Nilsson’s publishing catalog is acquired by BMG


GMB announced the acquisition of the rights to the legendary singer-songwriter’s songbook Harry Nilsson, known for hits such as “One”, “Coconut”, “Jump Into the Fire”, “Gotta Get Up”, “Me and My Arrow” and many more. The deal includes Nilsson’s publishing catalog, as well as revenue streams for artists and writers of his hit songs, which include hits he didn’t write such as Badfinger’s “Without You” and “Everybody’s Talkin'” by Fred Neill. His musical works also include collaborations with John Lennon (“Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga” and “Old Dirt Road”), Dr. John and Ringo Starr. The terms of the contract are not disclosed.

BMG will also begin collaborating with the Nilsson family to explore creative opportunities for their creative assets such as the film “The Point!” story and name, image and likeness, including film, television, theater productions, books and other fields of activity. Nilsson’s team was led by John Rudolph of 1.618 Industries, Inc. (formerly Music Analytics, a leading music IP consultant) with guidance from Jason Karlov and Amanda Taber of Barnes & Thornburg.

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The Nilsson family said: “We are delighted to have found a partner who shares our love and reverence for Harry’s legacy. We look forward to a long relationship with BMG, working together to celebrate this true pop music genius.

Thomas Scherer, BMG President, Repertoire and Marketing, Los Angeles and New York, said: “For generations, the timeless music of Harry Nilsson has captivated millions around the world. A brilliant songwriter with an exceptionally beautiful and unique voice, we will ensure his spirit thrives for generations to come. We are honored that the Nilsson family has chosen BMG as guardians of their musical legacy and are proud to represent the cherished works of Harry Nilsson.

+ Grammy-nominated artist Masego signed an editorial administration contract with Downtown Music Services. He has released three EPs, the most recent of which, “Studying Abroad”, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Progressive R&B Album.

This new deal includes Masego’s existing catalog and future works, will see Masego release their new self-titled album in February 2023.

About the new partnership, Masego said: “Sarah McCann is the reason I chose to work with the publishing house. Through her, I saw that Downtown and I shared a similar vision of creation. of a global, unique and impactful art.

+ nation live will now be the exclusive booking partner of New York’s Capital One City Parks nonprofit foundation Summer internship festival, held at Rumsey Field in Central Park. Ahead of the 2023 summer season, Live Nation will now be responsible for booking all paid benefit concerts between June and October.

Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, more than six million people from New York and around the world have attended SummerStage concerts. Not limited to shows at Rumsey Field, the organization presents free shows in all five New York boroughs and works with promoters to present benefit events in Central Park.

In 2019, SummerStage’s flagship venue in Central Park reopened after undergoing a major $5.5 million makeover that included a new, larger stage and sound system, upgraded stage and room lighting , LED screens, new and elevated seating, additional concession areas and improved changing rooms and production spaces.

“We are thrilled to partner with Live Nation for our 2023 and 2024 SummerStage benefit concerts in Central Park,” said Heather Lubov, executive director of the City Parks Foundation. “These paid concerts help support our free performances in New York City parks. Live Nation has a fantastic roster of artists who we’re sure will follow in the SummerStage tradition by including some of the most important legacy artists and today’s hottest young musicians, attracting New -Yorkers of all ages, while helping to raise funds to keep the majority of our festival free for all.

+ PR Veterans Bailey Sattler and Stephanie Marlow they’ve thrown another side, a new creative and PR agency. According to the announcement, the new company “will focus on meeting points between underground culture and mainstream culture”. Over the years, Sattler (a veteran of Grandstand Media) and Marlow have worked with artists such as Sheer Mag, Cave In, Myrkur, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung, Sunn O))) and many more.

+ MaryLynne Drexler has been appointed head of commercial and legal affairs for ADA in the world, the independent label and artist services arm of Warner Music Group. Drexler comes to ADA after several years with Sony Music’s The Orchard. In his new role, Drexler will help shape ADA’s global strategy while overseeing artist and distribution deals, as well as acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, new technologies and strategic partnerships.

The company also announced that Bryan Roberts has been named vice president of A&R and label acquisition. Based in New York, Drexler and Roberts will report to ADA Global President Cat Kreidich. Drexler began his career in the music industry in 2014 at Sony Music’s RED Distribution before moving to The Orchard. She holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law. Roberts joined the company earlier this summer after holding several positions at the Orchard.

Kreidich said: “MaryLynne has a great reputation. She’s exactly the kind of executive you want in your corner – an expert negotiator, negotiator and global thinker, she always puts the music and the artist first. With her at the helm, we will continue to craft deals that attract the brightest talent and set us and our partners up for long-term success. And I’m happy to welcome Bryan to the team – his connections and unparalleled creative instincts are going to be a game-changer. With these hires, we are in a great position to take ADA to the next level.

+ Warner Music promoted bob the worker to the dual role of SVP of Global Brand Partnerships and Managing Director of WMX UK. In his new role, he will report to WMX President Maria Weaver and work closely with WMG’s President of International Recorded Music, Simon Robson.

The move will also see Warner Music’s UK Brand Partnerships team become part of the WMX Global Division, bolstering existing WMX UK verticals with their expertise in artist and brand collaborations, while also bringing their creative team to offer campaigns by authentic and avant-garde artists.

Weaver says, “Bob has a brilliant track record in a business that can sometimes be complex and sensitive. He has a real sense of artists and brands and knows when a project suits both. We look forward to getting to work expanding our presence in key markets and working with brands wherever they are to deliver even more value to our artists.

+ BandLab Technologies named Dani Deahl responsible for communications and creator information.

She previously worked as a journalist/editor and music producer. In his new role, Deahl will serve as “a leading cultural link, highlighting the division’s impact on the future of the music industry and examining industry changes to spark conversations and build connections.” , according to the announcement.

She most recently served as Editorial Director at Output and previously held positions at Verge, Nylon, DJ Mag and other publications.

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