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Reservoir acquires the publishing catalogue of the late French DJ, songwriter and producer Fred Rister

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NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir has acquired the publishing catalogue of the late DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister. The deal — the financial details of which have not been disclosed — includes several collaborations with his creative partner David Guetta.

"Together, Fred Rister and David Guetta helped define the genres of Dance, Pop, and Electronic throughout the 2000s, including contributing to the most downloaded song of all time in the US, 'I Gotta Feeling' by t...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Crispin Hunt to step down as Chair of the Ivors Academy after five years in the job

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British songwriter, producer and musician Crispin Hunt has announced that after five years as Chair of The Ivors Academy Board he would be stepping down "to make way for a successor." The Academy Board will elect and announce its new Chair "shortly."

"Hunt has steered the Academy, the preeminent body representing the interests of songwriters and composers, through an ambitious period of modernisation, growth and reform," said the organisation in a statement, adding that Hunt will continue to...

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Elvis Costello picks BMG to administer worldwide his songwriting catalogue

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British songwriter and performer Elvis Costello has inked a worldwide, exclusive music publishing deal with BMG covering his whole body of work.

Under the agreement, BMG will administer the rights to all of Costello's songs, from his debut album 'My Aim Is True', released in 1977, to his latest album 'The Boy Named If', release in January 2022. The catalogue includes songs featured on over 32 studio albums, of which 12 have charted in the UK Top 10.

Alistair Norbury, BMG President Repe...

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Bob Dylan sells his recording catalogue to Sony Music

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Sony Music Entertainment has fully acquired Bob Dylan’s entire back catalogue of recorded music, in a deal estimated to be in the region of $200 million, according to Billboard.

Bob Dylan said, “Columbia Records and [Sony Music Group Chairman & CEO] Rob Stringer have been nothing but good to me for many, many years and a whole lot of records. I’m glad that all my recordings can stay where they belong.”

The deal — which was concluded in July 2021 — includes the rights to the entirety o...

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