Jean-Michel Jarre sells his publishing catalog to BMG

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BMG announced early Thursday that it had acquired the entire music publishing catalog of French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre.

The deal brings the rights to breakthrough albums such as “Oxygen” and “Equinoxe” as well as Jarre’s writer’s revenue stream. The company previously acquired the sound recordings of Jarre’s first three albums when it bought acclaimed independent label Francis Dreyfus Music in 2012.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although for context, according to the announcement, Jarre has racked up more than 85 million album sales during his career.

Jarre said of his deal with the Germany-based company: “This partnership with BMG means a lot to me. Hartwig Masuch and the whole team have been part of my family for many years. Additionally, I am happy that my publishing back catalog is housed here in Europe and that my work continues to grow in such good hands. Today is a new beginning that allows me to develop new ideas and gives me the means to explore new territories. Together we will prosper.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said: “Jean-Michel Jarre is not only a pioneer of electronic music, he is a polymath and a brilliant ambassador of culture and internationalism. Nearly fifty years after Oxygene broke into the world, we are delighted to strengthen our long-standing relationship to become the trustees of its music publishing rights.

In addition to his 21 studio albums, and holds numerous records for his extravagant live concerts, which have attracted some of the largest audiences in human history, including the July 14, 1979 concert in Paris (1 million people), Houston 1986 (1.3 million), Paris-La Défense 1990 (2.5 million) and Moscow 1997 (3.5 million). Jarre was also the first Western musician to perform in China in 1981; he returned in 2004 by invitation again to play the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square live on national television.

His influence on electronic music is immeasurable and is reflected in many artists he has collaborated with including Moby, Laurie Anderson, Hans Zimmer, Armin van Buuren, Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja of Massive Attack, Edgar Froese, the Pet Shop The Boys, Gary Numan and many more. His latest album, “Amazonia”, a score from an exhibition by legendary photographer Sebastião Salgado, was released in 2021 to pay tribute to the Amazon rainforest, its inhabitants and the ecological threats facing the region. Jarre recently presented his new immersive live project, “Oxymore”, at Radio France’s Hyper Weekend Festival.

He is a longtime United Nations Ambassador and Spokesperson for UNESCO and recipient of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. In 2021, he was decorated with the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor by President Emmanuel Macron. He is a long-time defender of creators’ rights, having served as spokesperson for the international record label lobby group IFPI and president of CISAC, the international federation of authors’ societies. He currently chairs the Strategy and Innovation Council of SACEM.

The agreement was negotiated for Jean-Michel Jarre by Catalog Associates Limited, assisted and advised by Maximilien Jazani Esq.

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