LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — BMG has acquired London-based music publisher Minder Music and its catalogue.
Minder’s catalogue ranges from works recorded by Cult Band The Fall (a 30 year relationship with Mark E. Smith) to the music from the 1950’s UK children’s TV series Watch With Mother (‘Bill & Ben’, ‘Andy Pandy’ and ‘Time To Go Home’).
Most notably, Minder owns rights in seminal R&B bands The Gap Band (‘Oops Upside Your Head’, ‘Outstanding’ and “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”), The Fatback Band (‘I Found Lovin’’, ‘Bus Stop’) and Jimmy Castor (‘It’s Just Begun’ and ‘Troglodyte’), Rufus & Chaka Chan’s ‘Once You Get Started’ and ‘First Impressions’ by The Impressions as well as perennial favourites like Ace’s ‘How Long’ (for which it controls both publishing and recording), Yarbrough & People’s ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ and ‘Denise’ (notably performed by Blondie as ‘Denis’).
The catalogue is one of the most sampled in music industry history with The Gap Band’s ‘Outstanding’ alone used by artists ranging from Madonna to Shaq’ O’Neal, Kylie Minogue, Usher, R.Kelly, Blackstreet, Soul for Real and Tina Turner and others.
Most recently The Gap Band’s ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ has been credited on the Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars hit ‘Uptown Funk’ which is not immediately included in the deal. BMG already represents Bruno Mars’s share in the song.
The deal also includes the acquisition of Minder’s sister company Cavalcade Recordings which has a catalogue of around 50 albums including three albums each from The Gap Band and Ace, and albums from The Fall, Billy Paul, Pennye Ford, Cado Belle and Yarbrough and Peoples.
Terms of the deal, which takes effect immediately, are not being disclosed. – Staff Writers