BMG signs worldwide publishing deal with Sir Ringo Starr

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BMG has agreed a worldwide publishing deal with Sir Ringo Starr that covers his contribution to music by The Beatles and solo catalog spanning nearly 50 years.

Alongside future compositions, the deal encompasses over 150 titles including Starr’s featured songwriting contributions across five Beatles albums.

Those include ‘What Goes On’ from Rubber Soul, ‘Flying’ from Magical Mystery Tour and ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ from The Beatles (aka the “White Album”).

The deal also covers ‘Octopus’s Garden’ from Abbey Road, ‘Dig It’ and ‘Maggie Mae’ from Let It Be, as well as Beatles rarities.

Starr’s solo catalog includes 19 studio albums.

He’s a nine-time Grammy Award winner, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and was recently honored with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music and his charity work.

BMG US President, Repertoire & Marketing, Zach Katz said: “It is an understatement to say our entire team is overwhelmingly excited to welcome Ringo to the BMG family.

“we are globally committed and eager to show ringo what a multimedia music company can do, across the board, when you have the right creative tools to put your music to work.”

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“From New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles to our offices around the world, we are all in, globally committed, and eager to show him what a multimedia music company can do, across the board, when you have the right creative tools to put your music to work.”

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch added: “Ringo Starr is a contemporary artist with an incredible history, and BMG is exceptionally proud that he has chosen us to represent his past and future songs.”

Said Starr: ”I love making music and the song writing process – and putting new music out there to play along side the old.

“How great to be working with BMG who are excited to have my entire catalog.”

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