Strictly Rhythm masters sold to BMG

BMG has acquired the masters catalogue of New York-based dance label Strictly Rhythm and will also administer the group’s music publishing rights worldwide.

The catalogue includes hits such as Reel 2 Real’s ‘I Like To Move It,’, Ultra Naté’s ‘Free,’ Wamdue Project’s ‘King Of My Castle’, Josh Wink’s ‘Higher State Of Consciousness,’ and Planet Soul’s ‘Set U Free’.

Established in 1989 by businessman Mark Finkelstein and A&R Gladys Pizarro, Strictly Rhythm quickly rose to global prominence. The independent label has released material by an impressive array of artists including Erick Morillo, Todd Terry, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, Ultra Naté and Barbara Tucker.

Mark Finkelstein commented:  “I couldn’t be more pleased that Strictly Rhythm’s catalog has found a new home with the passionate staff at BMG who will bring new opportunities to our dance classics, as well as creative collaborations for the future producers and artists within our collective families.”

He added: “There are great opportunities to expand upon the foundation of Strictly Rhythm; BMG shares our vision and optimism as we move forward into this next stage of the company.”

Richard Blackstone, Executive Vice President, Creative & Business Development at BMG Chrysalis US, said, “We are thrilled to represent this wonderful collection of music, and inspired by what the future partnership will bring. We truly understand the blood, sweat, and tears that went into growing an independent business like this. We agree with their simple recipe for success: trust talent, respect your clients and partners, and pay on time.”Music Business Worldwide

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