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BMG announces deal to administrate George Harrison catalogue

By | Published on Friday 8 April 2022


BMG has entered into one of those global publishing agreements with the George Harrison estate which will see the music firm administer the catalogue of the late Beatle’s publishing company Harrisongs, which includes songs he wrote with The Beatles and Traveling Wilburys as well as music from his solo career.

The deal around Harrison’s songs catalogue builds on BMG’s existing partnership with Dark Horse Records, the label Harrison founded in 1974 to release his own music and recordings by other artists, and which is now run by his son Dhani and artist manager David Zonshine.

Commenting on the new deal, Dhani Harrison says: “I’m delighted to announce that my father’s song catalogue 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”.

Meanwhile BMG boss Hartwig Masuch adds: “George Harrison stands at the pinnacle of what it means to be an influential and successful artist and humanitarian. It is telling that of the 188 original songs released by the Beatles during their career, it’s George’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’ which is by far the most played on Spotify”.

“It is an honour for all of us here at BMG now to be representing the Harrisongs catalogue”, he goes on. “The Harrison estate is rightly fiercely protective of George’s legacy and we will do our best to reward their faith in us”.