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BMG Ups Interest in Snap! Catalog With Michael Münzing Deal

BMG Ups Interest in Snap! Catalog With Michael Münzing Deal

BMG has formally upped its stake within the catalog of Snap! by inking an settlement with the Eurodance group’s “mastermind,” Michael Münzing.

Berlin-headquartered BMG emailed Digital Music Information this morning about its newest deal involving Frankfurt-based Snap!, having owned the act’s recorded catalog for roughly half a decade. Since then, the physique of labor at hand – together with “The Energy” and “Rhythm Is a Dancer” – has emerged as “a major synch earner,” based on BMG.

Evidently trying to capitalize upon this ostensibly robust income exhibiting, the Thomas Coesfeld-led enterprise has now bought “the author’s share of royalties” from Münzing. Credited as Benito Benites, Münzing has penned Snap! tracks together with these talked about above, “Ooops Up,” “Cult of Snap,” “Mary Had a Little Boy,” and “Welcome to Tomorrow (Are You Prepared?),” to call some.

Though BMG opted to not disclose the pact’s monetary specifics, higher-ups did take the chance to acknowledge that the settlement “is regarded as the primary of its sort in Germany during the last years.” And in a press release, BMG EVP of repertoire and advertising Maximilian Kolb touted the continued streaming and sync attain of the suitable initiatives.

“SNAP! are a cultural touchstone for the Nineties which continues to resonate in the present day, not simply in streaming but in addition in synch,” mentioned the 11-year BMG veteran Kolb. “We’re happy to have agreed phrases with Michael Münzing which is able to enable to additional safe the worth of those nice works.”

Right now’s funding represents certainly one of many latest IP performs from BMG, which, based on its 2022 earnings report, dropped a staggering $400 million on catalogs final 12 months. (Amongst these 2022 acquisitions was a cope with one other Eurodance musician, “What Is Love” artist Haddaway.)

Thus far in 2023, the KKR– and Pimco-partnered enterprise has scooped up the recordings of The Hollies and nabbed Paul Simon’s “royalty revenue in Simon & Garfunkel recordings.” Extra broadly, rising charges and an unsure economic system haven’t stopped the likes of Spherical Hill, Reservoir, HarbourView Fairness, Armada Music’s BEAT, and even The Zombies from buying catalogs as of late.

That mentioned, 2023’s preliminary eight and one-half months additionally delivered rumors of a number of blockbuster transactions that haven’t but come to fruition. Whereas the offers might nonetheless shut, rightsholders haven’t confirmed the sale of a 50 p.c Michael Jackson catalog stake, a ten p.c curiosity in Led Zeppelin’s physique of labor, $500 million value of Warner Bros. Discovery music IP, or Queen’s over $1 billion catalog.

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