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The Rolling Stones sign with BMG to administer band's music catalogue


The Rolling Stones have signed on with BMG, part of German publisher Bertelsmann, to administer the band's music catalogue. Starting on July 1st, BMG will takes full responsibility of handling Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' songs from 1983 until the present -- as well as sharing responsibility for the "Glimmer Twins'" shares in their pre-1983 works. The company's primary responsibility will to market and license the Stones' music for TV and films, as well as "ensuring the writers are paid promptly and accurately for their use on the fast-growing number of digital music services." (Reuters)

Mick Jagger told us that -- for better or worse -- he's always kept his ears on the pulse of what's going down musically on the street and in the clubs: "You think you've invented some great new style (laughs) which someone's done five years ago. They say, 'Oh well, sorry, well, that's been done to death!' 'Oh, 'thought that was new.' 'No.' That's a joke, but that can happen, y'know? I'm not saying you have to be a slave, I don't think you need to be a slave to new things, necessarily, but in pop music, y'know, I think it's good to keep your ear on the ground, some."

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