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BMG To Acquire Alberts

SYDNEY, NSW (CelebrityAccess) — BMG announced the acquisition of 131-year-old Australian music publishing and recording company, J Albert & Son Pty Ltd, better known as Alberts.

Alberts published and recorded music from some of Australia's leading artists, including The Easybeats and their songwriters Harry Vanda, George Young & Stevie Wright, AC/DC, John Paul Young, Rose Tattoo, as well as a roster of contemporary artists such as Montaigne, Megan Washington, Brendan Gallagher, Josh Pyke, Urthboy, the Cat Empire and San Cisco.

Alberts will now form part of BMG Australia, the Sydney-based operation of BMG which launched earlier this year. BMG Australia Managing Director Heath Johns will run the newly-enlarged company, which will take on a number of the Alberts team.

"No company has left a mark on Australian music like Alberts,” he said. “It is an honour for BMG Australia to protect this profound legacy and also work with its exciting contemporary roster to further build their careers at home and abroad. This is a big vote of confidence in Australian talent and a recognition of Australia’s status as the biggest international exporter of recording talent after the US and UK." – Staff Writers