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BMG Rights Management

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BMG Rights Management GmbH (also known simply as BMG) is an international music company based in Berlin, Germany.[1] It combines the activities of a music publisher and a record label.[2][3]

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BMG Rights Management GmbH
Bertelsmann Music Group (2009–present)
FoundedOctober 2008; 14 years ago (2008-10) in Berlin, Germany
Number of locations
20 countries (2020)
Area served
Key people
ServicesMusic rights management
RevenueIncrease 602 million (2020)
Increase €137 million (2020)
Number of employees
974 (2020)
Footnotes / references
BMG's main distributor is ADA, a division of Warner Music Group. Additional distributors, depending on artist and division, are Sony Music, RED Distribution, PIAS Group, SPV GmbH, Good2Go, Universal Music, INgrooves, Demon Music Group, Rough Trade and others.

BMG was founded in October 2008 after Bertelsmann sold its stake in Sony BMG.[4] From 2009 to 2013, the investment firm KKR held 51% of the company, which became one of the world's largest music publishers during that time.[5][6] BMG is 100% owned by Bertelsmann and one of the group's eight business divisions.[7] The portfolio includes rights in songs and recordings by artists such as Kylie Minogue,[8] Craig David,[9] Avril Lavigne,[10] The Rolling Stones,[11] Tina Turner,[12] The Cranberries,[13] David Bowie,[14] Roger Waters,[15] Iggy Pop,[16] Quincy Jones, Lenny Kravitz[17][18] Morrissey,[19][20][21][22][23][24][25] 5 Seconds of Summer, KSI, Eraserheads, Francis Magalona, Rivermaya,[26] and Peter Frampton.[27]