BMG To Represent Rolling Stones Catalogue

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The Rolling Stones. Photo: PA

The legendary Rolling Stones have selected BMG to represent their music publishing catalogue. Starting July 1, BMG will handle publishing for songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards since 1983. ABKCO maintains ownership of the Stones’ 1963-1971 catalog and EMI Music Publishing owns the 1971-1983 catalog.

The songs to be directly published by BMG span the albums Dirty Work (1986), Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges To Babylon (1997) and A Bigger Bang (2005) as well as future compositions. They include classic Stones tracks such as “Mixed Emotions,” “Love Is Strong,” “You Got Me Rocking” and “Doom And Gloom.”

“This deal is incredibly important for BMG,” says BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. “Keith and Mick have clearly created one of the most outstanding song collections in rock ‘n’ roll history. They have not only created the soundtrack of all of our lives, they have been a dynamic and constant force for cultural change. They could sign to any company they wanted to. The fact that they have chosen to sign with BMG is a significant vote of confidence in our team and in our creative and administration services. We will justify their trust in us.”

The Rolling Stones are currently in the US performing on their 50 & Counting Tour.

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