Updated: BMG Takes On Rolling Stones Catalog…

BMG announced that it has been appointed to represent The Rolling Stones post-1983 catalog.


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Furthermore, BMG will also track payments from previous copyrights owned by ABKCO from 1963-1971and EMI Publishing from 1971-1983.


As the iconic band celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of their first single in 1963, their deal with BMG also marks the first time The Rolling Stones have appointed an outside music publisher in 40 years.

3 Responses

  1. Not the Whole Story

    What portion of the catalog is BMG representing, exactly?

    ABKCO has responded to this news with the following:

    “In light of today’s announcement by BMG concerning its involvement in music publishing interests in songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, ABKCO Music, Inc. wishes to reiterate that ABKCO, and ABKCO alone, owns and controls 100% of the worldwide copyright to the original 1963-1971 publishing catalog of Jagger/Richards Rolling Stones compositions.

    ABKCO CEO Jody Klein stated that the BMG announcement “has no relevance whatsoever to ABKCO’s ongoing role in its ownership or control of all existing copyrights, including such seminal titles as ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ and others from that period as has been the case for more than 40 years.”

    “We wish BMG all the best with their new endeavor but it must be noted that ABKCO, a wholly owned independent entertainment company, remains the sole source of rights and licensing for these compositions along with the corresponding master recordings by The Rolling Stones. It is unfortunate that BMG’s statement may have led some to conclude otherwise.””


    So what’s the whole story here?

  2. wallow-T

    Recently DMN has done stories on the business affairs of:

    The Rolling Stones! established 51 years ago.

    Pink Floyd! established 48 years ago.

    The Eagles! established 42 years ago.

    I think you may have revealed the cause of the music industry’s problems 🙂

  3. danwriter

    Makes sense, considering how much catalog sales mean to what’s left of the record industry, not to mention legacy artists’ critical importance to touring revenue. Perhaps if the labels actually went back to long-term artist development instead of short-term money grabs inthe form of advances, they cold lay he foundations for the next catalog.


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