MBW revealed last year that Warner’s ADA had inked a deal to distribute BMG’s catalogue worldwide. Today, that agreement took a big step forward.
BMG has just switched distribution of 95,000 tracks and 8,000 albums to ADA Worldwide.
The move involves recordings by some of the biggest names in music, from Black Sabbath, Motörhead and The Kinks to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Fatboy Slim and Kylie Minogue.
It is the latest stage in a phased consolidation of BMG’s supply chain to retailers and digital services around the world, with ADA, part of Warner Music Group, as BMG’s lead distribution partner.
BMG EVP Global Rights Administration Ben Katovsky said, “This move will benefit not just our artist clients – with better service, increased transparency and ultimately more revenue – but also our retail partners. Over the past months ADA has delivered a seamless global transition of a significant volume of repertoire without disruption and to schedule, and I’d like to congratulate the entire ADA team on their work.
“This move will benefit not just our artist clients – with better service, increased transparency and ultimately more revenue – but also our retail partners.”
Ben Katovsky, BMG
“Neither of us underestimates the complexities of this latest move, however, and we will be monitoring the situation carefully over the coming weeks to ensure the highest levels of service to our customers.”
BMG previously distributed via a patchwork of different distributors – many of them independent – around the globe.
Eliah Seton, President of ADA Worldwide (pictured), noted, “The BMG and ADA teams have developed a tremendous working relationship over the past months. ADA is immensely proud to represent the extraordinary BMG catalog across the globe, and it is very exciting to be expanding our collection with this latest treasure trove of outstanding music from so many iconic artists.”
Peter Stack, BMG EVP Global Catalog Recordings, said, “BMG has one of the most significant international recording catalogs in the world, including many of the gems of pop and rock history. We believe this significant realignment of our distribution arrangements will enable us to take this magnificent music to even more people around the world.”
The switch of BMG catalog to ADA includes the following catalogs and artists:
- Sanctuary: includes recordings by Black Sabbath, Motorhead, The Kinks, Uriah Heep and Helloween;
- Mute: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Yazoo and Suicide;
- Chrysalis: Arrow, David Dundas, Lynsey de Paul, Climax Blue Band and Ivor Cutler;
- Echo: Feeder, Babybird, Moloko, Julian Cope, Morcheeba and I Am Kloot;
- Hawk/Air: Adolphson & Falk Alf, Blandade Artister, Perssons Pack, Monica Tornell, M. Klingström & A. Bergman, Susanne Alfvengren, Anders F Rönnblom and The Boppers;
- Skint: Fatboy Slim, X-Press 2, Freemasons and Lo Fidelity Allstars;
- Cavalcade: The Gap Band, Billy Paul, Yarbrough & People, Ace and The Fall;
- R2M / La Strada: Jim Croce, Duke Ellington, Ike & Tina Turner and Stevie B
- Salsoul/West End/Bethlehem: Loleatta Holloway, Nina Simone and Mel Torme;
- PWL: Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Stock, Aitken & Waterman;
- Avenue: Eric Burdon & WAR, Lee Oskar, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Maynard Ferguson;
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).
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