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Hitmaking Duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Sign First-Ever Artist Recording Deal

One of The Most Influential Duos of All Time to Debut First-Ever Original Artist Album in 2021Continuing a legendary career earmarked by history-making smashes for Janet Jackson, George Michael, Usher, Mariah Carey, and dozens more, five-time Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated multi-Platinum production duo Jimmy Jam & [...]

BMG CALLS TIME ON CONTROVERSIAL ROYALTY DEDUCTION

BMG has announced that it is eliminating a standard US record label deduction which serves to reduce...

BMG Harnesses the Power of Music with EP Inspired by Holocaust Survivor Ben Lesser

Refugee and Covid-19 Projects to Follow as BMG Introduces Inspirational New ‘Soundlab’ Series with the Global Classroom in Collaboration with the World...

BMG MOVES INTO ARTIST MANAGEMENT, PARTNERS WITH CARL STUBNER’S SHELTER

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BMG MOVES INTO ARTIST MANAGEMENT, PARTNERS WITH CARL STUBNER’S SHELTER

BMG has partnered with Carl Stubner, the renowned manager of Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top, Crowded House, and Neil Finn, among others, in a strategic move into the artist management business. BMG is backing Stubner’s new Shelter Music Group, which will be a music management company with a global presence. Stubner serves as Chairman of Shelter Music Group, with Dino Paredes as President. BMG already works with Shelter artists including ZZ Top, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle whose Eat The Elephant album last year debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Shelter will retain full independence under the arrangement to sign artists to other labels and music publishers. The deal adds another service option for BMG clients alongside its existing music publishing, recordings, production music, film and book interests. As part of the deal Shelter has already relocated its Nashville operation into BMG’s new office in the city. It gives Shelter access to BMG’s global resources and networks through the company’s 15 offices worldwide. It also gives BMG artists and songwriters located outside the US a unique ability to receive management support and expertise in the North American market BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “Carl Stubner is a force of nature and we are delighted to partner with him. As the lines blur between the services provided by labels and those provided by managers, it is inevitable that these previously separate parts of the business will come together. Ultimately we are both in the business of serving artists and have complementary interests. We believe that combining resources and expertise on certain projects will benefit artists.” Carl Stubner said, “BMG has created the first new music major of the streaming age. This is an opportunity not just to work more closely with the most innovative company in music, but also to build a new kind of management company with a presence in every significant music market. We have ambitions to move into both records and publishing with BMG and are already in advanced discussions to recruit other managers to join us.” Said Masuch, “Artist managers are more important in the music business than they have ever been. You want to stick close to the ones who get things done. Our key insight has been to understand that the same kind of revenue share deal BMG has pioneered for artists could be extended to managers, all while guaranteeing their independence. BMG has consistently pioneered fresh approaches to the music business from our insistence on fairness and transparency, to our revenue share approach to records to our early recognition that streaming favours established artists. Our approach to the artist management business is equally new and will yet again set the pace for the industry.” BMG and Shelter are already collaborating on Mick Fleetwood’s forthcoming sold-out all-star tribute to Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac due to take place on 25 February 2020 at the London Palladium with guests including Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman.

SUPERSTAR JASON ALDEAN EXPANDS BMG PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW GLOBAL DEAL

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SUPERSTAR JASON ALDEAN EXPANDS BMG PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW GLOBAL DEAL

Ground-breaking country music superstar and reigning ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean has expanded and extended his partnership with BMG in a landmark new global deal beginning with his forthcoming new album to be released November 22. The new studio album, the ninth of his career and the ninth to be released by BMG label Broken Bow Records is appropriately titled 9. Under his previous deal with Broken Bow, the label held rights in the US and Canada. Under the new deal, BMG will now distribute and market Aldean’s releases worldwide, beginning with the new studio album to be released via Broken Bow Records/BMG. Broken Bow became part of BMG in 2017. A three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, Jason Aldean has scored 23 Number Ones. He is the only country artist in history to top the all-genre Billboard 200 chart four times (in a row, no less), racking up 15 billion streams and more than 18 million albums sales along the way. His last full-length studio album released by Broken Bow Records/BMG, critically-acclaimed Rearview Town, was released in April 2018. “I’m glad to have had BMG on board as part of the team the last couple years,” said Aldean. “It’s good to have them in my corner and I'm looking forward to keeping this thing going - and it’ll be cool if we get to pick up a few new fans overseas along the way.” Jon Loba, EVP Recorded Music at BMG Nashville, said, “Jason Aldean is not only a genre-defining artist, he is family. We are immensely proud to have worked together since his debut single and are honored that he has placed in trust in BMG for this next exciting stage of his career.” BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “An artist of Jason Aldean’s stature has the choice of any label he wants. It was far from a given when we acquired Broken Bow that Jason would agree to extend his relationship with us. We are delighted that he has not only extended but expanded his partnership with BMG. We look forward to working with him and his exceptional management team.”

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH BMG FOR UPCOMING NEW STUDIO ALBUM

Radio Facts: RUFUS WAINWRIGHT SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH BMG FOR UPCOMING NEW STUDIO ALBUM Award-winning, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright has signed a new...

BMG Purchases RBC Records, Home To Chief Keef, Waka Flocka Flame

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Radio Facts: BMG makes waves today, buying hip-hop label RBC Records for an undisclosed amount.Los Angeles-based RBC, founded by partners Brian Shafton and Ben...
BMG hits Number One Again and New Albums Make Chart Debuts

BMG hits Number One Again and New Albums Make Chart Debuts

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rfocus.orgBMG songwriters have once again dominated the newly published Billboard Hot 100 chart (week ending May 27, 2017) laying claim to the Number One, Two and Three spots while also claiming shares of additional songs in the Top 10 and many others rounding out The Hot 100. This week, BMG has upped its shares to a total of 26 songs in the Hot 100.

Topping the new chart is Luis Fonsi’s smash hit ‘Despacito' (remix) featuring justin bieber. The song includes a contribution from longtime Bieber collaborator and BMG hit songwriter Poo Bear. An international phenomenon, ‘Despacito’ (remix) is now topping the charts around the world as well as the Spotify Global Top 50.

‘That’s What I Like’, the platinum-certified second single from BMG songwriter Bruno Mars’ latest album release 24K Magic, holds steady at Number Two. The undeniable hit song has now spent 17 consecutive weeks on the chart, peaking at Number One.

Rounding out the trio at Number Three is 'I’m The One’ by DJ Khaled featuring an all-star lineup of Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne. The song debuted atop the chart last week marking his first Hot 100 hit. BMG songwriters contributing to the track include Nic Nac, Poo Bear, Bobby Brackins, Ray Jacobs and DJ Khaled.

Elsewhere on the Billboard charts, BMG new album chart debuts include At The Drive In's in·ter·a·li·a (Rise Records) bowing at number two on the Independent Albums chart, number three Vinyl Albums, number 20 Top Album Sales, and number 39 Billboard 200.

Blondie Pollinator reaches number four Independent Albums, number seven Alternative Albums, number 15 Top Rock Albums, number 17 Vinyl Albums, number 24 Top Album Sales, and number 63 on the Billboard 200. The group’s latest chart topping single ‘Fun’ currently sits at number 13 Dance Club Songs, while ‘Long Time’ holds steady at number 23 Adult Alternative Songs.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014) lands at number 15 on both Independent Albums and Tastemaker Albums, and number 72 Top Album Sales. LP Lost On You enters at number seven Heatseekers Albums and number 87 Top Album Sales.

Thomas Scherer To Head BMG's Worldwide Writer Services From Los Angeles

Thomas Scherer To Head BMG’s Worldwide Writer Services From Los Angeles

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Radio Facts: thomas-scherer-650BMG is moving the hub of its worldwide Writer Services operation to Los Angeles under newly-promoted EVP Writer Services Thomas Scherer.BMG Writer Services embraces BMG's successful international songplugging operation which works with the company's roster of renowned songwriters including Steve Mac, Will.i.am, Juicy J, Sterling Fox, Sacha Skarbek, Al Shux and busbee.Thomas Scherer, previously SVP International Repertoire Coordination, already oversees BMG Writer Services teams across the company's 10 international offices. Scherer has been a key member of BMG's core executive team since the company's launch in 2008. He took on his work in LA this month and will continue to report to BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch.Hartwig Masuch said, "Thomas Scherer is a linchpin of BMG's Writer Services and his move to LA will further strengthen our ability to create opportunities for our writers in the centre of the worldwide entertainment industry."Recent BMG chart successes include:* Miley Cyrus 'Wrecking Ball' co-written by Sacha Skarbek;* Eminem feat. Rihanna 'The Monster' co-written by Jon Bellion and Bebe Rexha;* One Direction's Midnight Memories, which features nine songs by John Ryan* Will.i.am's 'Scream & Shout' ft. Britney SpearsBMG has represented shares of every US Number One singles for the past two months, and has forthcoming cuts from the likes of Beyonce, Shakira, Anastacia, Jason Derulo, Kylie Minogue and Rihanna.Thomas Scherer will continue to oversee BMG's Writer Services teams in the Europe and the US, providing central coordination to deliver US opportunities for European writers and opportunities in Europe for US writers. He will also continue to contribute to BMG acquisitions, signings and the striking of joint venture deals.Said Masuch, "Our unique ‚one-company-many-offices' philosophy ensures BMG writers benefit from the most joined-up songplugging operation of any major music publisher, a function which Thomas Scherer literally built from scratch. I am delighted that Thomas is now taking his expertise to the heart of the world's entertainment capital."Thomas Scherer has spent over 20 years with BMG and other Bertelsmann companies, with stints at the former BMG Ariola in A&R, marketing and as a producer and with his own label Dolce Vita through BMG Hansa.Said Scherer, "We are very proud of the growing success of BMG's songwriting roster. Contemporary songwriting is a collaborative art and BMG's collaborative philosophy and our commitment to service, fairness and transparency really seems to strike a chord with writers. We are committed to establishing BMG Writer Services as the first point of call for labels and managements worldwide."
Zach Katz Promoted To Chief Creative Officer, BMG Chrysalis North America

Zach Katz Promoted To Chief Creative Officer, BMG Chrysalis North America

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Radio Facts: zachMusic rights management company BMG has announced the promotion of Zach Katz to Chief Creative Officer, BMG Chrysalis North America, based in Los Angeles.Katz will continue to report directly to Laurent Hubert, President of Marketing & Creative, and oversee the LA and NY based creative staff.Since joining the company in 2012, Katz has shaped and led the creative team that was responsible for numerous additions to the roster, garnering significant chart placements. Key highlights have been the signings of Claude Kelly, Greg Wells, the Strokes, Bebe Rexha, French Montana, Monsters & Strangers, Juicy J, Chris Braide, Jen Decilveo, Wolfgang Gartner, Xplicit, John Ryan and Howard Benson.In his new role, Katz will continue to expand BMG's roster and maximize the opportunities for signed talent.Prior to BMG, Katz co-founded record label Beluga Heights with his client/partner JR Rotem, worked closely with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and served as GM of Groove Attack USA. He began his career in 1996 as a music attorney.BMG executives Richard Blackstone, David Hirshland and Kos Weaver will continue to report to Hubert."It is with great pride and gratitude that I embark on my next chapter with BMG. Our team has the vision and expertise to help our songwriters and artists reach their highest potential, and shape our industry going forward. This company has some of most dedicated and results driven people I have ever had the pleasure of working with," said Katz.Hubert commented: "Zach has contributed significantly to the growth of BMG Chrysalis US and has helped cement our reputation as the preferred home for top talent. I look forward to working together further to build the company and reach new levels of global success."
3 Winans Brothers Sign With BMG For Publishing And Artist Services

3 Winans Brothers Sign With BMG For Publishing And Artist Services

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BMG Chrysalis US Appoints Mark Robinson SVP & General Counsel

BMG Chrysalis US Appoints Mark Robinson SVP & General Counsel

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Radio Facts: bmg_chrysalisMark Robinson has joined BMG Chrysalis US as SVP and General Counsel reporting directly to Laurent Hubert, President of Creative and Marketing. Based in New York, Robinson will now head the North American Business and Legal Affairs team, overseeing all responsibilities of the department.Most recently, Robinson was employed at Warner Music Group where he served as Vice President & Senior Counsel since 2004. In his ten year tenure he had responsibility for Business and Legal Affairs for a variety of business units including WMG Corporate, Warner Music Nashville, LoudMouth/WBR, Asylum Records, the independent label group, alternative distribution alliance (ADA), along with The Warner Sound, WMG's YouTube channel, and Artist Arena, Warner's fan club/VIP ticketing company. Prior positions included Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at E1/Koch Entertainment, where he was head of the legal department for the multi-national entertainment company, Director of Business & Legal affairs for Walter Yetnikoff's Velvel Music Group and Associate at law firm Power, Weiss and Kurnit, LLC.Robinson commented: "BMG embodies a rare blend of entrepreneurial spirit and independent label sensibility along with a well-respected, dynamic and experienced team. For me, that's the ideal combination and I am thrilled be a part of the company."Hubert added: "Mark has a wealth of experience, strong relationships and a deep understanding of the complexities in the music business. I Iook forward to working with him in successfully navigating the challenges we face in our industry."
BMG Promotes Casimir To Run Worldwide Recordings Business

BMG Promotes Casimir To Run Worldwide Recordings Business

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Radio Facts: casimir_fredBMG, the new model music rights management business, has appointed Fred Casimir to run its recordings business worldwide as Executive Vice President International Repertoire.Casimir will have responsibility for both new recordings released through BMG Artist Services and for BMG's substantial catalogue recordings business, including the Sanctuary and Mute Records catalogues.BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, "Developing our recordings business is a key strategic area for BMG. Fred has strongly contributed to the expansion of BMG's business and to the development of BMG Artist Services. I am delighted that Fred is to take on worldwide responsibility for recordings."BMG, founded in 2008, is unique among major music companies in housing both music publishing and recording rights under the same roof. In contrast to other major companies, BMG's local teams are able to negotiate both publishing and recording deals, and remain the main contact point for all international projects.Fred Casimir, formerly SVP European Repertoire and Managing Director BMG Germany, joined BMG in June 2009. Previously Casimir held positions at Fremantle Media Entertainment, Fremantle Licensing Germany, Mercury Records, EMI Electrola and worked as an independent music manager.

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