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Simple Minds sells its “key musical interests” to BMG; Sony Music Publishing UK Danger Mouse sign

GMB acquired the key musical interests of the veteran Scottish rock band simple minds, the company announced on Tuesday. The deal with core band members Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill includes publishing rights to more than 240 songs on the band’s five UK No. 1 albums, plus related rights and royalties from the band. their entire registered catalog.

The deal marks the culmination of a long-standing relationship between BMG and Simple Minds. BMG previously served as the group’s publishing catalog administrator and released their 2018 album “Walk Between Worlds,” and are set to release their next, “Direction of the Heart,” in October. While the band’s biggest hit, 1985’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” was written by Keith Forsey and falls outside the publishing acquisition, BMG will collect royalties from the recorded rights and neighbors of the track.

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Kerr said, “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement. This is a good time for us and our families. We look forward to working with everyone at BMG.

Alistair Norbury, BMG’s UK Chairman of Repertoire and Marketing, said: “Few bands can claim to have changed music, but over a period of 45 years, Simple Minds have done just that. It’s been a long yard, but we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to be stewards of their outstanding catalog. We are thrilled that BMG is now the musical home of Simple Minds, past, present and future.

+ Musicthe investment company launched by Matt Pincus and LionTree earlier this year, has appointed Sun-Ui Yum as director of the company. In this newly created role, Yum will report directly to Pincus, helping to identify and negotiate investment opportunities for the company, a partnership between Pincus, LionTree, JS Capital Management and Schusterman Family Investments and was capitalized with $200 million. dollars in April 2022. Yum previously served as an investor and advisor with Raine Group’s core music coverage team, where he worked on the company’s investment in SoundCloud and the sale of Downtown Music Publishing to Concord, among several other consulting agreements in the field of music.

+ Country singer/songwriter Corey Kent signed with RCA Nashville from Sony Music Nashville to print. “My team and I were honored to have interest and offers from multiple labels across the country, but over time it became very clear that Sony was the right team for me,” Kent said. “They really shared my vision and had a passion for the country music brand I’m creating. I don’t see the signing of this agreement as the finish line… I see it as the starting block.

+ nation live hired Ricardo Tacos leading the Latin music strategy for the company’s live music division across Canada. He also hired Claudia Valencia as the new Tour Manager based in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Maritsa Restrepo as ticketing coordinator, based in Los Angeles. Taco will lead Live Nation Canada’s Latin music strategy nationwide and work closely with President Riley O’Connor and the company’s global Latin reservations team. He has worked as a freelance promoter for the past 15 years in Ontario, working with Wisin Y Yandel, Ozuna, Maluma, J Balvin, Rosalia, Juanes and others.

+ Lewis Brisbois announced that entertainment lawyers Matt Cottingham and Austin Wells joined the firm’s Nashville office as an associate and associate, respectively, in its entertainment, media and sports practice. The duo bring with them clients Brittney Spencer, Lily Rose, Ashley Cooke, Chris LaCorte and Matt Roy.

“It was an opportunity to come in on the ground floor and help build the Nashville office, while coordinating with the other entertainment attorneys in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles,” Cottingham said. . Wells added, “This is an opportunity for me to follow one of my mentors and help build something unique in the Nashville music space.”

+ Create a music group named Chris Herche to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Music Operations and Marketing. Herche will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s music division, which distributes and markets more than 25,000 artists and 5,000 label customers worldwide. Herche joins Cinematic Music Group, where he was CMO for the past five years.

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Sony Music Publishing UK. has signed Brian Burtona.k.a Danger Mouse, to a worldwide publishing agreement. The musician, producer and songwriter is known for his long list of diverse projects, including Gnarls Barkley’s 2006 hit “Crazy” and his respective album, “St. Elsewhere.” Burton is also part of indie duo Broken Bells.

As a producer, Burton has worked alongside powerful artists like Beck, Gorillaz, the Black Keys, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A$AP Rocky, Norah Jones and Adele.

Jon Platt, President and CEO of Sony Music Publishing: “Danger Mouse is not just a brilliant songwriter, but a true innovator who pushes the boundaries of creativity and challenges listeners to think outside the box. We look forward to working alongside Brian and his team in this new phase of his career. »

+ Press the music signed producer and mixer Rich Costey for management under the direction of René Symonds of TaP.

Over his two-decade career, Costey has worked with the Foo Fighters, Charli XCX, The Killers, Haim, Keith Urban, My Chemical Romance, Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg and more.

“Year after year, Rich has tied himself to incredible projects across the musical spectrum of pop, alternative, hip hop, everything,” Symonds said. “He worked on some of my favorite albums of all time. Although he’s been strapped to huge luminaries, I love that he’s always looking for the next exciting performer to come through the door. It will be a fun trip together.

Costey joins a TaP Music roster that also includes artists such as Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Noah Cyrus, CL, Dermot Kennedy and Caroline Polachek.

Costey added: “I’m thrilled to be part of TaP’s fantastic roster. René brings both vision and courage to his work and is tireless in pursuit of goals. He, along with Ben, Ed and the entire team, has an innate ability to comfortably manage the link between artists’ creativity and long-term careers. I feel lucky to be here.

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