BMG has announced its latest sound recordings deal, this time with OMD, who will release their next studio album in partnership with the music rights company. The deal is the latest of what BMG refers to as its “innovative new model recording deals”.
BMG will also represent the publishing rights on the new long player, as they did on ‘History Of Modern’, the group’s last album, released in 2010. The first record from the classic OMD line-up since the 1980s, the group in essence self-released that record, albeit with some indie label partners.
Confirming the new deal, BMG’s VP of New Recordings, Dominique Kulling, told CMU: “OMD typify the kind of independent-minded artists we like to work with, combining real creativity with contemporary business-savvy. The fact that they know how to release an album successfully themselves yet have signed to BMG for their next record is an honour and a vindication of our model”.
Meanwhile OMD manager Mirelle Davis added: “OMD are an independent-spirited band, and we were attracted to the BMG model because it allows us to continue with the independent relationships we have built, particularly in the UK. Having worked together with BMG on ‘History Of Modern’, we know them and like them and this is the perfect next step. BMG are giving artists a new alternative and we are all very excited moving forward with the new album”.
By the time the new record is released, BMG may well also be in control of the publishing rights in many of OMD’s classic recordings too, via its acquisition of the Virgin UK songs catalogue, sold by Sony/ATV as part of its regulator commitments in the EMI Music Publishing takeover. BMG’s purchase of the EMI catalogues Sony/ATV committed to divest is still subject to EC approval.