BMG MOVES INTO ARTIST MANAGEMENT, PARTNERS WITH CARL STUBNER’S SHELTERBMG 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 DEALGround-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.”
BMG 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.