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BMG banks on Kenny G with 2 exclusive pacts

Saxophonist to release 11th record later this year

NEW YORK — Kenny G has reupped his recording deal and signed a new North American music publishing pact with BMG Entertainment in a pair of exclusive, multiyear contracts.

The jazz-pop saxophonist, who has defied lukewarm critical response by selling more than 60 million albums worldwide to date, will continue to record for BMG imprint Arista Records. He signed with Arista in 1980 and recorded his eponymous solo debut for the label in 1982.

In a new deal, BMG Songs, the North American arm of BMG Music Publishing Worldwide, will handle all of the saxophonist’s music publishing responsibilities in North America, administering both his new releases and back catalog for the region.

The artist’s North American publishing was previously handled by California-based Wixen Music Publishing. Outside that territory, his publishing will continue to be managed by EMI Music Publishing.

The number of years and/or albums covered by the new contracts was not disclosed, but Kenny G is expected to release his 11th full-length studio record for Arista later this year.

Sales of his previous albums, most of which went multiplatinum, have made him the sixth-bestselling artist since SoundScan began keeping track in 1991.

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