Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed with BMG to represent their interests dating back to the early Sixties.
Beginning 1 July 2013 BMG will take on direct responsibility for publishing all of the songs written by The Rolling Stones songwriting team of Jagger and Richards since 1983. Additionally it will be responsible for handling Jagger and Richards’s shares of their pre-1983 copyrights which are represented by ABKCO (1963-1971) and EMI Music Publishing (1971-1983).
The deal comes as The Rolling Stones celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of their first single in June 1963. It marks the first time The Rolling Stones have appointed an outside music publisher in 40 years.
BMG’s responsibilities will range from marketing and licensing the songs to the film, TV and advertising sectors, to ensuring that the writers are paid promptly and accurately for their use on the fast-growing number of digital music services.
BMG Chrysalis SVP Alexi Cory-Smith, said, “Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are among the greatest songwriters in rock ‘n’ roll history. It’s a huge honour that they have chosen us to represent their interests. Beginning July 1, we will be working alongside all of our offices around the world to give them the very best BMG can offer.”
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both commented, “We look forward to a fresh and fruitful long-term business relationship with all the team at BMG.”
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’.
Meanwhile BMG will also administer Jagger and Richards’s interests in all of their Rolling Stones hits dating back to 1963 including ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Angie’
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