Music business

Elvis Costello signs exclusive global music publishing deal with BMG

Legendary British songwriter Elvis Costello has signed an exclusive worldwide music publishing deal with BMG to perform his life’s work.

The deal includes his latest album The boy named Si, which entered the Official UK Albums Chart last week at No. 6, its highest position since 1994.

Under the agreement, BMG will administer the rights to all of its songs from its debut album. my aim is truereleased in 1977.

Two-time Grammy Award winner – most recently in 2019 for look now — and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Elvis Costello has been the writing partner of Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney and Carole King.

Her songs have been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Diana Krall, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Zucchero, Dave Edmunds and Chet Baker, and have spawned at least six tribute albums by other performers.

The catalog includes songs from over 32 studio albums, 12 of which are in the UK Top 10.

His first three studio albums (released in 1977-79) were all on The Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

His catalog includes hits like Alison, Watch Detectives, Every day I write the book, Pump it upand Speedwell.

The 2021 release of Spanish modela reimagining of Costello’s 1978 second album, This Year’s Model, saw vocals added in Spanish by Latin stars such as Juanes and Luis Fonsi.

“We look forward to working with Elvis and his management to raise awareness and appreciation of one of the greatest songwriters the UK has produced.”

Alistair Norbury, BMG

Alistair Norbury, President of BMG Repertoire & Marketing UK, said: “Rarely does a catalog as distinguished as that of Elvis Costello become available.

“We look forward to working with Elvis and his management to raise awareness and appreciation of one of the greatest songwriters the UK has produced.”

“Elvis is truly the songwriter of songwriters. As music publishers, it is the quality of work that we all aspire to represent.

Ian Ramage, BMG

Ian Ramage, BMG VP A&R UK, added: “Elvis is truly the songwriter of songwriters. As music publishers, it is the quality of work that we all aspire to represent.The music industry around the world