BMG and Harrisongs
BMG has entered into a global publishing agreement with the George Harrison Estate to administer the Harrisongs catalog.
The catalog comprises more than 200 songs written by George Harrison with the Beatles, the Traveling Wilburys and for the artist’s solo career. The catalog was previously administered by Concord.
The BMG deal expands on the firm’s relationship with Harrison’s music company Dark Horse Records, with BMG serving as its global partner across recorded music, music publishing, and merchandise, while also developing further areas of business.
In 2020, BMG announced it had entered into a multi-faceted global partnership with Dark Horse Records, which it now expands to include Harrisongs. Recent Dark Horse Records releases include the newest recordings from Billy Idol, The Roadside and Happy Holidays, with upcoming releases including Idol’s forthcoming new EP, and Benmont Tench’s much-anticipated new studio album.
More recently, in 2022, Dark Horse Records reached a new global recordings agreement for 16 albums from Leon Russell’s recorded catalog spanning 1984 – 2013, and a global publishing administration deal for Joe Strummer’s solo publishing catalog featuring hundreds of songs including all three Mescaleros albums, his scoring contributions, as well as the sixth and final Clash album Cut The Crap.
Furthermore, the partnership with BMG has expanded to include DH Merchandise, a one stop-shop offering creative design through to fulfillment, including the launch of new merchandise stores for George Harrison, Joe Strummer, Johnny Ramone, and additional partnerships with Traveling Wilburys and Buddy Holly; as well as the introduction of the Dark Horse Sounds wellness music series.
Dhani Harrison said: “I’m delighted to announce that my father’s song catalog will be joining BMG/Dark Horse Records.
“We have had a longstanding and successful partnership with BMG over the years and we look forward to continuing to expand our relationship well into the future.”
Source: Music Business Wordwide
So can we expect to see any unreleased music by George in the near future?
Now this makes me curious. Who drives these developments. If it is Dhani The Beatles catalogue has at least two great conservators: somebody from Paul’s family, one the grand-kids, and Dhani.
Great. now might we get that long-promised box set? or at least Early Takes, Volume 2?
Yes volume 2. How long has that been coming?
I am waiting for Portrait of a Leg End(complete with Monty Python prosthetic leg cartoon contribution and liner notes. Also, The World is Doomed Vol. 1.