BMG has switched distribution of 95,000 tracks and 8,000 albums from its prized catalog to ADA Worldwide. The move involves recordings by some of the biggest names in music, from Black Sabbath, Motörhead and The Kinks to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Fatboy Slim and Kylie Minogue.
It is the latest stage in a phased consolidation of BMG's supply chain to retailers and digital services around the world, with ADA, part of Warner Music Group, as BMG's lead distribution partner.
The consolidation plan is designed to bring substantial benefits in terms of service, efficiency and logistics to physical and digital retailers and services worldwide.
BMG EVP Global Rights Administration Ben Katovsky said, "This move will benefit not just our artist clients - with better service, increased transparency and ultimately more revenue - but also our retail partners. Over the past months ADA has delivered a seamless global transition of a significant volume of repertoire without disruption and to schedule, and I'd like to congratulate the entire ADA team on their work. Neither of us underestimates the complexities of this latest move, however, and we will be monitoring the situation carefully over the coming weeks to ensure the highest levels of service to our customers."
Eliah Seton, President of ADA Worldwide, noted, "The BMG and ADA teams have developed a tremendous working relationship over the past months. ADA is immensely proud to represent the extraordinary BMG catalog across the globe, and it is very exciting to be expanding our collection with this latest treasure trove of outstanding music from so many iconic artists."
Peter Stack, BMG EVP Global Catalog Recordings, said, "BMG has one of the most significant international recording catalogs in the world, including many of the gems of pop and rock history. We believe this significant realignment of our distribution arrangements will enable us to take this magnificent music to even more people around the world."