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
New York, September 21, 2012 – In case you missed it, check out BMG artist Frank Ocean’s performance of his hit single “Thinking Bout You” off of his critically acclaimed album Channel ORANGE from the season premiere of Saturday Night Live featuring John Mayer on guitar!
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