosso/Steve “Angello” Fragogiannis (Swedish House Mafia) and Johanna Söderberg/Klara Söderberg (First Aid Kit).
Falk’s successes in the past year include credits for global hits like ‘Starships’ by Nicki Minaj and several singles with British boyband One Direction, the latest one being ‘Live While We’re Young’.
Read more about the Swedish MPA Awards here: http://www.musikforlaggarnaspris.se
London, 7 November 2012 – BMG Chrysalis UK songwriter Natasha Khan, better known as Bat For Lashes, is performing this week on BBC’s acclaimed live music show Later… with Jools Holland.More
LOS ANGELES/BERLIN, 6 November 2012 – BMG Chrysalis North America signed an exclusive worldwide co-publishing deal with hit producer and songwriter Fuego.
Raised in Berlin and now based in LA, Fuego has worked with an extensive list of chart topping artists including Shakira, Sia, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Willow Smith and The Ready Set.More
New York, 6 November 2012 – BMG’s Grammy Award winning writer and producer Bangladesh co-wrote and produced four songs on Brandy’s new album Two Eleven. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 last week. Bangladesh began producing beats in 1998. He has worked together with chart-topping artists like Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Ke$ha, Usher, Nicki Minaj and many more. Currently on iTunes UK Top 10 is JLS’s single ‘Hottest Girl In The World’, which he co-wrote and produced.
Nashville, 31 October 2012 – After yesterday’s success at the ASCAP awards, BMG songwriters were also honored at last night’s 60th BMI Country Awards in Nashville that took place at BMI’s Music Row offices. At the annual BMI ceremony songwriters and music publishers of the top country songs from the past year are awarded.
We congratulate every songwriter and artist on this great success!
|‘Family Man’||Craig Campbell||Joel Eric Shewmake, Jon Michael Henderson||BMG Chrysalis (Bug Music)|
|‘This’||Darius Rucker||Kara DioGuardi||BMG Chrysalis (Bug Music)|
|‘Storm Warning’||Hunter Hayes||Busbee||BMG Chrysalis|
|‘Home’||Dierks Bentley||Brett Beavers||BMG Ireland|
LONDON/BERLIN, 31 October 2012 – Bryan Ferry has signed a worldwide deal with BMG Chrysalis UK which will see the company release his next three albums and publish the majority of his 40 year song catalogue.
Bryan Ferry is one of the most influential and successful UK singers, musicians and songwriters of all time, with a career stretching back 40 years to the release of Roxy Music’s debut album in 1972. Bryan Ferry’s work created an entirely new aesthetic in popular music and has inspired artists as varied as David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers.More
Stockholm, 31 October 2012 - BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia announced the signing of a worldwide publishing agreement with Norwegian artist Maria Solheim today.
Maria combined her diverse musical abilities in the recording of her new album, In the Deep, to be released by MBO/Universal in Norway on 12 October. For the production of In the Deep, Maria chose producer Nick Terry who already worked with artists such as Turbonegro, Libertines, Klaxons, Roger Sanchez, and Ian Brown former singer of The Stone Roses. She was also joined in the studio by Henry Olsen, former Primal Scream member, who worked with Nico, the Velvet Underground, John Cale and others before. The result is a wild album with songs that range from quiet, simple guitar-based tunes, through rock, all the way to pop.More
Nashville, 30 October 2010 – Seven BMG songwriters have been honored at last night’s 50th ASCAP Country Music Awards at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.
At the ceremony, songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from 1 April 2011 through 31 March 2012 were awarded. Congratulations to all our writers and artists to this great success!More
Berlin, 26 October 2012 – The new video for the recent single ‘Best of you’ by Anastacia is exclusively premiered worldwide on German video plattform Myvideo.de and on BILD.de! It’s a cover version of the Foo Fighters’ song taken from her upcoming album It’s a Man’s World. Her collection of classic male rock songs includes other tracks suchs as ‘Ramble On’ (Led Zeppelin) and ‘Dream On’ (Aerosmith).
Watch the video now by clicking here.
London, 23 October, 2012 – BMG songwriters were among the winners at last night’s Q Awards in London with Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man In The Universe winning Best Album, co-written and produced by BMG writer Damon Albarn.More
New York, October 22, 2012- BMG Artist Bruno Mars made his comedic acting debut over the weekend as he took over hosting duties and performed two songs off of his much anticipated album, Unorthodox Jukebox. Check out the videos below of his two performances, ‘Locked Out of Heaven,’ and the debut of ‘Young Wild Girls.’
New York, October 19, 2012 – Check out some behind the scenes footage and commentary from director Greg Jardin for the late Joey Ramone’s anthem for his hometown, the aptly named ‘New York City.’ The video, which took three weeks to shoot, features a number of celebrities, NYC locals, and even a few members of the BMG team.More
New York, 18 October 2012 – Grunge and indie rock band Dinosaur Jr. recently released their new album I Bet On Sky on Jagjaguwar Records. Dinosaur Jr., consisting of Joseph Masacis, Jr., Louis Barlow and Emmett Murphy, were founded in 1884. I Bet On Sky is the third album since the reunion of the original trio. They belong to the most significant American rock bands of all time and are said to be among the bands that pioneered the grunge movement – next to the Pixies, Sonic Youth and Nirvana. See them on their tour this fall in the US, South America, and Asia!More
New York, 17 October 2012 – Freelance Whales just released their sophomore album Diluvia. The five band members are pretty close to being multi-instrumentalists: Frontman Judah Dadone and his band mates Doris Cellar, Chuck Criss, Jacob Hyman and Kevin Read all together play a whole lot of instruments – from banjo, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, synthesizer and bass to harmonium, glockenspiel, drums and percussion. Make sure to catch them on tour across North America this fall to experience their great Indie Rock!More
New York, 17 October 2012 – Philadelphia based duo Sun Airway released their second album Soft Fall on Dead Ocean Records, yesterday. With Soft Fall Jon Barthmus and Patrick Marceill aka Sun Airway present a sophisticated Indie-Pop/Rock album – just like their debut Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier from 2010. As CMJ puts it, the album “happily leads the listeners out of the bedroom to the streets, with its lighthearted and ethereal sounds that make you feel weightless and worry-free”. Click here for upcoming Sun Airway tour dates!More
Nashville, 17 October 2012 – BMG Chrysalis Nashville announced today that it has signed an exclusive co-publishing agreement with multi-platinum songwriter, producer and arranger Darrell Brown. BMG will also administer Darrell Brown’s back catalogue moving forward.
Darrell Brown has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, leaving his distinct and enduring mark across an expansive range of genres, and generating music sales of over 70 million units. He has worked with artists including Keith Urban, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Faith Hill, Rodney Foster, to name a few. His songwriting credits include number one hits for Keith Urban (‘You’ll Think of Me’, ‘Rainin’ on Sunday’), Josh Turner (‘Why Don’t We Just Dance’), and LeAnn Rimes (‘Nothin’ Better To Do’, ‘What I Cannot Change’). His production and arrangement credits include Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Americana, Chrome Dreams 2, and Living With War, for which Darrell conducted a one hundred voice choir.More
New York, October 15, 2012 – BMG artist Hank & Cupcakes premiered their new track ‘Sweet Potion’ on MTV’s Hive. Praised for their ability to merge a “gritty realism to their dance tracks. Their latest banger ’Sweet Potion’ is filled equally with disappointment and hoppy synths.”
Hank & Cupcakes’ new EP Ain’t No Love will be released October 23.
Click HERE to listen to the song!
London, 10 October 2012 – BMG songwriters have been honoured this week by US performing rights organisations BMI and ASCAP at ceremonies in London this week .More
Stockholm, 11 October 2012 – Platinum–selling Swedish pop artist Darin has signed his publishing to BMG Chrysalis.
With several number ones on the Swedish charts and a brace of music awards (Swedish Grammy for Best Song, a Rockbjörn for Best Male Artist and NRJ Award for Best Nordic Song) Darin is one of the most successful Swedish artists of the past decade.
Although he is best-known as a performer, Darin is also an accomplished songwriter both on his own albums, but also for a string of international artists. Darin has worked with songwriters and producers such as Max Martin (with whom he wrote ‘Extra Ordinary Love’), RedOne (with whom he wrote the hit ‘Step Up’) as well as Jörgen Elofsson, Arnthor Birgisson, Quiz & Larossi, Paddy Dalton, Bilal Hajji and Billy Mann.More
New York, October 9, 2012 – BMG artist As I Lay Dying’s new record Awakened came in at #12 in this week’s Billboard 200 chart, selling 27,000 copies. Great news ahead of their much anticipated European tour that includes multiple dates in the UK and Germany. Check out their awesome website: www.asilaydying.com
New York, October 9, 2012 – NPR’s music blog All Songs Considered highlighted BMG artist Lawrence of Arabia’s new video for ‘Listening Times.’ NPR raves, “The group … makes trippy, perfectly composed, melodic pop, similar to classic works by The Zombies or The Beatles.” Check out ‘Listening Times’ below!
Stockholm, 9 October 2012 – Alina Devercesrki’s debut single ‘Flytta På Dej’ achieved 7x platinum in the Nordic Countries last week: Three times platinum in Sweden, three times platinum in Norway and a platinum honoration in Denmark.
The single was released earlier this year and is written by Alina together with BMG songwriter Christoffer Vikberg. Her debut album Maraton will be released on November 19.
Congratulations Alina and Christoffer!More
London, 8 October 2012 – Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala have today released their eagerly awaited second album Lonerism to widespread critical acclaim.More
Stockholm, 8 October 2012 – BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia is happy to announce that Peter LeMarc tops the Swedish albums chart with his new longplayer Svag Doft Av Skymning. The album was released September 26th and has already reached gold status.
Peter LeMarc is one of the most iconic Swedish artist and songwriters, who already received several platinum certifications and Swedish “Grammis” awards during his long career. LeMarc’s former album Kärlek i Tystnadens Tid (14th studio album) was released in 2007. Watch his latest single ‘En sång som ingen radio spelar’ here.
London, 3 October 2012 – Recent BMG Chrysalis signing, contemporary record producer and arranger Jon Cohen, has been awarded Single of The Year for his production of ‘Wherever You Are’ by Gareth Malone and The Military Wives at this year’s Classic Brit Awards at a ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall last night.More
Berlin, 1 October 2012 – Last week, BMG copyright staff from New York, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Hilversum and Berlin as well as our technology partner met for their annual International Copyright Conference to discuss their collaboration and ideas on how to further improve excellence in their field of expertise.
With the continual growth of BMG’s catalogue, the annual international meeting ensures that every team applies the same high standards across the board. Moreover, ideas for further improvement of our client services were discussed and changes in procedures agreed and implemented.More
New York/ Berlin, 28 September 2012 – BMG congratulates Benjamin West, Billy Mann, busbee, David Schuler, Jon Keep/ Steve Daly (Tracklacers), and Dan Wilson on the new album The Truth About Love by P!nk to top the Billboard 200 Chart with 280,000 units sold. It’s P!nk’s first #1 longplayer in the US charts as hottest music album!
BMG writers contributed to 5 tracks on The Truth About Love and to a total of 7 tracks on album versions. The album also reached the top of the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Austria, and came in at #2 in the UK.
Congrats to all!More
New York, September 27, 2012 – Faith Hill is set to debut her new single and lyric video for, “American Heart,” during a live chat with Twitter fans on September 30. The single, from her forthcoming album, will be simultaneously released to Country radio. “American Heart” was co-written by BMG writer Jonathan Singleton and Jim Beavers.
The social media event will take place prior to NBC’s Sunday Night Football, at 7:00 pm ET where fans can tweet questions to the hashtag #AskFaith
For a 30 second preview of the song click here!
Stockholm, 27 September 2012 – The new single “Live While We’re Young” by One Direction will be released this Sunday, September 30th. The song belongs to BMG’s repertoire through Swedish songwriter Carl Falk, other co-writers are Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha.
“Live While We’re Young” has been up for global pre-order since August 24th and has become the fastest-selling pre-order single in history! The EP which goes by the same name went #1 on the iTunes Store Top 10 Album charts in nine countries and the single topped the sales charts in forty countries.
London, 26 September 2012 – The BMG Chrysalis UK Synch Team hosted an exclusive Graham Coxon showcase event at the legendary Dublin Castle in Camden, north London last night.More
New York, September 25, 2012 – The video for Joey Ramone’s “New York City,” from his critically lauded posthumous album …ya know? premiered exclusively today across VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform.
Award-winning filmmaker Greg Jardin directed the innovative, groundbreaking stop motion film, which includes over 1600 photographs taken throughout New York City, and boasts cameos by dozens of New Yorkers, including some of Joey Ramone’s closest friends and family and cameos from The Ramones, Anthony Bourdain, Andrew W.K., Matt and Kim, stars of NBC’s 30 Rock, and more!More
Nashville, September 21, 2012- BMG writer Mary Karr is enjoying success as her album with Rodney Crowell KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell dominates the Americana Radio Chart, sitting at #1 for the third consecutive week. Prior to making the climb to the top, the album spent nearly two months at the #2 spot.More
BERLIN, 17 September 2012 – Multi-million selling US singer Anastacia will release her next two albums through BMG using the company’s innovative new revenue-sharing model.
The first release under the deal will be It’s a Man’s World, produced by legendary producer-writer Glen Ballard, comprising Anastacia’s unique take on a collection of classic male rock songs, and utilising her powerful voice to advantage.More
STOCKHOLM, 17 September 2012 – BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia has hired Lars Olov „Olle“ Rönnbäck, one of the best-known figures in music publishing in the region as Director of Licensing and Marketing.
The appointment follows the nomination of Sanken Sandqvist as General Manager of BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia in March 2012.
Rönnbäck, formerly Head of Film & TV at Universal Music Publishing, started his music publishing career at Warner Bros in 1986, before joining Sweden Music, the Polygram subsidiary which controlled rights to the Abba catalogue, in 1992. With Polygram subsequently absorbed into Universal, Rönnbäck effectively spent 20 years with the company.More
Stockholm, 14 September 2012 – Swedish rock band Satan Takes A Holiday have signed with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia as they prepare to launch their music internationally.
When Satan Takes A Holiday released their first self-titled album in 2009, it was nominated for a prestigious Swedish P3 Gold Award. The singles ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Missy’ won significant airplay, and the album received both critical and public acclaim. Renowned live performers, the band have supported both Juliette Lewis and the Swedish band Mustache.
This year Satan Takes A Holiday released their second album Who Do You Voodoo, again provoking a string of positive reviews. In a rundown of Sweden’s 100 best rock bands earlier this year, Satan Takes A Holiday ended up in a very creditable 2nd place. The first single ‘Karma Babe’ made it into Swedish radio channel P3′s Hall of Fame after winning four song competitions in a row (against The Hives and TSOOL among others). This success was followed by a second single ‘Who Do You Voodoo’, which generated widespread comment (see video below).More
DUBLIN/BERLIN, 13 September 2012 – Hotly-tipped Dublin band Little Green Cars have become the first signing to BMG Ireland.
The five-piece band, all aged just 20, have signed a worldwide music publishing deal with BMG, which is the only major international publishing company with a base in Ireland.
Little Green Cars released their first single on influential indie Young And Lost Club last summer, and subsequently signed a worldwide record deal with New York-based Glassnote Records, the company behind the worldwide success of Mumford & Sons. In the UK their releases will appear through Universal Island.
They have recorded their debut album, due for release next year, with Mumford & Sons, Coldplay and Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs and will embark on a US tour in October.More
LOS ANGELES / BERLIN, 13 September 2012 – Arizona based alternative-folk band Calexico will start their European and North-America tour today in London and play shows until February 2013. Joey Burns and John Convertino just released their sixth album, inspired by New Orleans: They also named it after the neighbourhood “Algiers” were it was recorded at and that the duo chose because of a European feel.
Algiers is a truly wonderful and most enticing set of songs with influences from “Portugese fado, 50’s jazz, gypsy or romani music and its offshoots, 60’s surf and twang from Link Wray to country’s Duane Eddy, the spaghetti western epics of Ennio Morricone and dark indie rock singer songwriters.”More
New York, September 10, 2012- Check out the brand new video for the first single “Who” from David Byrne & St. Vincent’s collaborative album Love This Giant, out now on 4AD Records! Be sure to catch St. Vincent on tour this fall in the US & Canada. Click here for dates!
New York, September 10, 2012 – Congratulations to BMG artist Mayra Veronica, who on Tuesday September 4th, was inducted into the Hard Rock Museum’s Hall of Fame. Her extensive humanitarian work with the USO and her Billboard Chart Topping hits earned her a spot in the Museum’s Main Lobby, across from Madonna.More
Los Angeles/Stockholm, 7 September 2012 – Last night in Los Angeles, at the MTV Video Music Award, BMG writers and artists were honored with one of the most important audience choice’ video awards:
Two BMG songs written by Carl Falk won four trophies: “What Makes You Beautiful” from One Direction was awarded in the categories ‘Best Pop Video,’ ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Most Share-Worthy Video’. “Starships” from Nicki Minaj won the VMA for ‘Best Female Video’.
Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” co-written by Toby Gad, won the category ‘Best Video With A Message’
BMG artist Frank Ocean performed “Thinking About You” live on stage.
London, 7 September 2012 – Nominations for the 2012 Q Awards mark the beginning of another awards season and BMG talent has made a significant impression on this year’s list.
Frank Ocean’s epic Channel Orange (and epic 2012) is rewarded with a nomination in the ‘Best New Act’ category. Rizzle Kicks’s ‘Mama Do The Hump’ is selected for ‘Best Track’, while The Maccabees’ Given To The Wild and Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man In The Universe are both nominated for Best Album. Damon Albarn also features strongly in the nominations through his role as producer on The Bravest Man In The Universe, while Blur have also received two nominations. Fresh from their outstanding sets at Reading and Leeds, The Cribs have been nominated for ‘Best Live Act’.
The winners of the Q Awards will be announced in London on 22 October in a ceremony again hosted by Al Murray. Voting continues until mid-October here.
Nashville, 6 September 2012 – Congratulations to BMG Nashville’s nominated artists and songwriters for this year’s tremendously strong showing for the annual Country Music Awards. Stay tuned for the CMA’s prime time November 1st broadcast with featured live performances by many of the nominees at country music’s most important night of the year!More
Stockholm, 6 September 2012 - BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia announced the signing of Swedish black metal band Watain today.
Watain was formed in the late 90′s and has become one of the biggest bands in its genre. Controversy and chaos can best describe Watain’s road to success and has resulted in Swedish Grammies, gold records and sold-out concerts around the world.More
Nashville, 5 September, 2012 – In celebration of Dierks Bentley’s number one hit, “5-1-5-0″, ASCAP Nashville held a party on the Tin Roof on Demonbreun in Nashville. “5-1-5-0″ was co-written by Jim Beavers and BMG writer Brett Beavers. Bently recognized those who made his hit possible; he gave plaques to label staff, the writers, and the production team. Daniel Lee, BMG Chrysalis US Director, Creative received a plaque from ASCAP as well. Congratulations to everyone involved!More
Stockholm, 4 September 2012. The Swedish band Fatboy has released a new music video for their first single from the album Love Creole called “Walk Your Way”. The whole album will be released the 26th of September and this fall they will hit the Nordic roads presenting their new album.More
NEW YORK / MILAN, 3 September 2012 – BMG Italy announced the signing of a sub-publishing deal for Italy with Burt Bacharach today. Songwriting legend Burt Bacharach holds an unparalleled resume of awards, including three Academy and eight Grammy Awards, for hits like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, “That’s What Friends Are For”, and “What The World Needs Now.”
With a musical career spanning over 50 years, Bacharach has earned iconic status and the deep respect of other legendary artists who have recorded his music, such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, and Aretha Franklin.More
London, 28th August 2012 – BMG artists made a strong showing at this weekend’s Reading & Leeds Festivals with sets from 12 of the company’s signings:
Graham Coxon, Spector, The Maccabees, Young Guns, Feeder, The Cribs, Deaf Havana, The Horrors, Zulu Winter, Modestep, as well as international artists Foo Fighters and We Are Augustines.More
NEW YORK / BERLIN, 29 August 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US announced today that it has signed a worldwide publishing deal with songwriter, producer, and entertainer will.i.am.
The seven-time Grammy Award and multi-platinum winner is known not only for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, who have sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, but also for his work as a producer with some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names, including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta, and film composer Hans Zimmer. will.i.am recently released a new single titled ‘This is Love’ featuring Eva Simons which has charted number one in the UK, Belgium, Ireland and Finland and ranked Top10 in several other countries around the globe.More
Stockholm, 27 August 2012 – One Direction’s new EP Live While We’re Young is number one in nine countries on the iTunes Store Top 10 Albums charts, and it hasn’t even been released yet. As of today, Live While We’re Young is number one in Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
The new track, ‘Live While We’re Young’, is written by BMG songwriter Carl Falk together with Rami Yacoub and Kotecha Savan. The EP contains two additional versions of the new song plus two live versions of previously released material, and is to be released September 30th.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK – 24 August 2012. BMG Chrysalis North America has announced that it has purchased the Fred Alhert Music Catalogue. The catalogue has been administered by BMG Rights Management since 2011.
Independent publisher Fred Ahlert Jr. formed the Fred Ahlert Music Group in 1953 upon the death of his father Fred E. Ahlert. Ahlert Senior wrote such classics as “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and was a founding member of ASCAP. In the succeeding years Fred represented the works of such giants as Ted Koehler, Mort Dixon and Joe Burke as well as contemporary writers like Juice Newton, Bones Howe, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Chris Kenner. Among the standards in this wonderful and varied catalog are “Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World On A String,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” and “Land of 1000 Dances.”More
London, 21st August 2012 – BMG Chrysalis UK signings Spector have seen their debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ reach Number One in the Official Record Store Charts, making it the most bought album in independent record stores last week – as well as reaching 12 in the overall UK album charts rundown.
High sales through specialist record stores reflect Spector’s growing reputation as ones to watch among committed music fans. The band has played at a string of festivals this summer, and their in-store gig at East London’s renowned indie Mecca Rough Trade East last week had fans queuing out of the door.More
Los Angeles, 21 August 2012 – Check out the music of BMG writer Bangladesh on 2 Chainz album Based on a T.R.U. Story (Island Def Jam 8/14/12) debuting at #1 this week!
New York, 21 August 2012 – Don’t miss BMG Artist Sun Airway appearing on tour from 26 September until 11 October 2012 with M83!
NEW YORK/BERLIN- 20 August 2012. BMG Chrysalis US has announced that it has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with the Flaming Lips. Through nearly three decades, the American rock band has accomplished the rare feat of garnering critical acclaim while having commercial success both in the US and abroad.
Consisting of Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, Kliph Scurlock and Derek Brown, The Flaming Lips have recorded a total of 14 studio albums and EP’s, scoring their breakout hit in 1993 with “She Don’t Use Jelly.” In 2002, the band quickly gained an international fan base thanks to the string of European hits that came with the release of the album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.More
Nashville, 20 August, 2012 – The Civil Wars have been nominated for “Duo/Group of the Year” by the Americana Music Association. The Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place between 12-15 September at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville hosted by fellow BMG artist, Jim Lauderdale. The duo, Joy Williamson and John Paul White have had an impressive start to their musical careers. Their single, “Poison and Wine” was featured on television series, Grey’s Anatomy, and they received two Grammy awards in 2012 for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” and “Best Folk Album”.More
Los Angeles, August 16, 2012 - BMG’s LA office has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with Purple, the indie rock trio hailing from Texas. Their debut EP, Violaceous, was released in April 2012 and includes the hot track “A Long Way”. Purple has formed a devoted fan base through their high-energy, live gigs and were a featured band at this year’s SXSW.More
New York, 15 August, 2012 – Tame Impala has announced their US tour dates for November and tickets go on sale this Saturday, 18 August. They’ll have special guests, the Amazing. We certainly recommend taking advantage of getting tickets early, as their latest show in Brooklyn sold out. Listen to their latest single, “Elephant”, and get get more info here.More
Los Angeles, 14 August 2012 – BMG artists The Moog, Moss, Of Montreal, Patrick Wolf, and Penguin Prison will be part of the lineup at the Culture Collide Festival in L.A. this year from October 4-7. These artists are from the US, UK, US, Netherlands, and Hungary respectively.More
Nashville, 9 August 2012 – The judges for the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have been announced and include BMG singer-songwriters and artists such as Robert Earl Keen, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor from Duran Duran, Tegan and Sara, and Chris Hillman.More
BERLIN, 2 August 2012 – Ewert and the Two Dragons has signed an exclusive worldwide songwriting agreement with BMG Germany. The four-man Estonian indie-folk band consists of vocalist Ewert Sundja, guitarist Erki Pärnoja, drummer Kristjan Kallas, and bassist Ivo Etti, and is currently capturing the international music scene’s attention.
Their debut album, The Hills Behind The Hills, was released in 2009 and quickly gained popularity at home in Estonia and the Baltic region. Their second album, Good Man Down, released in 2011, received critical acclaim internationally.
It topped the Estonian music charts for 65 weeks and was also released in Sweden, Finland, Latvia, and France.
NEW YORK, 1 August 2012 – BMG Chrysalis has announced that it has signed an exclusive, long-term publishing deal with Who’s on First? Productions PR, Inc., a new independent film production company with a slate of approximately ten films in development, including several that are fully developed and set to go into production.
The company was founded by seasoned producer Mark Lipsky (The Nutty Professor, Harlem Nights, Beverly Hills Cop III, Another 48 HRS, Boomerang, Coming to America) and Robert Agueli, the company’s CFO and a former principal at G.F. Tate & Co, a private equity firm. The company will focus its development on the most popular genres – family films, horror films and teen comedies. Some of the films already scheduled for production include Spring Break Chain Gang, a college fraternity comedy co-written by former SNL writers, A Tale of Two Horses, a family film that combines both live action and CGI effects, the horror film Digger 3 and the romantic gangster comedy Fickle – both to be directed by the highly respected indie film director John Gallagher, The Adventures of the For Earth Club, a fantasy adventure film about kids saving the environment, and Genie in a Bong, a comedy that takes its characters back to Woodstock where they were conceived, all the way to the UN where they ingeniously and hilariously take on the leaders of the world in the hopes of establishing “peace in our time.”More
New York, 31 July 2012 – Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, the Israeli band behind the hit, “Reckoning Song”, is currently #1 on iTunes! Frontman Asaf Avidan’s legendary voice has been compared to Janis Joplin, Robert Plant, and Jeff Buckley and is unmistakable. The Wankelmut remix has taken over the summer airways as well. Watch the video and get pumped to see Asaf Avidan do 3 solo acoustic shows:
August 28 – NYC @ The City Winery
August 29 – Chicago @ The City Winery
October 7 – LA @ The Largo
Berlin, 30 July, 2012 – ECHO Klassik 2012 awarded David Garrett “Best Seller of the Year” for the 2nd year in a row. The 32-year-old virtuoso violinist has sold the most classical albums in Germany from December 1, 2010 to March 13, 2012. The German TV broadcaster, ZDF, will air the awards ceremony on October 14, 2012 at 10PM, which will take place at Konzerthaus Berlin.More
New York, July 27th 2012 – David Banner, the man behind many hip-hop chart toppers, has signed with BMG Chrysalis. He released an independent album for free back in May 2012 titled Sex, Drugs & Video Games. Check out his single “Amazing” featuring Chris Brown. BMG is a supporter of Banner’s pro-active desire to control his music’s destiny, an outlook that influenced the free release of his last album. His belief in the taking control of his own music, movies, and content is represented in the 2M1 movement. Read more about the 2M1 movement and watch his videos here!More
London, 27th July 2012 – Recently signed to BMG Chrysalis, Aiden Grimshaw is receiving support across the board. As a 2010 X Factor finalist his re-emergence as a serious artist has been noticed, and the public have taken to his credible song writing. Enthusiastic support from NME, Q Magazine, and Record of The Day has followed after week one of “Curtain Call” going live Aiden received 500,000 YouTube views, and No.1 on Hypem and Twitter charts. His debut single “Is This Love” made Radio 1 B-list, and on premièring in the US gained so much internet traffic it crashed their website. “Curtain Call” made it to Radio 1 B-list this week, and with Aiden’s album Misty Eye out on 20th August, this summer spells success for our budding star.More
New York, July 26th 2012 – Isaac Carpenter, drummer extraordinaire, has signed with BMG Chrysalis. Most recently known for joining Adam Lambert’s live band, Carpenter has also played with Gosling, Loudermilk, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, and The Exies. He has worked extensively as a producer, audio engineer, and session musician. Hollywood has also recognized his talent as a contributor to the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack, where he plays on the David Bowie cover “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)” – Listen here!More
Los Angeles, July 26th 2012 – Beats Antique have signed with BMG Chrysalis, marking another celebration in a career that began in the underground San Francisco performance arts scene. The name captures the essence of who this trio is; they combine the latest in electronic music technology and world music to create a unique sound that is timeless and unforgettable. Beats antique consists of one classically trained dancer and two classically trained musicians (Zoe Jakes, David Satori, & Tommy Cappel respectively). The band is touring the US this summer, teaming up with Thievery Corporation in August.More
London, 26th July 2012 – Rizzle Kicks’ new video for “Dreamers” went live last night, with nearly 25,000 hits by this morning. The pair tell a story of looking to a more surreal world, preferring the land of their imagination to the real. Slightly psychedelic, the video suits the Rizzle Kicks’ to a tee.More
London, 25th July 2012 – Ivor Novello noinated Martin Brammer has signed to BMG Chrysalis this month. Brammer has worked with artists as diverse as Tina Turner, Olly Murs and The Lighthouse Family.
Brammer’s work with Olly Murs has proved to be an electric combination. Brammer contributed the title “I Blame Hollywood” and single “Busy” to Murs’ No.1 debut album, and the writing on Murs’ second album In Case You Didn’t Know.More
London, 24 July 2012 – Bat for Lashes is incapable of showing the world anything less than a beautifully written and poignant song with a tastefully done artistic video. Today she premieres her video, “Laura”, which you can enjoy here. She sings, “You’re more than a superstar” in the video and we couldn’t agree more. She is definitely more than a superstar and we appreciate her visual arts flair as well.More
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK- 18 JULY 2012- BMG has announced that it has signed an exclusive co-publishing deal with emblematic Los-Angeles punk band Pennywise.
Formed in the Southern California city of Hermosa Beach, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history with songs like the raging “F*** Authority,” “Alien” and the band’s now legendary ode to brotherhood and departed friends “Bro Hymn.”More
HILVERSUM, 17 July 2012 – BMG Rights Management BeNeLux concludes worldwide publishing deals with Afro-beat sensation Jungle by Night and successful pianist and composer Michiel Borstlap.
Hailing from Amsterdam, the young Afro-beat orchestra, Jungle by Night, released their first album last April. Hidden was presented to a full house at the Paradiso venue and was well received by the press.More
New York, 17 July 2012 – Today is the full release date for Frank Ocean’s album, Channel Orange. Not only is Ocean talented at writing R&B hits, he’s business savvy as well. He chose to release Channel Orange digitally via iTunes 1 week ahead in order to avoid leaks. He debuted the charts at #2 and #1 on iTunes. Also much discussed at the moment is his personal life, which has sparked controversy ever since he came out as bisexual. Listen to his album here to find out why despite the controversy, he’s winning over fans around the world, including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.More
Berlin/Los Angeles, 16 July 2012 – This year’s BMG International Creative Songplugger Meeting in Los Angeles (June 12-14) was a huge success. BMG creatives from Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Stockholm, Hilversum, and Berlin discussed recent songwriter signings and exchanged ideas about songwriter collaborations and catalogue exploitations. Also, the synch and licensing departments were included for updates.
BMG’s roster of writers strongly continues to grow and the regular international meetings ensure the best international creative writer services. BMG’s pro-active support led to many #1 hits and big cuts from the U.S. to Japan and from Europe to South-Korea in 2012. Some examples are Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” (David Gamson), Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” (Carl Falk), Arashi’s “Face Down” (Albi Albertsson, Vincent Stein) and many more.More
MILAN, 16 July 2012 – Trombone Shorty stops by Rome tomorrow night to play at the Rock in Roma. Italy will witness not only his trombone talent, but his trumpet skills as well. This New Orleans born star’s been voted among the top in several categories, including “Best Trombone Player” and “Rising Star Jazz Artist” by Downbeat. New Orleans voted him “Best Performer of the Year” twice, he frequents the top 10 jazz charts, and is a Grammy nominated artist.More
Nashville, 13 July 2012 – Jukebox the Ghost, an indie pop rock band, is bringing their New York City infused energy down to Nashville at the Firebird tonight. They’ve already conquered the east coast with sold out shows in Boston, Connecticut, & NYC. Check out their website here to listen to their single “Half Crazy” and get band info.
Further Tour Dates:
|July 13||The High Watt||Nashville, TN|
|July 14||Bunbury Music Festival||Cincinnati, OH|
|July 28||Blue Balls Festival||Lucerne, CH|
|August 3||Riverside Garden Park||Red Bank, NJ|
|August 4||Morgan’s Pier||Philadelphia, PA|
|August 10-12||Outside Lands||San Francisco, CA|
Nashville, 13 July 2012 – We’re passionate about music and invite you to join us this Wed. July 18 at 7pm. In the end it’s all about the music and will be fun! Come meet some of BMG’s writers and artists at Douglas Corner Café every 3rd Wednesday of the month. This week you’ll meet local Nashville writers Jon Mabe, Kylie Sackley, Jonathan Singleton, and artist Chase Yalkin with his band. See our official invite and take a look at the site to see why we like hanging out at Douglas Corner here. See you soon!More
Stockholm/New York, 12 July 2012 – BMG writer Carl Falk has set a new record on the Billboard Hot 100. Together with his co-writers Rami Yacoub, RedOne, Wayne Hector and Onika Maraj, Carl Falk made Billboard history with the song “Starships” performed by Niki Minaj. The single has been one of the top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 for 21 consecutive weeks. This means that “Starships” surpassed “I gotta feeling” with Black Eyed Peas who held the previous record with 20 consecutive weeks.More
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, 11 July 2012 – BMG has announced that it has named Zach Katz Executive Vice President, Creative, North America, effective as of August 1, 2012. He will oversee BMG Chrysalis’s Los Angeles-based creative staff and direct efforts to attract, develop and sign new talent, as well as manage the current roster. He will report to Laurent Hubert, President, Creative & Marketing BMG Chrysalis North America, and work closely with the other members of the North America creative executive team including Richard Blackstone, Venus Brown, Darrell Franklin and David Hirshland. He joins BMG from Beluga Heights, a company he founded in 2006.More
New York, July 10th, 2012 – Frank Ocean was featured in an extensive New York Times article in anticipation of his first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, which will be released this month.
All 17 tracks have been made available to stream online including “Pyramids,” “Sweet Life,” and “Bad Religion”. Frank performed the latter for the very first time during Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night show.
The album is available on iTunes now. Listen to it here: http://frankocean.com/More
New York, 10 July 2012 – It’s no wonder Metric entered the UK independent charts this week at #7 with their latest album, Synthetica. The independent rock band is already on two major film soundtracks (Twilight and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and was honored with two awards as “Band of the Year” and for “Album of the Year”, at the Canadian Juno Awards in 2010.More
NEW YORK, 9 July 2012 – Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben kicks off his summer tour tomorrow in Hamden, Connecticut. As a native to Philadelphia, many shows will take place on the east coast through July and August. Those looking for a great way to spend these hot summer nights will find Ruben’s soulful acoustic style what they’ve been looking for.More
London, 9 July, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis UK have signed a worldwide publishing agreement with former X Factor finalist Aiden Grimshaw.
In April 2012, his debut single “Is This Love” co-written with BMGC’s Joel Pott was released (listen to it by clicking here). The track marked Grimshaw’s first material since his participation in the 2010 series of The X Factor, where he lost out in the sixth week of the live finals. Since his time on the show, Grimshaw has relocated from Blackpool to London, and has spent two years writing and recording demos with various writers and producers. Now signed to RCA/Sony, he will release his debut album Misty Eye on August 20th.More
PARIS, 6 July 2012 – French pop singer and songwriter Camélia Jordana just signed an exclusive worldwide agreement and co-publishing deal with BMG.More
LONDON, 5 July 2012 – Songwriter-producer Steve Mac one of the world’s most successful hitmakers, has signed an exclusive publishing deal for his Rokstone publishing catalogue with BMG Chrysalis UK.
Steve Mac boasts a career total of 58 Number One singles and albums and sales of over 140m records.More
Stockholm, 4 July 2012 – On September 26th Razzia Records will release Fatboy’s fourth album Love Creole in Scandinavia.More
LONDON, 3 July 2012 – Congratulations to our songwriters Will.i.am, Dan Omelio and Jean Baptiste to their pool positions in the UK single charts this week!
Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.Am scoops his first UK solo Number 1 with “This Is Love” feat. Eva Simons, becoming the 1200th single to reach Number 1 on the UK Official Singles Chart. “Payphone” co-written by BMG writer Dan Omelio and performed by Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa reached Number 2, followed by Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up” at Number 3 co-written by BMG signed producer Jean Baptiste.
“We thrilled with the global success for our roster- it sends a strong message about the partnerships we build with our artists and the traction we have established in the urban and pop genres” – Laurent Hubert, President Creative and Marketing BMG Chrysalis North America.
London, 3 July 2012: Pop dance icon Jimmy Somerville has signed his publishing to BMG Chrysalis UK.
The agreement includes copyrights written over a near-30 year career with Bronski Beat, The Communards and latterly as a solo artist, together with rights to future compositions.
BMG Chrysalis Senior Director, Creative, Kate Sweetsur, said, “Jimmy Somerville occupies a unique place in British pop history, but his latest work shows that there’s a whole lot more still to come. “We are delighted to welcome his three decades of music to BMG Chrysalis UK.”More
New York, 3 July 2012 – The making of …Ya Know?, the posthumous solo album from former Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, who died 11 years ago aged 49, is now available on YouTube.More
Los Angeles, 2 July 2012- Mayra Veronica has just signed an exclusive worldwide co-publishing with BMG Chrysalis US. The multi-talented international singer/songwriter is excited to bring her prowess in converting poetry to music in both the English and Spanish language to the BMG family.
Mayra, having acquired international fame as a model, began her solo recording career with an International Spanish Album which introduced her to the Latin Billboard Charts. Mayra’s first English release was the single “If You Wanna Fly” which landed her on the top of five Billboard Charts in the United States including top sales. The second single “Freak Like Me” earned her a number three position on the Billboard Charts and garnered top slots on numerous International Billboard charts.More
Los Angeles/Berlin, 2 July 2012 – Congratulations Quincy! The legendary musician and BMG songwriter Quincy Jones received the prestigious Founders Award at ASCAP’s 25th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards hosted at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on June, 29.More
NEW YORK / BERLIN, 28 June 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US announced today that it has signed an exclusive worldwide co-publishing agreement with Bangladesh, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta-based producer responsible for Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot,” Ke$ha’s “Sleazy,” Rihanna’s “Cockiness (Love It)” and Nicki Minaj’s “Did It On ‘em.” Additionally, Bangladesh has produced hits with artists including R. Kelly, Bad Meets Evil, Nelly, and Chris Brown.
Bangladesh’s current projects include a newly-released single with Brandy, “Put It Down” feat. Chris Brown, recent writing sessions with Rihanna and JLS, and the upcoming release of his much-awaited artist single “100″ feat. Pusha T, Jadakiss and 2 Chainz.More
London, 27th June 2012 – Tame Impala have released a short mysterious video giving us a taster of their new album, both name and date to be confirmed.More
NY/ BERLIN, 26 June 2012 – Since the triumphant opening night performance on 31 May at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne (Australia), the musical Moonshadow has been successfully showing off 40 great hits by Yusuf, also known as Cat Stevens. The musical was created by Yusuf – music and lyrics -, Rachel Wagstaff and Anders Albien.More
London, 21 June 2012 – BBC Radio 1 presents its biggest free live music event, featuring more than 100 UK and international artists, bands and DJs. We have BMG artists such as will.i.am, Arthur Beatrice, The Maccabees, Rizzle Kicks and many many more.
Taking place at Hackney Marshes, London on 23rd and 24th June 2012, the 6 stages make this festival the biggest Radio 1 event ever held under Europe’s largest tent. Be sure to make your way around all stages from the Dance Arena, 1Xtra Stage, Outdoor DJ Stage and the exciting Introducing Stage where you’ll hear all of tomorrow’s talent. Let us know what you think on twitter and facebook on @BMGChrysalisUK and facebook.com/bmgchrysalisuk.
For the line-up, info and photos, visit the official homepage.
New York, June 19th, 2012 – Laurent Hubert, President Creative & Marketing BMG Chrysalis NA recently spent an afternoon sharing insight with some of Green & Bloom’s roster of songwriters at their bi-annual “Never-Retreat” event hosted by G&B founder and CEO Billy Mann and his wife, Gena.
London, 19 June 2012 – BMG congratulates Rumer on her second album Boys Don’t Cry which was released on June 15th!More
NY, 19 June 2012 – We are happy to announce that American folk musician Chris Smither’s 12th studio disc Hundred Dollar Valentine is available in the stores today.More
Berlin, 18 June 2012 – After the great successes in 2011 including Exile’s “Rising Sun” co-written by BMG writer Sebastian Thott, Girls’ Generation’s ”Run Devil Run” co-written by busbee and Kalle Engström and Tomohisa Yamashita’s “One In A Million” co-written by Vincent Stein, BMG continously pro-actively improves its songwriter standing in the Asian music market.
Co-writing trips to Japan and Korea, the D-Pop camp by our partner TG Publishing in Denmark, the SM Entertainment writer camp in Berlin and the close relationship to our partners in Asia yielded impressive results. BMG writers Albi Albertsson and Vincent Stein celebrate their recent #1 in Japan with Arashi’s platinum single “Face Down” which sold more than 600.000 units so far.More
Nashville, 15 June 2012 – BMI toasted Kip Moore’s #1 hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” on June 13th by throwing a “Truck” tailgate party. Congratulations on the #1 position!More
Nashville, 14 June 2012 – ASCAP and BMI co-hosted a #1 Party in honor of recent chart-topper “Banjo”, recorded by Rascal Flatts, presenting Banjos to songwriter Neil Thrasher who was honored alongside co-writers Tony Martin and Wendell Mobley, and publishers BMG Chrysalis among others. Producer Dann Huff was also celebrated at the party, with “Banjo” heralding Huff’s 32nd #1 song.More
New York, 13 June 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US has announced that it has signed a music publishing administration deal with Turner Broadcasting . The agreement is worldwide excluding the US and Canada where the company self-administers. The partnership covers the broadcasters’ +100 branded channels in some 30 languages to over 200 countries, including Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, CNN, TCM, and TNT, TBS, and Tru.
“We look forward to pursuing our long and fruitful partnership with Turner. Their brand is synonomous with forward-looking programming and innovative entrepreneurship and we’re delighted to support them with our state-of-the-art music publishing administration capacity,” said Laurent Hubert, President, Creative & Marketing BMG Chrysalis North America.
London, 12 June 2012 – Joey Ramone’s posthumous 15 track solo album …ya know? and Dexys’ 11 track One Day I’m Going To Soar are available in UK stores now! Both albums were realized with the new BMG masters model.
…ya know? contains a collection of songs Joey Ramone would have been proud to share with the world. The album features great rock and roll songs such as “Eyes Of Green”, “New York City”, “I Couldn’t Sleep” and “21st Century Girl” in the typical Joey Ramone style. …ya know? was assembled by Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh; managed and produced by Dave Frey and Ed Stasium. It features contributions from a stellar cast of Ramone’s friends and collaborators, including Joan Jett, Little Steven Van Zandt, former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye and members of the Ramones’ punk-era contemporaries The Dictators.More
MILAN, 12 June 2012 – BMG Rights Management Italy announced today that it has signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with one of Italian music’s most significant figures, Samuele Bersani.
Under the deal BMG has acquired the rights to Bersani’s two most recent albums, L’Aldiqua and Manifesto Abusivo, together with future works from his publishing company, Fuori Classifica.
BMG now represents Samuele Bersani’s full catalogue, having already served as publisher for the singer-songwriter’s albums Ci hanno preso tutto, Freak, Samuele Bersani, L’oroscopo speciale and Caramella Smog. These include iconic songs such as “Spaccacuore” performed by Laura Pausini in both Italian and Spanish versions and “Canzone” performed by Lucio Dalla.
London, 11th June 2012 – Young Guns post a new tour blog online, check it out below.More
STOCKHOLM, 11 June 2012 – After 30 years in music and over 30 albums Sweden’s most successful rock singer Joakim Thåström – known simply as Thåström – has signed his first ever music publishing contract with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia.
Thåström has sold over 2.5m albums in Sweden in a career which began in the punk revolution with the band Ebba Grön and subsequently embraced a dizzying array of projects and musical styles from rock to industrial.More
London, 7th June 2012 – Beach House’ new ‘Lazuli’ video is out today, check it out below.More
Berlin, 7 June 2012 – BMG congratulates Accept, German hard rock/metal band from Solingen on their international charts presence! Accept has topped the German album charts at #4 with Stalingrad (released on April 6, 2012) and entered many other European top 40 as well as the US top 100 album charts.More
Berlin, 7 June 2012 – BMG warmly welcomes Beyond all Recognition into the family, a Swedish dubstep-metal band who signed a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG Germany.
The five-headed band consisting of David Söhr (Vocals), David Eriksen (Guitar), Paul Gidlöf (Guitar), Pontus Bergström Warren (Bass) and Edwin Jansson (Drums) originate from Västerås, Sweden.More
Berlin, 6 June 2012 – Singer-songwriter Brian Lopez from Tucson, Arizona is giving two concerts during the NMS New York Music Festival from June 17-20. The New Music Seminar is proud to present this event for the very first time. There will be 17 venues throughout New York City and Brooklyn offering the audience the best and brightest artists of the next generation.
Brian’s music is a heady synthesis of brute force rock ‘n’ roll and Beatles-like classicism centered in rock, country, pop, and traditional folk all at once. At NMS he will be on stage on June 18 scheduled 9:30 pm at Tammany Hall and on June 19 scheduled 7:00 pm at Joe’s Pub.
For more tour dates and details visit Brian’s official website.
Berlin/Paris, 5 June 2012 – Graceful composer and performer Mai Lan will release her long-awaited debut album Mai Lan on August 27th. The colourful 12 song album understands and celebrates the human spirit: Mai Lan sings of loved ones, past and present, memories of Arizona and children growing up and never giving up on their dreams.
Born in Paris as daughter of artist Kiki Picassio and a Vietnamese mother, Mai Lan is part of a family of music lovers: Willing to share its joys, open to everything the world has to offer. Learning about professional music at the age of seven, she sang about dreadful things in “Gentiment je t’immole” to support the film Sheitan (produced by her brother Kim Chapiron) with an eerie angelic voice.More
Berlin, 4 June 2012 – Berlin based musician Barbara Morgenstern releases her sixth and new album Sweet Silence this week. The album contains a fresh collection of all new songs sung for the first time only in English.
As with all of Morgenstern’s music, Sweet Silence exudes a glorious honesty which is just what makes her electronic-pop sound so appealing. The record was mixed by Shitkatapult founder Marco Haas aka T.Raumschmiere giving the whole thing that unmistakable Berlin sound. Barbara’s songtexts have always contained a great depth of meaning and imagery as well as humour.More
Berlin, 4 June 2012 – Finally, after more than seven years, talented Berlin resident singer and songwriter Masha Qrella released her new 10 track album Analogies in May 2012. It has indeed been more than half a decade since the release of her last studio album Unsolved Remained back in 2005.More
PARIS, 1st June 2012 – Skip The Use performed “I want to Know” live for the Canal Plus TV talk show “Grand Journal” during the Cannes Film Festival yesterday and set the Croisette on fire…More
London, 1st June 2012 – Dexy’s long awaited album ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’ is their first since 1985. They played a sell-out show in London at the beginning of May, and are due to tour the UK in September, dates below. The album features previous members Kevin Rowland, Mick Talbot on keyboards , Pete Williams on bass and Jim Paterson, as well as Neil Hubbard and Tim Cansfield on guitars, Madeleine Hyland on vocals, Lucy Morgan on viola and Ben Trigg leading the string section.More
London, 31st May 2012 - Metric’s much anticipated new album, streamed below, gives us the mature raw electro-indie rock sound Metric are famous for. ‘Synthetica’ starts with a swelling, anthemic distorted intro, with no rush to kick in. When it does, however, “Youth Without Youth” creates a driving, foot-tapping, psychedelic rhythm you can’t help but be lost in. Emily Haines’ voice is subtle yet powerful, coming into it’s own in “The Void”.More
BERLIN – 31 May 2012: BMG Rights Management (BMG) – the joint venture music rights business formed by Bertelsmann and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) – has announced that the total number of music publishing copyrights it has under active management has exceeded one million in less than four years after the formation of the company in October 2008.
BMG estimates that this total puts the company fourth in the worldwide rankings of music publishing companies, following the announced takeover of EMI Music Publishing by a consortium led by Sony.
Breaking the one million copyright barrier in such a short period makes the company arguably the fastest growing start-up in music industry history.
As of 29 May 2012, BMG represents 1,057,858 copyrights according to its live computer systems. This equates to approximately 59,000 hours of continuous music. In addition it had approximately 23.000 recordings of songs in its master rights repertoire.More
PARIS/BERLIN, 30 May 2012 – BMG Rights Management (BMG) and leading French independent music company Francis Dreyfus Music (Dreyfus) today announced a definitive agreement under which BMG has acquired Dreyfus.
Founded in 1970 by Francis Dreyfus and headquartered in Paris (France), Dreyfus is an independent French music publishing and recording company. The Dreyfus catalogue (Disques Motors, FDM, Dreyfus Jazz), includes the publishing and master rights of iconic French artists such as Christophe, whose classic songs include “Les mots bleus”, “Aline”, “Succes fou”, “Les Paradis Perdus”, and Jean-Michel Jarre including his hit albums “Oxygène”, “Équinoxe” and “Chants Magnétiques”.More
NEW YORK, 30 May 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US announced today that it has renewed its exclusive worldwide administration agreement with The Pokémon Company International. Since Pokémon’s North American arrival in 1998, BMG Chrysalis US has managed various needs for the brand, including cue sheet preparation, ensuring public performance monies are received throughout the world, and selecting musicians and compiling soundtrack albums for the Pokémon animated television series. Pokémon is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world, offering video games, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and animation.
“We have had the privilege of growing with Pokémon since its US debut in 1998. Pokémon was one of our first audio-visual based clients and has evolved into a cultural phenomenon, enjoying tremendous success throughout the world,” said Laurent Hubert, President, Creative & Marketing BMG Chrysalis US.More
Berlin, May 29, 2012 - We congratulate all of our writers who contributed to the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku!
Azerbaijani Sabina Babayeva caught the #4 position with her contribution ”When The Music Dies” composed by BMG writer Sandra Bjurman along with Stefan Örn, Anders Bagge and Johan Kronlund. An Azerbaijani version of this song was produced just for rotation on TV and radio in the host country. Sandra, a powerful and charismatic Swedish vocalist with strong melodic sense, and her partner Stefan were also the authors of last year’s ESC winning song “Running Scared” performed by Ell & Nikki.More
Nashville, May 25th 2012: Rodney Crowell is set for a Nashville performance tonight (5/25) as he prepares for the June 5 release of his next album. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee will kick off this summer’s Frist Fridays concert series at the art museum.
For his latest project, Crowell teamed with best selling poet and author Mary Karr (Cherry, The Liar’s Club, Lit). The Vanguard Records release, Kin, was produced by Joe Henry and features a stellar lineup of guest vocalists including Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Chely Wright, Kris Kristofferson, and Emmylou Harris.
GER: BMG Rights Management and GEMA sign a deal for the licensing of Anglo-American Repertoire online across Europe
BERLIN, 23 May 2012– BMG Rights Management and GEMA have reached an agreement which will simplify the licensing and administration of online rights for BMG’s Anglo-American repertoire across Europe. The cooperation is scheduled to start operations on July 1, 2012. It means digital service providers can now acquire licenses for BMG’s Anglo-American repertoire for all of Europe directly through GEMA. The service will particularly benefit cross-border digital music services.
BMG was founded in 2008 with a business model designed specifically to help both music artists and writers and music users make the most of today’s digital landscape. After several acquisitions and numerous international signings, BMG has assembled a strong catalogue of Anglo-American rights within just over three years. BMG believes that its new cooperation with GEMA will offer both music creators and users considerable advantages in rights administration.More
Berlin/ New York, 22 May 2012 – We are excited to announce three upcoming master releases on May 25 by BMG artists Joey Ramone, Sebel and Young Man. The BMG masters model offers artists a much enhanced revenue split and a modern alternative to traditional record companies. BMG agrees a budget with the artist and releases money for manufacturing, marketing and promotion – recouped according to the agreed revenue split. BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch quote as of Music Week: “The setup is a modern alternative to a record deal”.More
New York, 21 May 2012 – BMG congratulates Irving Burgie for his standing ovation from Washington lawmakers and opinion leaders at ASCAP’S 4th annual event, “We Write the Songs” an evening of iconic hits performed by their authors to an audience filled with elected officials from both sides of the political aisle.
The ASCAP event highlights the value of our songs before an important audience of legislators and the Washington cultural community. Irving performed “Jamaica Farewell” and “Day-O”, from Harry Belafonte’s album, Calypso, the first album in recorded music history to sell over one million copies, and for which Burgie wrote the majority of the songs.
Irving will be releasing a new songbook and cd of his beloved hits, as well as an updated version of his autobiography “Day-O!” on May 25th.
NY, 18 May 2012 – Sadly, iconic performer, singer, guitarist and songwriter Chuck Brown passed away on May 16th at the age of 75 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Known as the “Godfather of Go-Go”, Chuck is considered to be the fundamental force behind significantly shaping the brand of funk music. Go-Go is a subgenre of funk, developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid- and late-1970s. Chuck combined Latin beats, African call and response chants and American Jazz, throwing in a touch of soul with a continuous drumbeat. This nonstop dance music is and has been a trademark of original creative music from the nation’s capital, and has gained Chuck Brown worldwide fans.
His most celebrated hits “Bustin’ Loose”, “Blow Your Whistle”, “Chuck Baby”, “Wind Me Up!” and “Love” amongst many others have not only been hits at the time, but also inspired many artists such as Nelly, Amerie, Eve, Jill Scott and Wale to imitate and implement Chuck’s Go-Go sound into their own music.
We will miss you.
For more information on the incredible artist, please visit his official homepage
NY, 15 May 2012 – We congratulate talented musician Sara Watkins on the release of her second wonderful album Sun Midnight Sun on May 8, 2012. In Sun Midnight Sun Sara displays her instrumental breath: Not only as acclaimed singer-songwriter, but also by underlining her songs by playing the fiddle, the guitar and the ukulele.More
New York, May 7th, 2012 – BMG artist John Legend is appearing in the new ABC reality singing competition, Duets, that will air this summer. Legend will be part of a superstar panel on a quest to find the ultimate singing partners from across the country. Contestant and superstar will compete as a team every week in order to win a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke round out the panel and MTV’s Quddus hosts. The series premieres Thursday, May 24th at 8 pm on ABC.
Berlin, 7 May 2012 – BMG songwriters Ali Tennant and Neil Thrasher have been awarded with #1 chart results this week:
Tulisa’s top hit single “Young” which was released in late April, peaks at #1 in the UK Singles Top 100 for the third week in a row. “Young” co-written by BMG songwriter Ali Tennant is the first single by Tulisa, former lead-singer of N-Dubz. To watch the refreshing video, click here.
DEAF HAVANA ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘LITTLE WHITE LIES’ (FEAT. PORTIA CONN) FOR RELEASE ON MAY 28th
Nashville, 2 May 2012 – ASCAP and BMI recently celebrated the creative teams behind Dierks Bentley’s chart-topping song “Home” at Arnold’s in Nashville. The song is the title track to Bentley’s latest album Home and the singer’s ninth career No. 1 hit. Bentley co-wrote “Home” with Brett Beavers and Dan Wilson. Congratulations!More
NY, 2 May 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US has announced that they have signed a co-publishing agreement with dancer, musician, and songwriter Mark Ballas. The Emmy-nominated Ballas has wowed over 20 million viewers on ABC’s top-ranked show, “Dancing with the Stars,” for eight consecutive seasons. He’s a two-time show champion (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson), and was the focus of a media frenzy when he took performance newcomer Bristol Palin all the way to the finals in Season 11. He garnered a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for his creative pieces during Season 12, and is currently topping the scoreboard on this season’s edition with his partner, classical singer Catherine Jenkins.More
New York, 30 April, 2012 – Lucky guests gathered on April 16th for an intimate concert with Carly Simon at BMG Chrysalis’ Los Angeles space, the first in a new series of showcases with the music rights company’s stellar signatures. Carly gave guests the gift of an unforgetable evening of music with hits that included “Your So Vain”, “Anticipation”, and debuted new songs including “I Can’t Thank You Enough.”
The following evening, Carly was honored with the Founders Award at ASCAP’s Annual Pop Awards for her unparalleled career spanning four decades of openhearted storytelling both in song and print.More
Nashville/ New York, 30 April 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US announced today that Daniel Lee has been named Creative Director within the company’s Nashville operation. He will report to Darrell Franklin, Executive Vice President, effective immediately. Lee’s responsibilities will include the full spectrum of creative functions including the signing and development of new talent as well as song plugging.More
Berlin, 27 April 2012 – Our Berlin office gave a warm welcome to the worldwide BMG synch team for the annual BMG International Synch Conference.
As BMG lives values such as quality of service and transparency, the close cooperation between all offices is considered essential and regular updates the basis. Following the invitation from the BMG headquarters in Berlin, the synch team gathered from Wednesday 25 April until late Thursday 26 April to discuss and brainstorm about the latest and upcoming issues.More
Paris, 26 April 2012 – Five member band Namasté and BMG just signed a co-publishing agreement. Since their first EP L’absurde in April 2010, Paris-based band Namasté has stayed at the top of the indie headlines in France.More
LOS ANGELES, APRIL 20, 2012 – BMG proudly congratulates its songwriters who took home numerous trophies at this year’s ASCAP Pop Awards. The evening’s highlights included BMG’s Carly Simon, who was honored with the ASCAP Founders Award. A group of lucky guests gathered around the artist for an intimate concert the previous evening at BMG’s LA space. Ari Levine and Bruno Mars were awarded Song of the Year for their smash hit “Just the Way You Are” performed by Bruno Mars. BMG songwriters brought home an additional 9 trophies for the year’s Most Performed Songs. They are:More
London, 19 April 2012 – the success of John Legend’s and co-writer will.i.am’s “Ordinary People” from 2005 never seems to reach its end. The song rocketed to #27 in the charts this week, the same position it peaked at in 2005.More
New York, April 19, 2012 – The “Rock ‘N Roll Is The Answer” video from United Record Pressing in Nashville, which documents the making of the limited-edition 7″ for Record Store Day, premiered today on RollingStone.com. Check it out here.
NEW YORK / BERLIN, 18 APRIL 2012 – BMG has scooped the worldwide rights to an unreleased posthumous solo album from former Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, who died 11 years ago aged 49.
The 15 track album “…ya know?” will be preceded on April 21 by a limited-edition 7” vinyl for lead track “Rock ‘N Roll Is the Answer” produced exclusively for Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores.More
London, 17 April 2012 – Successful artist and writer Marlon Roudette releases his single “New Age” in the UK today.
“New Age” has already topped #1 in the Charts for eight weeks in Germany and in many European countries. His album Matter Fixed was declared the album of the week on Smoothradio (UK). We are very eager to hear more from Marlon in the near future.More
Berlin, 16 April 2012 – Having enjoyed international success with their dance beats, German group Cascada released their new single “Summer of Love” which has promptly entered the Charts this week.
Songwriter Tony Cornelissen and producer Manuel Reuter (both BMG) were involved in the production of “Summer of Love” which places #13 in Germany, #7 in Austria and #13 in Switzerland. Congratulations!
Stockholm, 13 April 2012 – Congratulations to Carl Falk, who’s co-write “What makes you beautiful” by One Direction hit the 1 million mark this week and climbed to #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week.
His Nicki Minaj Single “Starships” places #6 on Billboard Hot 100, making us eagerly await the outcome of her next single “Pound the alarm”. Nicki’s album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded tops #1 on Billboard 200 – Carl’s second #1 album in 2012.
For more details, please visit: www.flavors.me/carlfalk
UK: Swiss Lips play tonight in Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Frank Turner to headline Wembley Arena on Friday…
London, 11th April 2012 - Swiss Lips play tonight in Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Frank Turner to headline Wembley Arena on Friday, TEED album available to pre-order, Matt Corby sells out on his national tour, Asteroids Galaxy Tour perform last night in London, Rumer currently in an interview with The Times today.
Swiss Lips play tonight in Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, check out their video below for “U Got The Power”.More
BERLIN, 10 April 2012 – Million-selling Swedish rock band and European festival favourites Mando Diao have signed an exclusive publishing deal with BMG Germany.
Led by singer-songwriters Björn Dixgård and Gustaf Norén, the band has released five studio albums, a Best Of and an MTV Unplugged set over the past nine years with total sales of over one million albums, 600,000 of them in Germany.More
Nashville, 10 April 2012 – BNA Records’ Kenny Chesney and songwriter Brett James celebrated their recent co-written No. 1 chart-topper “Reality,” produced by Buddy Cannon, at Sambuca’s Sky Room on Thursday (4/5). BMI and ASCAP co-hosted the event, which honored Chesney’s 23rd trip to the top of the charts.More
New York, April 9, 2012 – We are pleased to announce that songwriter and musician Daniel Bensi has recently signed a co-publishing agreement with BMG. The agreement encompasses all nine songs that appear on BMG artist Diego Garcia’s 2011 release, Laura, which were co-written by Bensi. Click here to watch the video for their song ‘You Were Never There.’
BOSTON / BERLIN, 5 April 2012 – Singer-songwriter Chris Smither lives true cosmic blues through his 12th album Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds), which will be available in US stores on June 19.
Smither’s cosmic blues are on full display in Hundred Dollar Valentine, a brilliant amalgam of equal parts past, present and future. It is music that has deep traditional roots, anchors its rhythms and textures in today, and reaches forward into the future, asking the Big Questions.More
London/Berlin, 2 April 2012 – As of today, BMG Chrysalis UK will be operating from brand new offices at 33 Wigmore Street in London, W1U 1QX.More
Nashville, March 28th, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis has the honor of participating in this year’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville, TN. Tin Pan South is an annual event that celebrates Nashville’s unique music scene and puts the spotlight on what the town is most known for: songwriting. The event is named in honor of New York’s iconic Tin Pan Alley.
BMG Chrysalis has 23 songwriters participating in the festival. BMG’s participants are Allen Shamblin, Victoria Banks, Kevin Griffin, Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Stevens, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, Neal Carpenter, Adam James, Jon Mabe, Melissa Peirce, Steven Lee Olsen, Jonathan Singleton, Kylie Sackley, Jaron Boyer, Angelo, Matt Wertz, Tommy Lee James, Kendell Marvel, Joie Scott, Darrell Scott, Hayes Carll and Paul Williams. The festival runs from March 27th through March 31st.
New York, March 27, 2012 – The much-awaited release of The Hunger Games (March 23), the film adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s hugely popular young adult novel, was the week’s major US box office event. The film’s companion soundtrack, titled “The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond”, was released on March 20th and is expected to make a big debut on the US sales chart this week.More
Berlin, March 23, 2012 – BMG congratulates all our writers and artists on their success at the annual German music awards, the Echo!
BMG writers Fraser T. Smith and Dan Wilson triumph as Adele adds to her haul of awards – the British soul diva picked up the trophies for ‘Best Female Artist Rock/Pop International’ and ‘Best Album’ for 21, which includes significant contributions from both authors.
Bruno Mars, who signed on with BMG earlier this week, won Best Male Artist Rock/Pop International. His album Doo Wops and Hooligans also features songs by BMG-signed writer Ari Levine.
French DJ David Guetta was awarded ‘Best Club/Dance’ for the album Nothing But the Beat, which contains the song “Nothing Really Matters” by will.i.am.
We also congratulate BMG writers Thomas Azier, Thomas Küchler, Benjamin Bistram, and Friedrich Kautz, whose shares in the album XOXO helped German rapper Casper to the Echo for ‘Best Hip-Hop/Urban’.
New York/Berlin, 21 March 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US announced today that it has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars. The multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer/musician’s debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans has earned 36 Platinum certifications worldwide.
Mars’ first solo single “Just the Way You Are,” hit number 1 in multiple countries across the world and won the critically-acclaimed artist a Grammy Award for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.” Doo-Wops & Hooligans has claimed two additional hit singles “Grenade” and “The Lazy Song.” Mars is a 13-time Grammy Award nominee and has now sold over 36 million singles worldwide.More
Stockholm, 21 March 2012 – The success continues for Swedish writer Carl Falk! We are very proud to
announce that the One Direction album Up All Night, featuring 3 songs co-written by Falk, now debuted
#1 on Billboard 200, making history as the first British group to make such achievements! The album features also songs written by Toby Gad and Tom Meredith.
New York, March 19th, 2012 – BMG welcomes songwriter and producer Steve Fox to our roster. Fox’s songs have appeared on albums by Sugar Ray, Donavon Frankenreiter and reggae/rock band The Dirty Heads. Click here to listen to ‘Knows That I’ off The Dirty Heads’ Any Port In A Storm album.
Hilversum, 15 March 2012 – Aiming at the discovery and development of new talent, TV presenter and singer Angela Groothuizen has joined the BMG family.More
Berlin, 15 March 2012 – Influential German production team The Krauts have entered into an exclusive Songwriter and Co-Publishing Agreement with BMG Germany.
The Krauts team of David Conen, Vincent Graf von Schlippenbach and Dirk Berger have sold millions of albums with their co-operations, projects and co-writes with national German stars such as Peter Fox, Seeed, Beatsteaks, Marteria, Cassandra Steen, Die Fantastischen Vier, Ich und Ich, as well as international ventures with P.Diddy, Amy Winehouse and currently Plan B, blending electronic beats with vintage sounds.More
NY, 14 March 2012 – Bruno Mars, celebrated Grammy Award Winner and currently one of America’s hottest musicians, will star on the cover of this year’s March issue of the Playboy Magazine.
As the 10th male to adorn the cover of Playboy, alongside Miss April Raquel Pomplun, he pays homage to the memory of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley in (hair-) style and appearance. At the risk of maybe disappointing some of you, he will be fully dressed, wearing his own Armani suit on the cover and presenting a cool and colorful version of himself in Ray-Ban glasses and Re-Mix loafers inside the magazine.More
Paris, 14 March 2012 – Three months ago, French six-member rap band 1995 (pronounced Un-Neuf-Neuf-Cinq) was still unsigned. Today, they perform among top ranks in the charts.
Who could have imagined that successful French Hip Hop band 1995 managed its’ first release with neither the benefit of a label nor any significant marketing? La Source, the entirely self-produced and self-distributed EP, climbed up to #7 in the French Digital Album charts and #23 in the Physical Album charts in June 2011.More
Nashville/ London, March 13, 2012 – We are all very excited for UK singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas who has landed her first US television placement. Her powerful track “Reset” will be featured on the final season of One Tree Hill, which airs this Wednesday the 14th at 8/7c on The CW. “Reset” is one of Lucie’s personal favorites off her forthcoming album, Letters To Ghosts, due later his year. Head here to hear “Reset” and listen for Lucie tomorrow night on One Tree Hill.
Stockholm, 13 March 2012 – Carl Falk, celebrated songwriter and producer, has bounced to the top of international charts.
His latest credits include hits such as One Direction’s “One Thing” and “What Makes You Beautiful” and Taio Cruz’ “Troublemaker”, all of which are currently listed among the iTunes Store Top 10 songs in Australia, the US, Canada, Switzerland and Luxembourg.More
London, 13 March 2012 – Last night on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show Beth Dito from Gossip announced their new album, released in May, will be called Perfect World, and gave the unsuspecting public their first bite.More
Berlin, 12 March 2012 – Rights management company BMG has appointed seasoned music executive Sanken Sandqvist to expand its operations in Scandinavia, based in Sweden, the world’s third biggest music export nation.
Sandqvist – an accomplished producer, engineer, recording studio owner, A&R executive and record label president – takes up the role of General Manager with immediate effect.More
London/Berlin, March 7, 2012 – Legendary UK soul band Dexys have confirmed they will release One Day I’m Going To Soar, their first album since 1985, in partnership with rights management company BMG.
Dexys is the most high profile signing to BMG’s record release programme since it announced it planned to double revenue from master recordings during 2012.More
Los Angeles, March 5, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis is thrilled to announce the addition of soul/jazz legend Bohannon to our catalog and artist roster. Coinciding with his signing, Bohannon will be releasing an innovative new album titled Let’s Start the Dance Electronic Soul Train, his first album of new material in 22 years.More
New York, March 5, 2012 - We are excited to announce singer/songwriter Valerie June has signed a co-publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis. June’s songs are a silky pastiche of country, delta blues and Americana roots musical styles. Her new album is co-written by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and will be released at the end of 2012. Click here to watch her video for ‘Workin’ Woman Blues’ and here to watch her performing on John Forte’s ‘Give Me Water.’More
New York, March 5, 2012 – BMG welcomes Canadian singer, songwriter and artist Steven Lee Olsen to our roster. Olsen’s songs have been recorded by numerous artists including The Judds, Emerson Drive, Westlife and Armin van Buuren. As a performer, Olsen has achieved two top twenty hits on Canadian radio and was nominated for a Canadian Radio Music Award for his song “Now“.More
Berlin, March 5, 2012 – Ian Anderson, founder and head of the legendary rock band Jethro Tull, will receive the NatureLife Award for his commitment to biodiversity.
Ian Anderson, whose work has influenced the musical world with titles like “Locomotive Breath”, “Bungle in the Jungle” and the albums Aqualung or Thick as a Brick has proven that music is not his only passion. For decades now, he has engaged in environmental issues and has promoted the protection of endangered species and habitat renaturation.
While innovatively stirring up the musical world with the transverse flute mixed with heavy rock sounds, Anderson simultaneously helped protect the St. Lucia Reservation in South Africa, planted 35,000 trees in Scotland – his homeland – and saved woodlands from industrial acquisition.
Wildcats in their natural habitat and in zoos all around the globe have to thank Anderson for his financial aid.
Stockholm, March 1, 2012 – BMG is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish hard rock band Blindside.
Blindside – Christian Lindskog, Simon Grenehed, Marcus Dahlström and Tomas Näslund – was born a decade ago in the suburbs of Stockholm. The band debuted in April 1997 in Sweden with their self-titled album. With its momentum building, Blindside became the first band signed to Warner/Elektra’s 3 Points imprint, and in 2002 released Silence, a tighter, more produced record.More
The transaction adds 12,000 copyrights including 35 Top 10 hits and the catalogue of German rock icons Die Toten Hosen to BMG’s music publishing assets.
BERLIN, 1 March 2012 – BMG Rights Management (BMG) announced today the completion of a transaction whereby BMG acquired the assets of R2M Music (Lux) S.a.r.l (“R2M”). The transaction adds 12,000 copyrights including 35 Top 10 hits and many top songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s to BMG’s music publishing assets.More
Berlin, February 29, 2012 – We are proud to present our nominees for the 2012 ECHO Award, the German equivalent to the Grammy, or the Brit Award. The show will take place in Berlin on March 22, and will be broadcast live on German national televison.
The winner in the category ‘Best Video National’ is selected by the audience. Click here to cast your vote online (until March 11) and support Haudegen, Lena (writer: Gus Seyffert) and 23 (writer: Vincent Stein).
The nominees list:
CATEGORY: RADIO ECHO
“Nur in meinem Kopf” by Andreas Bourani (Andreas Bourani, Thomas Olbrich)
Song taken from the album Staub und Fantasie
Berlin, February 28, 2012 – BMG Germany is happy to announce a publishing partnership with Björn Meyer (Edition Excellence Extreme Publishing), and the joint signing of Jesper Strömblad.More
New York/Los Angeles, February 22, 2012 – We are pleased to announce that Carly Simon will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award during its 29th Annual Pop Music Awards. This prestigious honor is being presented to Carly for her pioneering and timeless songwriting, artistic legacy, and her contributions to music. We congratulate Carly on receiving this esteemed award!More
London, 22 February 2012 – BMG writers were again to the fore when the BRIT Awards were announced in London last night.More
New York, February 20, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis welcomes Brooklyn-based band, Exitmusic, to the roster via our joint venture with Frenchkiss. The husband and wife duo will release their new album in 2012.More
Berlin, February 17, 2012 – We are happy that “Standing Still”, performed by Roman Lob, will make its way to the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan on May 26, 2012. The song was chosen as the German entry for Baku by the audience of the casting show Unser Star für Baku. “Standing Still” was written by Steve Robson (BMG/Stage Three Music) alongside Jamie Cullum (EMI Publishing), and Wayne Hector (Sony/ATV).
Grammy nominee Steve Robson has sold over 30 million records as a songwriter and producer. He has written hit songs for Take That, James Morrison, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Jonas Brothers, Leann Rimes, or Tina Turner.
Paris, February 15, 2012 – BMG France is happy to announce the acquisition of publishing and master rights of French pop group GOLD. The band enjoyed tremendous success in the late 1980s, producing hits that many in France can hum along: “Capitaine abandonné”, “Ville de lumière”, “Laissez-nous chanter”, “Plus près des étoiles” or “Calicoba” have become evergreen standards. GOLD broke up in 1989. Their master recordings are currently distributed by Warner Music.
About ten years ago, former lead singer Emile partnered with IMAGES to land an impressive comeback under the name Emile & Images. Together, they re-recorded GOLD’s and IMAGES’ hits and sold over a million copies of both the studio and the subsequent live album. Emile tours regularly playing GOLD’s and Emile & Images’ music, recently in the context of the extremely successful RFM Party 80 tour.
We are delighted to promote these great songs.
Nashville, February 14, 2012 – ASCAP hosted a No. 1 Party for David Nail’s “Let It Rain,” a song Nail co-wrote with Jonathan Singleton. Producers Chuck Ainlay and Frank Liddell were also honored at the event alongside publishers BMG Chrysalis and Carnival Music.More
London, February 13, 2012 – Skindred have released a new video to their track “Doom Riff” from their album Union Black. Our Welsh rock band is due to headline the Jagermeister Music Tour, playing 5 gigs all over the UK in April 2012.
Los Angeles / Berlin, February 13, 2012 – BMG writers won a brace of Grammys at last night’s ceremony in LA including credits on Album of the Year ‘21’ from six-time Grammy winner Adele.
In all, BMG writers contributed to victory in 25 of the 78 categories.
Biggest winners on the night were Adele and Foo Fighters, who won five.More
Berlin, February 13, 2012 – Research from international record companies trade association the IFPI shows that BMG-signed writers accounted for five of the Top 10 biggest selling tracks of the past 12 months worldwide.
Leading the rankings with sales of 12.5 million units was ‘Just The Way You Are’ performed by Bruno Mars and co-written among others by BMG writers Bruno Mars and Ari Levine. The successful pairing of Mars and Levine was also among the writers of the second biggest-selling track of the year, ‘Grenade’, which sold 10.2 million downloads and ‘The Lazy Song’ which sold 6.5 million units.
The two other songs in the Top 10 from BMG writers were LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’, which BMG represents in Scandinavia and the Baltic States, co-written by BMG writers Stefan Gordy, Skyer Gordy, David Listenbee, and Peter Schroeder, and ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’, performed by The Black Eyed Peas and co-written by BMG writers Will Adams, John DeNicola, Damien Leroy, Donald Markowitz, and Allan Pineda.
London, January 31, 2012 – Spector’s new single ‘Chevy Thunder’ will be out on February 27th on Fiction label. The band will also be on tour throughout February and will be supporting Florence And The Machine on their UK and European Tour throughout March 2012.
Watch the new video for ‘Chevy Thunder’ shot on location in the wastelands of Southern California by clicking below.
Nashville, January 31st, 2012 – We are pleased to announce the release of Jason Aldean’s new single, “Fly Over States”, co-written by BMG Chrysalis writer Neil Thrasher. “Fly Over States” is the fifth single off Jason’s double-platinum album My Kinda Party, which was the top selling Country album of 2011. Congratulations to Neil and Jason on their release! Listen to “Fly Over States” by over on Jason Aldean’s official website.
Los Angeles, January 30, 2012 – American singer-songwriter Kina Grannis is starting her In Your Arms World Tour 2012 this Wednesday!More
Berlin, 29 January, 2012 – BMG, the global rights management business, has announced it is planning to double revenue from master recordings over the course of 2012.
The company says it has allocated a “significant” budget to increase this part of its business this year, as its emphasis moves from acquisition to organic growth.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “Developing a strong catalogue of master recordings has formed part of our plan since BMG was founded in 2008. We see a lot of opportunity in the market and are now accelerating our investment.”More
Dublin, January 27, 2012 – We congratulate our writers Brett Beavers and Dan Wilson on their nomination at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. Their collaboration “Home”, performed by Dierks Bentley, is nominated for Song of the Year!
Brett Beavers has written several number one Hot Country Songs for Dierks Bentley since 2001. Their partnership has produced hits like the Grammy Award-nominated “Long Trip Alone” and “Every Mile a Memory”. Brett Beavers has also written songs for Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, or The Band Perry.
For Dan Wilson, the nomination is a continuation of an impressive success streak: he contributed three songs to Adele’s multi-platinum LP 21, which is a favorite for the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Among Wilson’s credits are “Don’t You Remember” and the hit single “Someone Like You”. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Jason Mraz, Weezer, or The Dixie Chicks, with whom he won the 2006 Grammy for Song of the Year for “Not Ready To Make Nice”.
London, January 27, 2012 – Rizzle Kicks’ new single ‘Mama Do The Hump’ moved swiftly into number 2 of the UK charts last week, with their album also appearing back in the top 10. They are due to have an exciting headline performance at XOYO this Friday at ‘Q Now: The Session’ – Rizzle Kicks’ are really making some noise.
London, January 27, 2012 – The Maccabees started their sell-out UK tour last weekend, with their first gig in Sheffield receiving 4 stars in The Guardian. They describe the performance as ‘beautifully cinematic’, and added the following on the new album: ‘It says much about their confidence in the new material that little appears from their old albums, with no less than three quarters of Given To The Wild.’
This week they performed in London at Koko and the Brixton Academy. UK Senior Creative Manager, David O’Bryan made it down to the Koko gig and said the following: ‘They performed to a packed out Koko, with a real sense of excitement and expectation in the air, and delivered on all fronts. They sounded fantastic, looked like a band at their peak of their powers, and the crowd responded accordingly. An excellent gig.’
New York, January 27, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis is proud to announce the signing of producer Rodney Jerkins. Jerkins has won multiple Grammy Awards including his first for Destiny Child’s “Say My Name”. He is recognized for his production on Toni Braxton, Lindsay Lohan, Keyshia Cole, Brandy, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah, Britney Spears, Mary Mary, The Black Eyed Peas, Destiny’s Child, Spice Girls, TLC, Janet Jackson, Danity Kane, Beyoncé, Linda Király, Lady Gaga, Cascada, Tamia, Pussycat Dolls, Whitney Houston, Natasha Bedingfield, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie, JYJ, Wonder Girls, Austin Brown, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Utada Hikaru, LMFAO, and The Pussycat Dolls.
New York, January 27, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis is happy to welcome urban, pop and dance producer, Megaman. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Megaman has produced for platinum artists Lil Wayne, Drake, and Young Jeezy. His most recent cut “MegaMan” peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and can be found on Lil Wayneʼs album ‘Tha Carter IV’, which to date has sold over 1.9 million units in the US alone.
Paris, January 27, 2012 – BMG France is proud to announce a sub-publishing deal with GEDEON Programmes. BMG will administer GEDEON’s catalog worldwide and publish it outside of France.
GEDEON Programmes is one of the main television production firms in France. Founded in 1994, the company has produced over 600 television documentaries to date, and currently produces an average of 50 documentaries each year. Its programs are broadcast on various TV channels in France – notably France Television, Canal +, and Arte – and are also being sold to foreign broadcasters to be aired in many territories of the world.
Most music used in GEDEON’s documentaries is original music commissioned and owned by the company itself. To date, GEDEON Programmes has gathered a large library of instrumental music that can be used for synch in third-party programs.
For more information on GEDEON Programmes, visit www.gedeonprogrammes.com/en/index.php.
Paris, January 23, 2012 – BMG congratulates our artists and writers to their nominations in the second and final round voting of the French Victoires 2012 Music Awards, the French equivalent of the Grammys:More
New York, January 25, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US welcomes acclaimed singer-songwriter John Sebastian to our roster. Most famously known as the founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Sebastian’s career spans four decades and includes appearances at the Woodstock Music Festivals in 1969 and 1994, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. He was signed with Bug Music and has now signed an Admin agreement worldwide. Sebastian’s presence at BMG will be a great addition.More
London, January 16, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis writers the Maccabees have kicked off 2012 in style with a Top Five entry for their third album, Given To The Wild, their first since signing to BMG Chrysalis in the middle of last year.
The album is already a critical hit, and this week it debuts on the UK charts at four to make The Maccabees the first breakthrough act of 2012.
BMG Chrysalis UK Vice-President of A&R Ben Bodie says, “This is a significant result which positions the band well for the year. This is a band which has hit its creative stride and we are delighted to be working with them.”More
New York, January 16, 2012 – BMG Chrysalis US welcomes Virginia Beach-based band We Are Trees who have signed a world-wide co-publishing deal via our joint venture with French Kiss. The band released EP Girlfriend in 2011 featuring single “I Don’t Believe in Love”. Check out their homepage and listen to the songs.More
London, January 13, 2012 – BMG writers were to the fore when the BRITs announced nominations for the 2012 awards show yesterday. BMG writers are represented in 11 of the 13 categories in relation to 26 of the nominees.
Writer/performers represented include Laura Marling (British Female Solo Artist), Fleet Foxes (International Group), Bruno Mars and Ryan Adams (both for International Male). Key non-performer writers represented among the nominees are Dan Wilson and Fraser T Smith for their work on multiple nominee Adele’s ‘21’. Five of the 10-strong Best British Single nominations list were written or co-written by BMG writers. BMG writer Ethan Johns was nominated for his work as a producer in the Best Producer category.More
Berlin, January 10, 2012 – BMG shooting stars The Asteroids Galaxy Tour release “Heart Attack”, the first single taken from their upcoming album Out Of Frequency. The follow-up to the Danish duo’s highly acclaimed debut, Fruit, will be released on February 24, 2012. To shorten the wait, watch the video to “Heart Attack” here!
London, January 10, 2012 – BMG currently has shares in eight of the Top 10 UK albums. Adele’s 14-times platinum album, ’21′, has returned to the Number 1 spot, and in doing so becomes the longest chart-topping album release in nearly 42 years, as confirmed by the Official Charts Company. The album, which is now also the biggest selling album of the 21st century, contains BMG shares on four tracks via writers Fraser T Smith (now with Sony) and Dan Wilson. BMG also has shares on UK Top 10 albums by Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Olly Murs, Jessie J and Rihanna.
Nashville, January 9, 2012 - The David Nail single “Let It Rain”, co-written with BMG Chrysalis writer Jonathan Singleton, reached #1 on the Country music charts today. Congratulations to Jonathan, David & MCA Records on taking “Let It Rain” to the top. Check out the official music video and read an interview with Jonathan about the writing of “Let It Rain.”
Nashville, January 9, 2012 – Country superstars Rascal Flatts are set to release a new single, “Banjo”, co-written by BMG Chrysalis writer Neil Thrasher. The song will debut on Country radio on January 17th and will serve as the lead single off the band’s new album, which will be released this spring.More
New York, January 9, 2012 - We are pleased to welcome the Brooklyn-based trio The Big Sleep to the BMG Chrysalis roster. The psych-rockers release their new full-length album, Nature Experiments, on January 31st via Frenchkiss Records. Download the first single, “Ace”, and see more of The Big Sleep by clicking HERE.More
Berlin, January 4, 2012 – BMG is pleased to announce that the production- and writing team The Amplifiers signed a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG (Edition You CAN Buy Taste / BMG Rights Management).More
Stockholm, December 8, 2011 – The album Solar by finnish indie rockers Rubik has made it to the final twelve nominees for the Nordic Music Prize, which is an award for the Best Nordic Album – where they will compete against the likes of Björk, Lykke Li, Ane Brun and The Field. The prize is a nordic equivalent to the Mercury Prize where influential people from the worldwide music industry select the nominees and winners.More
Stockholm, December 8, 2011 – Syket are rounding up nominations: After being nominated for The Music Publishers Prize for ‘Breakthrough of The Year’, now they also are one of the few acts who received a nomination in the category ‘Best Pop’ at the P3 Gold Awards. P3 is one of Swedens biggest national radio stations. The annual P3 Gold Award will be held for the tenth time, taking place in Gothenburg on January 21, 2012.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 7TH, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis is proud to announce a joint venture agreement with Trauma 2 Publishing. The three-year deal will be an opportunity for BMG Chrysalis to enter the AV content creation business by securing rights in film and television score. In addition, the joint venture will allow BMG Chrysalis to sign writers specifically for film and give the BMG-Chrysalis catalog preferred placement in films scored by Trauma 2.
“The potential to co-own the score in a hit film or television series is highly desirable” said BMG Chrysalis EVP, COO Laurent Hubert, “Also through this joint venture, we will be able to attract unique talents such as Christine Connolly, and create new opportunities for our BMG Chrysalis catalog within the TV and Film world.”More
Berlin, December 6, 2011 – Besides an extensive tour plan of the last few months, including live performances on renowned festivals and venues in Russia, France, Sweden and Italy amongst others, drumming legend Billy Cobham has been working on an online educating project, the Billy Cobham Drum School as part of the Artistworks Drum Academy. Musicians from all over the world get the chance to watch online lessons and receive tips and feedback here from Billy Cobham himself. Billy Cobham is known as a unique drummer in the Jazz and Jazz Fusion scene since decades: He has played with renowned musicians such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Peter Gabriel and Santana.More
London, December 6, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis has come top of the UK indie publishers in the album market shares of Q3 2011 with a 17.9% share. BMG Chrysalis have also come second, closely behind Kobalt, in the singles market share by controlling 20.6% of the Q3 singles. With the added acquisition of Bug Music, BMG Chrysalis look set to maintain a strong market share in Q4 and beyond.
This fantastic Q3 result is largely down to BMG Chrysalis having splits on 3 of the top ten selling singles of Q3 (Olly Murs feat Rizzle Kicks: ‘Heart Skipd A Beat’ | One Direction: ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ | Adele: ‘Set Fire To The Rain’) and 4 of the top 10 selling albums of Q3 (Various Artists: ‘Now 79!’ | Adele: ‘21’ | Beyonce: ‘4’ | Ed Sheeran ‘+’).
New York, December 2, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis is proud to announce their 77 Grammy nominations this year. The 54th awards ceremony will take place on February 12th, 2012 in Los Angeles, California at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST on CBS. BMG Chrysalis is proud of all of its nominees, and with over 70 nominations, this shows the diversity of BMG’s catalog.More
NEW YORK, November 16, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Griffiths as SVP, Marketing, responsible for the US territory. Based at BMG Chrysalis’ Los Angeles office, Griffiths will oversee all US marketing initiatives effective immediately. She will report to Laurent Hubert, EVP, COO BMG Chrysalis North America. Griffiths also will be collaborating closely with the BMG Chrysalis A&R department and BMG international affiliates.
Laurent Hubert stated: “We are very excited to add Wendy Griffiths to our marketing team. She brings a wealth of experience through her prior career at one of the leading international music companies and her close work with many renowned artists. This will be invaluable in helping expand and grow BMG Chrysalis’ international roster.”
Griffiths brings a valuable expertise of the music industry with her after having spent 25 years at Warner Brother Records where she held the position of SVP, Video Promotion & Production and most recently SVP, Film & Soundtracks. Griffiths has played a key role in the career development of artists such as Alanis Morissette, Green Day, Michael Bublé, Michelle Branch, My Chemical Romance, Muse, and Linkin Park. She also collaborated with legendary acts such as Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, Neil Young, Cher, and Eric Clapton developing marketing campaigns on a global level. Most recently, Griffiths worked closely alongside Grammy Award winner, David Foster, and his successful PBS Series ‘HITMAN’ and ‘HITMAN RETURNS’, Executive Producing both.
“This job is the culmination of everything I have done previously in the music business. For me this is a great opportunity to work with Laurent, his dedicated team of professionals and the incredible artists whose music we all cherish.”, said Griffiths.
Berlin/Hilversum, November 29, 2011 – The music project “Bart Constant” will be presented along with its debut album during two special mini exhibitions in galleries in Berlin and Amsterdam in January, 2012. The album is entitled Tell Yourself Whatever You Have To, and is something that became more than just a record. It is set for release on January 13, 2012.
For the record’s packaging a special neon sculpture of the typography was created and then hung in a secluded forest for a day, running on a generator, and photographed with beautiful, melancholic results. Additionally, last March saw the release of the video for the song Do Better; a seven-minute short that recently won Best Music Video at the Dutch Film Festival, and was chosen as Video of the Week by New York based tastemaker blog Stereogum. Image and sound not only seem to be made for each other, but actually are.More
London, November 22, 2011 – Deaf Havana’s album ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’ stormed to the top of the UK rock chart this week, edging competition from Evanescence, Lou Reed & Metallica, Megadeth, You Me At Six and legendary influences of theirs, both Nirvana and Foo Fighters.More
New York, November 21, 2011 – The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) held its annual Awards Gala in Toronto, November 16, 2011, presenting awards to the following Bug/Windswept songs and songwriters:
K’Naan received the International Achievement Award (presented to SOCAN members who received International recognition in 2010 through their music)
Wavin’ Flag (K’Naan/Jean Daval/Philip Lawrence/Bruno Mars) received a Pop/Rock Music Award (songs that achieved the greatest number of performances on domestic radio during 2010)
Sarah Harmer received the Folk/Roots Music Award (presented to SOCAN members whose current repertoire of creative works in this genre achieved the highest number of performances in domestic radio, pay audio, and concerts during 2010)
Prairie Oyster received the National Achievement Award (Presented to SOCAN members who have had outstanding success, predominantly in the Canadian music industry, over the span of their career)
Congratulations to all of our award winners!
London, November 15, 2011 – We are proud to announce that Alex Reid signed a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG Chrysalis on November 2, 2011.More
Paris, November 11, 2011 – BMG is pleased to announce the signing of a worldwide co-publishing agreement with the French HipHop act “1995”. The six-member group has quickly attracted both a huge number of fans and significant buzz.More
Nasville, November 10, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis is proud to announce that its songwriters have been awarded no less than seven awards during the 59th annual BMI Country Awards ceremony that took place in Nashville, November 8, 2011. BMI celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind country music’s most-performed songs of the past year during the evening. The event was staged in BMI’s Nashville offices, located in the heart of Music Row, where behind-the-scenes hit-makers and center stage superstars came together to toast one another as songwriters.More
Nashville, November 10, 2011 – This year’s Country Music Awards (CMA), taking place on November 9, 2011, featured several BMG Chrysalis artists and writers on both the performance and award stages:
Matt Nathanson performs his song “Run” with Jennifer Nettles of SugarlandMore
London, November 8, 2011 – Yesterday, UK rock band Deaf Havana released their debut album Fools And Worthless Liars, consisting of 13 tracks. On the 6th of November 2011, the album rocketed straight to the top of the rock iTunes charts after just ten minutes, following major demand from the public. The title has picked up some unbelievable press and reviews and has also trended internationally on Twitter, meaning it is one of the most talked-about things worldwide on Twitter.More
Berlin, November 7, 2011 – BMG invited the advertising and production industry to a presentation of the 2011 Lions Cannes-Reel at Berlin’s former Hungarian cultural center ‘.HBC’ on November 1, 2011. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world’s biggest and premier showcase and celebration of creativity in communications. This year, more than 24,000 entries from all over the world were showcased and judged.More
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New York, November 3, 2011 – At her sold-out Los Angeles concert at Largo Theater last night, November 2, 2011, LA-based singer-songwriter and recent MTV Award-winner Kina Grannis unveiled her “Secret Crazy Project” (SCP). More than 22-months in the making, the SCP was revealed to be a one-of-a-kind music video for her song “In Your Arms” – a video shot entirely using stop motion animation and constructed using more than a quarter-million Jelly Belly jelly beans. More specifically, “In Your Arms” was made from 288,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans, spread throughout 2,460 frames, filmed across 1,357 hours.More
New York, November 2, 2011 – Indie rock band The Dear Hunter, who have recently joined forces with BMG Chrysalis, are currently on a US tour with, Manchester Orchestra (also signed to BMG Chrysalis), ending with a final show in Atlanta, Georgia on November 23, 2011.More
Stockholm, October 27, 2011 – Syket’s critically acclaimed debut album With Love has awarded the six piece band a place as one of the four nominees for Best Newcomer at this year’s Music Publishers Prize. The ceremony will be held at Berns Salonger in Stockholm, November 11th, 2011. The award show honors Swedish songwriters, lyricists and composers of both popular and classical music. We’re keeping our finger’s crossed.More
New York, October 27, 2011 – Adele’s chart-breaking album ‘21’ returns to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, rising from #2 back to the chart’s peak and marking its 13th week atop the tally. That is the most weeks at #1 since the soundtrack to “Titanic” set sail in 1998 and spent 16 weeks at the top.
Congratulations to Adele and our writers who feature on the album, Dan Wilson and Fraser T Smith!
London, October 25, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis UK is proud to have completed an exclusive songwriter agreement as well as a recording and exploitation deal with UK rock band Deaf Havana on October 20, 2011. The band marked the signing of the contracts with a performance in front of 5,000 people at Brixton Academy.More
Berlin, October 24, 2011 – BMG is delighted to announce the new releases of BMG songwriter and producer Toby Gad.
Kelly Clarkson`s brand new album Stronger is availbale in US stores now, contributing two songs by Gad: “The war is over” and “Einstein”. Also released in the US today was The Awakening from James Morrison, which already topped the UK album charts at #1. Morrison`s album includes three songs by Gad: “Slave to the rhythm,” “One life” and “Up”.
Multi-Platinum songwriter Toby Gad, known for his success with hits like “If I were a boy” by Beyonce and “Big Girls don’t cry” by Fergie has also written and produced the new UK Jessi J single “Who you are”, Demi Lovato´s “Skyscraper” and written Nicole Scherzinger`s “Don’t hold your breath”. With a great success – they are all climbing the charts.More
Berlin, October 18, 2011 – BMG hosted its annual Administration Meeting at the Head office in Berlin on October 10-13, 2011. Focal points of the meeting were current issues of Copyright Administration and Royalty Accounting, under which several lectures of the 35 participating BMG employees were held. The attendees, who were from each territory a BMG office is located in – Germany France, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, UK, US and the Benelux – worked together during the meetings in order to improve all BMG service processes to better serve the needs of copyright owners.
New York, October 18, 2011 – The annual CMJ Music Marathon Festival, headquartered in downtown Manhattan, will begin its events of panel sessions, seminars and music showcases this Tuesday, October 18th.
BMG Chrysalis artists featured in this year’s festival include Torpedo Boyz, Penguin Prison, Aunt Martha, Little Red, Nikki Lane, CSS, Death Letters, De Staat and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
London, October 11, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis collected no less than six BMI Awards at this year’s annual music awards ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel in London, October 4, 2011.More
Nashville, October 6, 2011: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor The Civil Wars with the Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. The duo will be honored during the 49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, taking place Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland. The event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011.More
Berlin, September 21, 2011 – We are very proud to continue this week with another outstanding charts presence all around the world:More
New York/London/Berlin, September 12, 2011 – BMG is proud to congratulate our artist/songwriters to this week’s top single charts positions in the US, UK, and Germany!
Adele is back at #1 in the US single charts with “Someone Like You,” co-written by BMG songwriter Dan Wilson. In the UK, “All About Tonight” co-written by Tommy Lee James and Tebey Ottoh with Pixie Lott sits at the top of the single charts at #1, and in Germany Marlon Roudette has a #1 hit with his single “New Age.”
Congratulations to everyone on this great success!
Berlin / Los Angeles, September 12, 2011 – BMG Rights Management (BMG) and Spectrum Equity Investors (Spectrum) announced today the execution of a definitive agreement under which BMG will acquire Bug Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bug Music, Inc. (Bug Music), which are controlled by Spectrum and Crossroads Media, Inc. (Crossroads).
Bug Music is a leading independent music publisher. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Bug Music currently owns and/or manages copyrights, including evergreen classics and contemporary hits such as “Fever”, “What a Wonderful World”, “I Walk the Line”, “Summer in the City”, “The Real Slim Shady”, “Who Are You?”, “Under the Boardwalk” and “The Passenger”.More
Nashville/New York, September 8, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis is proud to announce that writer and artist John Paul White has been nominated for a CMA award for his band The Civil Wars. On Tuesday, September 6th the Country Music Association (CMA), announced their 2011 nominations, giving The Civil Wars a nod for Vocal Duo of the Year. The CMA Awards will air live on ABC November 9th, 2011 at 8/7c.
The Civil Wars is composed of BMG Chrysalis writer John Paul White and female vocalist, Joy Williams. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee the indie folk, alternative country duo, have been working together since meeting in 2008 at a songwriting retreat. Their first studio album, Barton Hollow, was released on February 1st, 2011 on Sensibility Music. Their video “Barton Hollow” was also nominated for a CMT Award for Duo Video of the Year.More
New York, August 21, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis is happy to announce the signing of drumming legend Billy Cobham to a worldwide sub-publishing deal covering his entire repertoire.More
Nashville, August 18, 2011 – For her work on “Coming Home” from the film Country Strong, songwriter Hillary Lindsey has been nominated for a 2011 World Soundtrack Award. The song is nominated in the category of Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 22nd.
The World Soundtrack Academy was founded in 2001 by the Ghent International Film Festival to honor film composers and celebrate the role of music in film. We congratulate Hillary on this great honor and cross our fingers for her!
Nashville, August 15, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis songwriter Stephanie Lambring performed at this year’s second East Side Sounds showcase that took place in Nashville, August 10, 2011.
Rumours East Wine Bar hosted the latest installment of the event organized by BMI, an ongoing series that features eclectic acts in an intimate, outdoor setting in one of the area’s most musically rich neighborhoods. Besides Lambring, singer/songwriter Jimmy Robbins, Robert Kelly and Julia Sinclar contributed with finely crafted songs to the event that consists of acoustic in-the-round sets by indie up-and-comers.
New York, August 10, 2011 – Songwriter and producer Toby Gad is featured this week in Billboard Magazine for “6 Questions with Toby Gad.” The article also mentions Toby’s relationship with BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch.
After more than two decades in the music business, Toby Gad has built up an impressive body of work, including such hits as Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”. His most recent project, “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato, debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it a summer hit. We are excited to see what he is up to next…
We are delighted to serve Toby’s publishing needs, helping to support him as an internationally successful songwriter. Toby, it is great to be part of the team!
New York, July 21, 2011 – Today, MTV announced the nominees for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, proving to be great news for BMG! Adele, Cee-Lo Green and Lil Wayne received nominations for their hit videos from this past year.
To add to her incredibly successful year so far, Adele is up for an impressive seven awards, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing. Cee-Lo Green is nominated in the Best Male Video category for his smash hit, “F*** You”. “6’7′” by Lil Wayne featuring Cory Guns is also up for the Best Hip Hop Video award. The annual awards show is to take place Sunday, August 29, 2011 at 9 p.m. We wish Adele, Cee-Lo and Lil Wayne the best of luck!
New York, July 13, 2011 – This week’s US charts are a great showing for BMG Chrysalis artists and writers! We currently hold five out of the top six albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
The top albums include Beyonce’s 4 at #1, Adele’s 21 at #2, Big Sean’s Finally Famous: The Album at #3, Selena Gomez & the Scene’s When the Sun Goes Down at #4, and Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party at #6. A big congratulations goes out to all our artists and writers for their success on the charts!
New York, July 11, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis is happy to announce that on the recently-released Nielson SoundScan mid-year reports, two BMG Chrysalis songs made it into the top ten on the digital downloads list. These songs are “F**k You (Forget You)” by Cee Lo Green and “Just Can’t Get Enough” by The Black Eyed Peas.
“F**k You (Forget You),” written by Thomas Callaway, has been one of the most popular hits of the year. It sits at #3 on the list, with 3,229,000 in sales to date. “Just Can’t Get Enough,” a brilliant collaboration between will.i.am and Jean Baptiste, holds the #7 spot with 2,462,000 in sales. Although the year is far from over, we congratulate our artists and writers on their success thus far!
US: Allen Shamblin Among the 2011 Nominees for Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Nashville, June 27, 2011 – BMG Chrysalis songwriter Allen Shamblin, best known for his songs in the country music genre, has recently been nominated for one of the United States’ highest songwriting honors– induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame!More
Berlin, June 8, 2011 – Several of BMG songwriter Leonidas “Freakchild” Chantzaras’ works on records for various artists have recently been certified gold or platinum albums.More
Dublin/Berlin, 23 May 2011 – Mary Ann Slim has been appointed to the position
of Managing Director of BMG Rights Management (Ireland) Ltd.
In her new role, Slim will run the Dublin-based S1 Songs business (acquired by BMG
through its acquisition of Chrysalis), represent the overall BMG Chrysalis roster and
catalogue in Ireland, sign new writers and seek further catalogue acquisition
Nashville, May 3, 2011
Berlin, 22 April, 2011 – He was the coolest cat in town! A voice like velvet, dark sunglasses and an otherworldly range made Roy Orbison unique among a sea of performers.
BMG is looking foward to his upcoming 75th Birthday tomorrow with celebrations all over the world!
Watch the Birthday Video here!
New York / Berlin – March 21, 2011- BMG Chrysalis, one of the world’s leading music rights companies, announced that its North American division has signed an exclusive US/Canada agreement with Carly Simon. The agreement sees BMG Chrysalis handling all of the artist’s administration, collection and exploitation in the US and Canada on both back catalogue and futures.
Ms. Simon is a multi-platinum singer/songwriter and recording artist, a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, and the first artist to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy for a song that was composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist. Her extensive body of work includes the chart-topping, multi-platinum albums Anticipation (1974), and No Secrets (1972), and the smash hit singles “Anticipation”, “You’re So Vain,” “Loving You’s the Right Thing To Do,” “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” “Mockingbird” and “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain.” She has also authored and performed a string of international hits scored for film, including “Coming Around Again” and “Let the River Run.”
“Over the years, Carly Simon has taken us on an irresistible musical journey. She has captured our hearts through so many of her soulful hits and we are thrilled that she has chosen to continue that journey with BMG,” said Richard Blackstone, Chief Creative Officer, BMG Chrysalis North America.More
BERLIN/NEW YORK, February 21, 2011 – BMG, a leading music rights company, announces the appointment of Steven Moran as its global Chief Operating Officer. Moran will join the Executive Team and will be based in the company’s headquarters in Berlin. In this newly created role, he will oversee the rights administration group, the company’s worldwide integration and technology operations, and be responsible for the human resources function as BMG executes on its extraordinary growth strategy.More
Berlin/Los Angeles, 15 February, 2011 – BMG is proud of its songwriters and artists who were awarded twelve GRAMMY Awards altogether at this year’s ceremony. The 53rd GRAMMY Awards took place February 14, 2011 in Los Angeles.More
Arlington, 07 February, 2011 – The Black Eyed Peas provided the half time entertainment during the Super Bowl and presented a 10 minute long Best-Of-Selection. What a great show!
New York, January 31, 2011 – Wilmot NH based indie folk trio Aunt Martha is set to release their new EP “Bloodshot” on February 1st. Originally based out of New York City beginning at the end of 2008, the band relocated to Wilmot NH during the summer of 2010 shortly after the departure of one of the original members. With a new trio lineup, their days were soon occupied by nothing other than rehearsing and writing, and they soon had more than enough material to pick from for a new recording.More
New York, January 28, 2010 – BMG has successfully placed an unprecedented 7 songs in last night’s American Idol Show!
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New York, January 26, 2011 – BMG, one of the world’s leading music rights companies, announced that its North American division has extended its exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Songwriter Hall of Fame member Irving Burgie. Author of numerous chart-topping hits for Harry Belafonte, he is long been acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of Caribbean music.
Irving Burgie’s classic Caribbean standards include such familiar hits as “Day-O,” “Jamaica Farewell,” “Island In the Sun,” “Angelina,” “Yellow Bird,” and he was co-writer of “Mary’s Boy Child.” “Day-O,” written in 1955, has seen many reincarnations through various samplings, including “We Are the World,” and most recently, in Lil’ Wayne’s “Six Foot Seven Foot” which was performed live on NBC’S Saturday Night Live on Dec. 18th.More
Nashville, January 25, 2011 – Hillary Lindsey is nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Original Song for her song “COMING HOME” (from the film “Country Strong” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw & Leighton Meester). This was the only repeat nomination in this category that also received a nomination at the golden globes. BMG congratulates Hillary on this huge accomplishment!!More
New York – January 24, 2011- BMG, one of the world’s leading music rights companies, announced that it has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Notable Music Co., the entity founded by the Great American Songbook legend, Cy Coleman. In addition to Cy Coleman’s prestigious catalogue, BMG will represent the rights of Notable Music Co.’s full catalogue including the works of Bobby Hebb, Clifton Davis, Rosanne Cash, Wax Poetics, Chico Mann, Adriane Young, Aja West/The Mackrosoft and new masters by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sam Phillips.
Cy Coleman first burst onto the New York music scene in the 1940’s as a jazz piano prodigy. In the mid- and late 1950’s, as leader of the popular Cy Coleman Trio, he enjoyed major success by penning “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life” for Nat King Cole, “Why Try To Change Me Now” and “Witchcraft” for Frank Sinatra, “The Best Is Yet To Come” for Tony Bennett and “The Playboy Theme” for the popular TV series, Playboy’s Penthouse.More
New York/Berlin – January 20, 2011 – BMG, one of the world’s leading music rights companies, announced that its North American division has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) which sees BMG handling all of the artist’s administration, collection and exploitation efforts worldwide on both back catalogue and recent releases.
Performing as Cat Stevens in the 1970’s, Yusuf’s discography reads like an anthology of pop music’s most iconic, unforgettable songs. His albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970), and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified as Triple Platinum in the United States. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four sold one-half million copies in the first two weeks of release and was Billboard’s number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. Tea for the Tillerman, considered his international breakthrough album, has been included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, is featured in Robert Dimery’s reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and has been included in the list of The Definitive 200 Albums of All Time, released by The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.More
US: BMG US signs exclusive Publishing Deal with FUJI Entertainment America to include catalogues ARC Music, Six Palms Music, and Third Story
New York – January 18, 2011 – BMG, one of the world’s leading music rights companies, announced that it has signed a worldwide deal, excluding Japan and South East Asia, which sees BMG North America handling all of the administration, collection and exploitation efforts on behalf of Fuji Entertainment America’s iconic catalogues ARC Music, Six Palms Music, and Third Story.More
The Civil Wars performed “Barton Hollow” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno YESTERDAY! See pictures from the duo featuring Nashville songwriter John Paul White and Joy Williams.More
Berlin/New York, January 6, 2011 – BMG is pleased to finish its first full year in the US with a strong presence on Billboard’s “Year-End Charts.” 2010 was a collaborative effort, and the year-end charts show strengths from the BMG catalog as well as the recent acquisitions through Crosstown Songs, Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Stage Three Music, and Evergreen Copyrights.More
New York, January 5, 2011- BMG, a leading music rights company, announces the appointment of Billy Mann as its President of Creative, BMG North America. He will be based in the company’s New York headquarters and will report to Richard Blackstone, Chief Creative Officer of BMG North America. Billy Mann will work closely with Richard Blackstone in overseeing the creative staff, and roster integration of recently acquired companies as well as leading efforts to attract, develop and sign new talent. Mann, a veteran hit songwriter/producer, is EMI Music’s former President of International, New Music and President of Global Artist Management.More
New York, December 16, 2010 – Writer/Producer Jean Baptiste who is signed to Will.I.Am’s 315 Music through BMG continues his strong alliance with the Black Eyed Peas contributing five songs to their most recent album “The Beginning”. The album was released November 29, 2010.More
New York, December 16, 2010 – The leadsingers of the indie bands Delta Spirit, Deer Tick and Dawes have joined forces and announce the release of a debut-record. The three songsmiths, who played their debut-show at SXSW this year tentatively known as MG&V, changed their name to “Middle Brother” just now. Their self-titled offbeat-record is set for realease March 1, 2011 on Partisan Records.More
December 09, 2010 – BMG is proud to register 28 GRAMMY nominations on the final nominations list of the 53rd GRAMMY Awards. The ceremony will take place February 13, 2011.More
Nashville, December 07, 2010 – BMG Songwriter Neil Thrasher scores #1 with “Why Wait” performed by Rascal Flatts in this weeks Country Charts. Only 3 months ago, Neil won an ASCAP Country Award for his song “Strange” sung by legend Reba McEntire
Thrasher has written several singles for other country music artists, such as Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, and Montgomery Gentry. He has also received an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award in 2004.
Congrats, Neil and congrats, Rascal Flatts – we are proud to have you on board!
New York, NY – Famously independent singer-songwriter Kina Grannis has entered into a
worldwide partnership with One Haven Music with whom she will release a redux version of her debut album Stairwells. The deal encompasses both a record deal with One Haven Music Records, distributed by The Orchard, and a publishing deal with One Haven Music Publishing, a joint venture with BMG Rights Management.
Nashville, TN, 6 December, 2010 – ‘The Civil Wars’ have been named Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next.”More
Berlin, 11.11.2010 – BMG songwriters Greg Becker and Steve Robson have successfully placed their song “Words I Couldn’t Say” in the Musical-drama “Country Strong” which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. In the movie, the song is performed by ‘Gossip-Girl’ Leighton Meester. Paltrow and McGraw themselves besides well-known artists such as Faith Hill have contributed to the movie’s soundtrack.More
Former Chairman And CEO Of Warner/Chappell Music Will Lead US Company’s Creative Efforts To Grow BMG’s Expanding Portfolio
New York, October 27, 2010 – BMG, a leading music rights company, has announced the appointment of Richard Blackstone as its Chief Creative Officer, BMG US.More
Berlin / New York, September 20, 2010 – BMG Rights Management (”BMG”) announced today the signing of a Purchase Agreement with funds managed by Trilantic Capital Partners and other sellers under which BMG has agreed to acquire Evergreen Copyright Acquisitions LLC.More
Nashville, September 16, 2010 – BMG is proud to take home nine awards at the 2010 ASCAP Country Music Awards. The winners are Brett James, Neil Thrasher, Jonathan Singleton, and busbee. BMG, which has recently acquired Stage Three Music, has become in less than one year in operation in the US, a huge force in the music industry, specifically Nashville.More
Los Angeles, August 17, 2010 – BMG Rights Management has signed hit songwriter/producer Clarence McDonald and his related music publishing companies to a North American publishing administration agreement.
NEW YORK, NY, JULY 13 2010 – Cherry Lane Music Publishing (part of BMG), home to writer/artists including will I am, John Legend, Warren Haynes, and the catalogs of Elvis Presley, Quincy Jones and John Denver has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with pop songstress Katt Rockell.More
NEW YORK, NY, JULY 13, 2010 – Cherry Lane Music Publishing (part of BMG), home to writer/artists including will I am, John Legend, Warren Haynes, and the catalogs of Elvis Presley, John Denver and T-Bone-Walker, has signed a multi-year worldwide administration deal with legendary Texas bluesman Johnny Winter.More
“The Marvelous Toy,” the classic children’s classic song written fifty years ago by folk legend Tom Paxton, and one of the first songs published by legendary indie Cherry Lane Music Publishing (part of BMG) is now available as a digital children’s book mobile app for the iPhone and iPad.More
New York, June 30, 2010 – BMG, the international group of companies related to the management of music rights, who recently joined forces with Cherry Lane Music, has signed an exclusive and world-wide publishing deal with 23 year-old singer-/songwriter Jesse Ruben.More
NEW YORK, NY, JUNE 14 2010 – Cherry Lane Music Publishing (part of BMG), home to writer/artists including will I am, John Legend, Warren Haynes, and the catalogs of Elvis Presley, Quincy Jones and John Denver, has signed worldwide multi-year publishing deals with the widely acclaimed funkadelic gospel songstress Alysha Brillinger and Throwing Gravity frontman Nick Newhouse.More
Berlin / Los Angeles, June 3, 2010 – BMG Rights Management announced the acquisition of the Adage IV catalog. Adage IV consists of rights in a number of classic compositions performed by artists including John Mayer, Ray Charles, Rob Thomas, Joni Mitchell, Faith Hill, Elvis Presley, Frankie Lymon, Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.More
New York, May 11, 2010 – BMG Rights Management has announced a joint venture with veteran music industry executives Steve Backer and Michael Caplan to create One Haven Music Publishing, LLC.More
New York, April 19, 2010 – BMG Rights Management, the international group of music publishing companies which recently purchased Crosstown Songs and is in agreement to acquire Cherry Lane Music Publishing, today announced the formation of a full service publishing company, BMG Rights Nashville – a partnership of BMG Rights Management, producer Dann Huff, and publishing executive Darrell Franklin.More
Berlin/New York, March 26, 2010 – BMG Rights Management (BMG) and Cherry Lane Music Publishing have entered into a Definitive Agreement under which BMG has agreed to acquire Cherry Lane. More
NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 15, 2010: Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed on legendary Australian indie Mushroom Music Publishing as their sub publisher in Australia and New Zealand.More
NEW YORK, NY, March 8, 2010- Cherry Lane Music celebrates its 50th anniversary with a party, May 19, at trend-setting Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The event will include performances by many of the company’s current roster, which includes the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Warren Haynes, Quincy Jones, Delta Spirit, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, as well as the first-signed writer to Cherry Lane, folk legend Tom Paxton.More
SANTA MONICA, CA, VANCOUVER, BC, and NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 19, 2009 – Lionsgate Music Publishing LLC, the music publishing arm of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, and Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc, a leading independent music publishing company, have entered into a multi-year administration agreement for the US and Canada, it was announced today by Lionsgate Music President Jay Faires and Cherry Lane CEO Peter Primont.More
NEW YORK, NY, November 9, 2009 – Cherry Lane Music Publishing, home to writer/artists including will.i.am, John Legend, and David Cook, as well as the Elvis Presley and Quincy Jones catalogs, has signed a multi-year publishing agreement with Grammy nominated artist Jordin Sparks. Cherry Lane will administer Sparks’ publishing worldwide for her self-titled debut album and the current Battlefield as well as future endeavors during the term.More
SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW YORK, September 21, 2009- Cherry Picked Records, the record division of Cherry Lane Music Group, has aligned with Digital Distributor INgrooves, a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and promotion services to the independent music community.More
Mary Travers, whose ringing, earnest vocals helped secure the international success of 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary, passed away September 16 at the age of 72.More
New York, New York: Sept. 15, 2009: LAVA Music Publishing Co. Inc., the joint venture between Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company and Jason Flom, has signed British phenomenon Joe Brooks to a publishing deal covering North and South America.More
New York, NY, August 25, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc. has signed a multi-year music administration agreement with Summit Entertainment. The deal includes all territories of the world excluding the U.S. and Canada.More
New York, NY, June 26, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc., has extended their publishing deal with Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording artist John Legend. The deal will cover all songs in Legend’s current catalog as well as future works.More
New York, NY, June 18, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc., whose roster includes the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Wolfmother, has signed a worldwide, long term publishing agreement with 2008 American Idol Winner and songwriter David Cook.More
New York, New York: June 1, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc., home to The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Wolfmother and Delta Spirit has signed rising grunge-rock band Pop Evil of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Recently Cherry Lane signed a joint venture publishing deal with renowned music executive Jason Flom and Pop Evil is the first signing through that deal.More
New York, NY, May 19, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. who represents Broadway writers including Maury Yeston, Leslie Bricusse and Jason Howland, has announced a multi-year, worldwide administration agreement for the score from Shrek The Musical, the first theatrical production from DreamWorks Theatricals.More
New York, NY, May 11, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc., whose roster includes The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Delta Spirit and Wolfmother, has announced a joint venture publishing agreement with renowned music executive Jason Flom.More
New York, NY, April 28, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. has signed Allan Pineda Lindo to a long-term, worldwide publishing agreement. Well known as Apl.de.Ap, Allan is a hip hop musician, record producer, and founding member of the Grammy Award winning group, The Black Eyed Peas.More
New York, NY, March 31, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc., whose roster includes the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Wolfmother, has signed a worldwide, long term publishing agreement with Jeremy Smith of pop band Days Difference.More
New York, NY, March 13, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. has signed a sub-publishing agreement with Fairwood/BKP Music (Arabia) fz-llc for representation in the Middle East region. Dubai-based Fairwood/BKP Music is an aggressive independent music publishing company and a joint venture between UAE based music production leader, BKP Music and the UK’s Fairwood Music (International).More
New York, NY, March 3, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc., home to artists such as moe., Wolfmother and Warren Haynes, has signed rising indie rockers Delta Spirit to a long term, co-publishing agreement.More
New York, NY, February 9, 2009 – Cherry Lane is proud to congratulate their writers and producers on their 2009 Grammy Awards!More
Nashville, TN, February 2, 2009: Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. has signed songwriters Sam and Annie Tate to a long-term, worldwide co-publishing agreement. The deal was announced today by Michelle Berlin, Director of Creative & Marketing and head of the Cherry LaneNashville office.More