Music Publishing today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Famous
Music LLC from Viacom, which was originally announced on 30 May, 2007.
in 1928, the Famous Music catalogue includes 125,000 songs and sound cues, including
such hits and classics as "Footloose," "Moon River," "Take
My Breath Away," "It Don''t Mean a Thing (If It Ain''t Got That Swing),"
"Satin Doll," "Silver Bells," and "That''s Amore."
Music''s roster of songwriters includes Shakira, Akon, Linda Perry (who has written
for Pink, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera), 7Aurelius (who has written for
LL Cool J and Mariah Carey), Fred Jerkins III (who has written for Destiny''s Child
and Whitney Houston), Dave Tozer (who has written for John Legend), Mike Mangini
(who has written for Joss Stone and Baha Men), Charlie Midnight (who has written
for Hilary Duff and James Brown), Darrell Scott (who has written for Dixie Chicks
and Faith Hill), Modest Mouse, Jet and Ozomatli.
its Extreme division, Famous Music is also is a major supplier of high quality
recordings and musical compositions for use in television and radio advertisements,
film and television productions, trailers, and major network and cable broadcast
promotional announcements throughout the world.
catalogue, founded originally to publish music from "talking pictures,"
also includes the widely recognisable movie themes from Braveheart, The Godfather,
Forrest Gump, Mission Impossible and the "Axel F" theme from Beverly
Hills Cop. The catalogue includes contemporary hits such as "Bad Day"
(Daniel Powter), "Hips Don''t Lie" (Shakira), "The Real Slim Shady"
(Eminem), and "Beautiful" (written by Linda Perry - performed by Christina
Aguilera). The company also owns the Bjork, Duke Ellington, Dave Grusin, Bush
and Boyz II Men catalogues, and songs from smash Broadway shows such as A Chorus
Line and The Producers.
is not part of the Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
Music Publishing was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and trusts
formed by Michael Jackson. Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns or administers over
500,000 copyrights by such artists as The Beatles, Beck, Brooks & Dunn,
Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Jimi
Hendrix, Billy Mann, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Richie
Sambora, Stephen Stills, KT Tunstall and Hank Williams, among others. Sony/ATV
recently acquired the Leiber Stoller catalogue.