Publishing deal for former Sony/ATV divestments worth $90 million
Warner/Chappell Music for the catalogs. Pact is the latest publishing coup for BMG, a partnership between German media company Bertelsmann and investment firm Kohlberg Kravitz Roberts forged in 2009. The company has aggressively bought up a number of independent pub companies, including Chrysalis, Bug, Cherry Lane and Evergreen. Prior to the acquisition, BMG claimed status as the fourth-largest international music publisher. It has shown a renewed commitment to music on the part of Bertelsmann: – the firm had previously sold its music publishing holdings to Universal Music Group’s parent Vivendi in 2006, and sold its share of the Sony-BMG label joint venture to its partner in 2008. BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said in a statement, “These catalogues contain some of the most influential and successful songs in popular music. We are delighted to have won the opportunity to represent the writers of those songs and to demonstrate to them BMG’s commitment to twenty-first century service. They have my pledge that we will do our very best to deliver for them.” Other writers covered in the BMG purchase include Robbie Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Mark Ronson, Ozzy Osbourne and Jim Steinman. Compositions include such hits as Duffy’s “Mercy,” the Prodigy’s “Firestarter” and “Smack My Bitch Up,” Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” Devo’s “Whip It,” Tool’s “Aenima” and OMD’s “Enola Gay.”
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