BMG splashes out on Take That and Nirvana songs with Virgin Publishing buy

The worldwide rights for the Virgin Music Publishing and Famous UK Music Publishing catalogues are going to BMG, after the company signed a binding contract for the songs.

Sony/ATV acquired EMI Music Publishing in June 2012 and is required to sell these catalogues by the European Commission as a condition of the acquisition.

They include some of the biggest pop hits of the past three decades from artists such as Take That, Kurt Cobain, Tears for Fears, The Human League, Iggy Pop, Duffy, Mark Ronson and The Kooks.

Take That’s greatest hits including the Number Ones ‘Patience’, ‘Shine’ and ‘Greatest Day’ and Robbie William’s interests in the likes of ‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’ are included, alongside Kurt Cobain-penned Nirvana hits including ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, ‘Come As You Are’ and ‘About A Girl’.

BMG is already the world’s fourth largest music publishing company. In May 2012, it announced it had in excess of one million copyrights under management.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “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.”

Alexi Cory-Smith, Senior VP of BMG Chrysalis UK, said, “These catalogues are a significant addition to BMG’s UK-based roster which has already grown strongly this year with a raft of new signings. BMG is now the only European-based major music publisher, and importantly we work across all of our offices as a single international team. We will continue to pursue our ambition to be the best home for songwriters around.”

You can see some highlights of the Virgin Publishing catalogue below.

Virgin Publishing Catalogue – Selected Highlights
About A GirlKurt Cobain
All Time LowWayne Hector
Amen OmenBen Harper
AngelsRobbie Williams
Are You Gonna Go My WayLenny Kravitz
Back For GoodGary Barlow
Back To BlackMark Ronson
Beat AgainWayne Hector
ChangeTears For Fears
Cherry PieWarrant
Come As You AreKurt Cobain
Don’t You Want MeHuman League
DreamerOzzy Osbourne
Enola GayOMD
Every You Every MePlacebo
Everybody Wants To Rule The WorldTears For Fears
FirestarterLiam Howlett
Greatest DayTake That
Heart Shaped BoxKurt Cobain
I Don’t Want A LoverTexas
IrisGoo Goo Dolls
It Ain’t Over Til It’s OverLenny Kravitz
Joan Of ArcOMD
Let Me Entertain YouRobbie Williams
Lust For LifeIggy Pop
Mirror ManHuman League
Never ForgetGary Barlow
OnceEg White
PassengerIggy Pop
PatienceTake That
Rock DJRobbie Williams
Rule The WorldTake That
Say What You WantTexas
She Moves In Her Own WayThe Kooks
ShineTake That
ShoutTears For Fears
SlideGoo Goo Dolls
Smack My Bitch UpLiam Howlett
Smells Like Teen SpiritKurt Cobain
Tears Don’t FallBullet For My Valentine
This Ain’t A Love SongScouting for Girls
Total Eclipse Of The HeartJim Steinman
Warwick AvenueDuffy
Weather StormCraig Armstrong
Whip ItDevo
Would I Lie To YouMick Leeson

 Music Business Worldwide

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