BMG Acquires Simple Minds' Music Rights: A Major Deal in Music Publishing

Simple Minds, the iconic Scottish rock band, has reportedly sold a significant portion of their music rights to BMG, according to multiple industry sources. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

BMG, a leading international music company, has been actively expanding its music publishing catalog. This acquisition marks another key addition to their growing portfolio.

The deal includes the acquisition of Simple Minds' musical compositions and copyrights. This transaction underscores BMG's commitment to investing in music rights and the value they bring to artists and creators.

Simple Minds, formed in 1977, is known for hits like "Don't You (Forget It)," "Alive and Kicking," and "Sanctify Yourself." Their music has been streamed over 1.5 billion times on Spotify alone.

Music rights, as explained by the Music Rights Society, are the legal rights that give creators and owners the power to control the use of their musical compositions and lyrics. These rights can be licensed for various uses, such as public performance, broadcasting, and synchronization in films, TV shows, and advertisements.

BMG's acquisition of Simple Minds' music rights is a testament to the enduring value of music and the importance of owning and controlling the rights to it.


  1. BMG Acquires Music Interests in Scottish Rock Band Simple Minds - Music Business Worldwide
  2. What Are Music Rights? - Music Rights Society
  3. Who Owns the Right to Music? - NPR
  4. How Do Music Rights Work? - Billboard

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