Monday, February 10, 2014

BMG Acquires Leading EDM Publisher Talpa Music

Bruce Houghton/Hypebot

BMG and Talpa Music Holding have signed an agreement under which BMG will acquire 100% of Benelux music publisher Talpa Music B.V., leader in electronic dance music. Talpa Music owns 37,000+ songs including some big names in EDM - Tiësto, Fedde Le Grand, Giorgio Tuinfort (co- writer / producer for David Guetta), Fabian Lenssen, Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Bakermat, Glowinthedark, Quintino and Brennan Heart.

Recent international hits featuring Talpa Music writers include ‘Give Me Everything (Tonight)’ by Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo & Afrojack, ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta ft. Sia, ‘Bang Bang’ by, ‘As Your Friend’ by Afrojack ft. Chris Brown, ‘I Could Be The One’ by Avicii & Nicky Romero and ‘Run The World (Girls)’ by Beyoncé.

Talpa administers over 500,000 songs. The company also represents the publishing interests of dance labels including Protocol Recordings, Mixmash Records, Be Yourself Music, Black Hole Recordings and Hard With Style.

Following the acquisition of Talpa, which is expected to be finalized later this month, BMG will merge its operations in the Netherlands under the name BMG Talpa Music.Current Talpa Music President Berk, BMG Benelux Managing Director Frank Bruens and VP Pieter van Bodegraven will continue to play an active role in the joint company.

Talpa Music B.V. was founded in 2005 by respected Dutch music publisher Tony Berk with media entrepreneur John de Mol – who founded the Talpa Group in 2004 after selling his Endemol production company (Big Brother, Deal Or No Deal) to Telefonica in 2000.

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