BMG Acquires Song Rights of Blues Legend John Lee Hooker In Latest Music IP Deal

John Lee Hooker. Photo Credit: BMG

After closing a catalog deal with John Legend last month – and partnering with investment firm Pimco to buy additional music IP – BMG has acquired the song rights of blues singer-songwriter John Lee Hooker.

Berlin-headquartered BMG announced its latest catalog purchase today, indicating that it had finalized the underlying agreement with the estate of John Lee Hooker, who passed away in 2001. The pact encompasses the entirety of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame inductee’s publishing catalog, which BMG bought with its “longstanding partner Fujipacific Music.”

Also included in the multifaceted transaction are The Blues Brothers actor’s “entire recorded and performance royalty income” and “a selection of Hooker’s recorded catalog spanning Alone, Vol. 1 (1980) through Black Night Is Falling (2020).” BMG acquired the recorded-catalog selection without a contribution from Fujipacific Music (a subsidiary of Japan’s largest media conglomerate).

Higher-ups acknowledged the “complex musical legacy” of Hooker, who released “Boogie Chillen’” back in 1948. “Some rights will still remain with third parties, but BMG will now take a lead role in promoting Hooker’s outstanding catalog,” the purchasing company said.

Across his decades-long career, John Lee Hooker likewise wrote and recorded well-known tracks such as “I’m in the Mood” (1951, later rereleased with Bonnie Raitt), “Dimples” (1956), “Boom Boom” (1962), and “The Healer” (1989), to name just some. Carlos Santana, who signed a record deal with BMG last year, co-wrote and featured on the latter song, the namesake Grammy-winning album’s opening track.

Addressing the catalog sale in a statement, Jeff Jampol, CEO of artist-estate management firm JAM, Inc., said in part: “As the longtime managers of the John Lee Hooker estate, JAM, Inc. was happy to help the estate and BMG conclude this transaction.

“We are very pleased that an artist-first company like BMG will be the stewards of this great legacy moving forward, and we are grateful to remain in a consulting and management role of the John Lee Hooker legacy, in partnership with BMG, moving forward,” finished Jampol, whose company’s website lists as clients The Doors, Michael Jackson, The Mamas and the Papas, and Jefferson Airplane.

As today’s deal between BMG and the John Lee Hooker estate underscores, the years-running catalog sales rush is showing few signs of slowing down. The past month or so has brought agreements involving the work of Sting, Alice in Chains, Def Leppard, Murda Beatz and Bryson Tiller, Luis Fonsi, Travis Tritt, Bob Dylan, Kenny Chesney, and Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson.

6 Responses

  1. WHY

    Look whoever monitors the comment section. Before you take my comment down
    Please listen to me. Please

    This is a hostile takeover of music. If you keep promoting and not investigating these companies for colluding together to collapse music market to buy up music to make it impossible for these artists to gain any rights after we move to the blockchain.

    Spotify is allowed to function and pay us nothing SO THAT MUSIC IS DEVALUE IS CERTAIN the artist will sell before they realize what they’ve lost

    You are aiding a blood thirsty corrupt music industry to gain a financial foothold in the next.

    https://youtu.be/5hWxPqlwEAw

    Please report on these connections.
    Spotify has an Ex Pfizer CEO heading the company. That alone should give you pause and ask your self if I’m right… If you ever cared even a little just look.

    This is a hostile takeover these musicians have already been hurt. This type of pain will directly affect their families generationally. Just because they don’t understand what’s happening. they think the next cassette tape or CD is the next phase of music but it’s bigger than that.

    And their enemy will be rewarded and fed off of what should be going to the family. Even partially.

    Please report on these connections. Your the press
    We don’t even have the FCC investigating that should scare you. What else are they doing and you just don’t see it. I can’t believe your in on this.

    Please please help us

  2. 58008918

    Spotify pays me quite well.

    You might want to adjust your tinfoil hat.