Chess publishing catalogue changes ownership

BMG, Berlin has acquired a majority interest in the ARC music publishing catalogue from the Fuji Music Group.

ARC, the publishing arm of legendary Chess Records includes such classic songs as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “I’m A Man,” “Susie-Q,” “At The Hop,” and “Smokestack Lighting.”

BMG has been administering the ARC catalogue since 2010 for Fuji Music Group, which acquired the catalogue in 2009. BMG serves as administrator for the entire Fuji catalog globally, except for Japan and Southeast Asia.

BMG already publishes the songs of legendary Chess producer and writer Willie Dixon, as well as the catalogs Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash. Now it has classic works by Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Dale Hawkins and others.

“The Chess brothers and their successors brought blues and rock & roll to the world, BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said in a statement. “The artists and songwriters they discovered still resonate through the decades. Both culturally and commercially, the acquisition of this majority stake in ARC is one of the most significant acquisitions in the development of BMG so far.”


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