Bertelsmann AG is a non-public stock corporation. At present, its shareholders are the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and the Mohn family. The capital shares are held by three shareholders: the Bertelsmann Stiftung (57.6%), the Mohn family (17.3%) and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (25.1%, of which 0.1% are non-voting shares). The voting rights held by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Mohn family are exercised by Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft (BVG). BVG controls 75% of voting rights, while Groupe Bruxelles Lambert controls 25%.


Headquarters:  New York City
Shareholders:  SONY (50%) Bertelsmann AG (50%)
Record Labels (selection):
Arista Records, BMG Ariola, BMG Canada, BMG Classics, BMG Japan, BMG Ricordi, BMG Strategic Marketing Group, BMG UK & Ireland, Columbia Records Group, Crescent Moon Records, Epic Records, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace, Legacy Recordings, Provident Music Group, RCA Label Group - Nashville, RCA Records, RCA Victor Group, Sony Classical, Sony Music Custom Marketing Group, Sony Music International, Sony Music Nashville, Sony Music Norte, Sony Music Soundtrax, Sony Wonder, Verity.
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
Andrew Lack, Chief Executive Officer, Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Michael Smellie, Chief Operating Officer, Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Kevin Kelleher, Chief Financial Officer, Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sony BMG Music Entertainment





Q:Why a merger and why now?
A: The recorded music industry is facing a global crisis. We have all seen a massive decline in sales while costs have risen and CD prices have fallen. By combining operations, and a program of cost savings, Sony BMG will be able to sustain and increase our investment in artists worldwide and in multiple genres, instead of continuing on our current course of streamlining and cutting costs in response to the challenging market conditions.
Q: What is included in the JV?
A: Sony BMG is comprised largely of the recorded music labels of Sony Music and BMG. Music publishing, and manufacturing are not included. In Japan, Bertelsmann's recorded music division will be included in the joint venture but Sony's will be kept separate.
Q: What is the operating focus of Sony BMG?
A: Our focus is on recorded-music operations, and our relationship with artists is at the core of what we do. Our focus is on developing music talent, finding new repertoire, helping established artists branch out in new areas, and exploring new avenues to promote and market music.
Q: How will the JV approach A&R ­ will the new company focus on just global hits, or will there be an additional focus on A&R at the local level?
A: Sony BMG is dedicated to supporting local artists and repertoire in regions around the world. We believe today's local A&R successes are tomorrow's global superstars.
Q: What artists and labels comprise the combined company?
A: Sony BMG will benefit from the complementary strengths of the two companies, including some of the greatest record labels in the world, impressive current artist rosters, and a vast catalog of important and influential recordings.
Q: Who will run the JV?
A: The JV has a joint leadership structure, made up of senior managers from each company. The CEO is Andrew Lack, who will report to a six-person board of directors split evenly between representatives of Sony Corp. of America and Bertelsmann AG. The Chairman of the Board of Directors is Rolf Schmidt Holtz. Michael Smellie will be Chief Operating Officer, and Kevin Kelleher will be Chief Financial Officer.
Q: Where are the headquarters of Sony BMG? And what about headquarters for the JV in France, Germany, and other countries?
A: Sony BMG's corporate offices will be based at 550 Madison Avenue in New York. The JV and its labels will also maintain offices in other locations within the city of New York. For the time being it will also maintain offices at the Bertelsmann building in New York City. In other countries and territories, the locations will be determined as we work through the integration of Sony Music and BMG.




Announcing the New Bluebird Centennial Collections

It's Glenn Miller and Fats Waller's 100th birthday this year and Bluebird/RCA Victor celebrates these giants of the swing era with The Centennial Collections, a new series that offers something different . . . a CD of newly remastered greatest hits by the legends of jazz, plus a bonus DVD of rarely seen film/performance footage . . . all for the price of one CD. Addational releases include Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman, and Coleman Hawkins.





Bebo & Cigala - Latin Grammy Nods

July 14, 2004 (Los Angeles, CA) - Legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, and Gypsy flamenco vocalist Diego ¿el Cigala¿ Salazar and their record Lágrimas Negras, produced by Javier Limón and Academy Award-winning film director Fernando Trueba, are becoming a unique event in the history of Spanish and international music. Following their achievements to date with quality mestizo music, now come the Latin Grammy awards. Bebo & Cigala and the album Lágrimas Negras have been nominated for this year¿s Latin Grammy awards in the following categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Traditional Tropical Album, Best Recording Engineering and Best Producer of the Year (Javier Limón). The Latin Grammys will be broadcast on CBS on September 1st. Cigala told the Los Angeles Times, ¿¿if we are able with this record to open borders and bring people closer to flamenco who never listened to the music before -- well, that¿s marvelous.¿ These five Latin Grammy nominations come on top of the important awards that Lágrimas Negras has won in Spain in the last year: five Amigo awards, three Musica awards and one Ondas award. 


In Spain, Lágrimas Negras has sold more than 250,000 copies and has been in the best-selling charts for 58 weeks (more than 14 months!). Lágrimas Negras, which was released in the U.S. last month and in Europe last year, was on the 2003 best albums lists of critics at The New York Times, Newsday, and other publications. Bebo & Cigala have also been featured in Time and the Los Angeles Times. Outside of Spain it has sold over 130,000 copies world wide in just three months, with special success in Mexico, France, Argentina, Portugal, Venezuela and the United States. The record has been released in more than 20 countries and is scheduled for release in Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Bulgaria and Brazil. Lágrimas Negras is a unique blending of the music of Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés with the flamenco voice of Diego ¿el Cigala¿ Salazar. The album represents two artists, two generations, two truths and a half-century age difference between them. Additionally, Bebo Valdés is eligible for a sixth Latin Grammy in the category of Latin Jazz for his record We could make such beautiful music together with violinist Federico Britos. To make matters even more interesting, Chucho Valdés - Son of Bebo - is also up for this award for his last record.


The newest news at Bluebird Jazz
Check out the latest news from Bluebird, including:

1) Cesaria Evora Wins a GRAMMY Award for Voz D?Amor
2) Never ?Before-Released Frank Sinatra to Hit Stores on April 6th!
3) Announcing the New Bluebird Centennial Collections
4) Strange Liberation Making Waves in the Jazz World
5) New Additions to When The Sun Goes Down Series
6) Two More Bluebird First Editions Coming Soon

Grammy Award Winner Cesaria Evora for Voz D'Amor

VOZ D'AMOR - Cesaria Evora (Bluebird)

Awarded to Cesaria Evora at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2004!

Fourplay Announces 25 City National Tour

June 22, 2004 (New York, NY) - After more than ten years as the hottest supergroup in contemporary jazz, Fourplay hits the road to support their ninth studio album, Journey. Fourplay is comprised of keyboardist Bob James, bassist/vocalist Nathan East, guitarist Larry Carlton, and drummer Harvey Mason -- each a major artist in his own right. Recorded at Firehouse Recording and produced by longtime Fourplay producer, Don Murray, the band went into the studio with sometimes only simple sketches of melodies. Using their innate talents and their world-class improvising skills, not to mention an unbelievable amount of teamwork, Fourplay worked on each song with a free give-and-take session of discussion and performance and then the band would lay it down. Journey is also the band's first all-digital album, a milestone for a group known for its embrace of analog sound. Journey includes nine Fourplay originals and one cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold." Nathan East lends his vocal talents to "Play Around It" and the title track "Journey," which also features Bikki Johnson on background vocals and shaker. Each song on Journey has a story behind it. 


Each one offers another perspective on how Fourplay continues to grow as a writing collective, a rhythm section, and as a source of continued excellence. August 21 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery August 22 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl August 25 Saratoga, CA Garden Theatre September 10 West Bend, WI Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival September 11 St. Paul, MN Fitzgerald Theater September 12 Marshall, MO Crossroads Amphitheater September 13 St. Louis, MO The Pageant September 15 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square Center September 16 Detroit, MI Detroit Opera House September 17 Columbus, OH Promowest Pavilion September 18 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre September 21 Austin, TX One World Theater September 22 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater October 14 Rehoboth Beach, DE Rehoboth Autumn Jazz Festival October 15 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre October 16 Atlantic City, NJ Trump Marina ¿ The Shell November 11 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre November 12, 13 Atlanta, GA Georgia Institute of Technology November 14 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium November 15 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre of Durham November 16 Washington, DC GW Lisner Auditorium November 18 New York, NY Town Hall November 19 Huntington, NY Inter-Media Arts Center November 20 New Haven, CT Southern CT State University November 21 Palmerton, PA Penn¿s Peak


Never Before Released Frank Sinatra to Hit Stores April 6th!

Frank Sinatra fans and anybody who has ever loved this blue eyed crooner will be ecstatic to find out that we have rummaged through the archives and found a collection of NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED Frank Sinatra recordings! Young Blue Eyes- Birth of a Crooner will be in stores on April 6th!

This 20-song collection of the Dorsey-Sinatra collaboration emanates from their legendary NBC radio broadcasts in the early ?40s. Young Blue Eyes- The Birth of a Crooner features unique interpretations of Sinatra classics as well as rare covers that have previously been unreleased commercially. The live recordings have been exceptionally remastered by engineer Doug Pomeroy to ensure high sonic quality.

Sinatra launched his career with the Dorsey Orchestra, and together they held sway over the popular music scene from 1940 to 1942. During that time they recorded 90 songs for RCA Victor. These studio dates have been documented on the Bluebird box set The Song Is You. However, the three-year Dorsey-Sinatra working relationship was more expansive than the studio setting. Young Blue Eyes?Birth of the Crooner opens a window on seminal live performances of ballads and romance tunes when Sinatra was cutting his teeth in the music world with one of the premiere big bands.


Strange Liberation Making Waves in the Jazz World

Dave Douglas'new title Strange Liberation is making waves in the Jazz world, with rave reviews from the critics, number #1 on jazz radio for a month, and a worldwide tour currently in motion. Featuring special guest Bill Frisell on guitar, Dave Douglas brings his amazing trumpet playing ability as well as his compositional skills to the table, complimented by the New Quintet.

Check out what the press has to say about Strange Liberation...

"The trumpeter reconvenes the quintet behind 2002's gem The Infinite, adding guitarist Bill Frisell's quavering twang to the mix. He achieves a richly detailed sound, elegant even in its eccentricities. Often, Frisell and Uri Caine's piano cast lovely sonic halos around Douglas' pungent tone. There's an intelligent cohesion to these wide-ranging tracks, and just the right tension between composition and improvisation. A-" -Entertainment Weekly

?From the opening track, the sound, the ensemble blend, freezes you right in your chair? Strange Liberation possesses, in spades, the quality of immediacy essential to jazz? ?Jazz Times

?Forty-one years old with 21 albums to his credit: that is a remarkable resume for jazz's most adventurous trumpeter. Dave Douglas' sixth Bluebird outing, Strange Liberation, is a reflective, whimsical and driving quintet date with guest Bill Frisell. It marks the first meeting of the fellow alchemists. The pairing is a perfect tonal match: Frisell's dreamy yet barbed guitar stylings harmonically mated to Douglas' trademark bumblebee trills and high-pitched wails. But the Frisell-Douglas partnership is only part of the CD's success story. Equally vital to its dynamism is Douglas' brilliant road-honed band? -Billboard

"Strange Liberation is the best album in several years by Dave Douglas, a prolific trumpeter and bandleader. It doesn't take long for each of his new bands to sound good, but a lot depends on the material these bands are working on. Mr. Douglas is project minded, not just writing to the strengths of his players but often composing with specific goals, homages or sound combinations in mind.... the band has the rhythmic and timbral originality to go up against Mr. Frisell properly." -New York Times

?Douglas works in so many formats and goes to the high-concept well so often that it?s easy to overlook recordings? that are harder to categorize, but that is often where the choicest fruit of his vibrant imagination exist.? ?Downbeat



New Additions to When The Sun Goes Down

Tracing the roots of rock & roll, the critically-acclaimed When The Sun Goes Down series showcases early versions of songs that were very influential and/or later popularized with mainstream pop or rock hits. These are the often superior versions you didn?t even know existed! While the series has focused primarily on the early influence of blues, the latest two installments expand the concept highlighting the influence of early country and gospel.

Honey In The Rock demonstrates the singular influence of black gospel on rock and popular music going back to 1902! This particular program begins with ultra-rare gems from this period right through Thelma Houston?s 1972 recordings, providing a breathtaking panorama of America?s most influential music.

Likewise, Will The Circle Be Unbroken demonstrates the profound impact of early country and roots music, featuring early versions of familiar songs, heard as they were originally written or recorded. Featured tracks include Vernon Dalhart?s ?The Prisoner?s Song? (the first country music million-seller), The Monroe Brother?s ?Can the Circle Be Unbroken? (later popularized by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and Gray & Whitter?s 1928 version of ?Tom Dooley?, which later sparked the 1960s folk revival.



New Bluebird First Editions: Bing & Clooney

Continuing the critically-acclaimed First Edition reissue series, Bluebird offers two new stellar titles . . . completely remastered and sounding better than ever!

Bing Crosby - Bing With A Beat

Regarded by many scholars and fans as Bing Crosby?s greatest album, Bing With A Beat is the jazz record Crosby always dreamed of making during his many years of crafting pop hits. He made this record for the sheer pleasure and love of jazz, collaborating with his ideal wish-list of musicians, and focusing on songs he loved. You can hear the joy in his voice as he performs a collection of songs he never otherwise recorded, including an early version of ?Mack The Knife?, done in tribute to his friend Louis Armstrong.

Rosemary Clooney ? Rosie Solves The Swingin? Riddle

Rosie Solves The Swingin? Riddle is one of two fantastic recording collaborations between Rosemary Clooney and Nelson Riddle, that illustrates their mastery of The Great American Songbook. What many don?t know is that this collaboration coincided with their passionate love affair outside the recording studio, a relationship that Clooney once described as ?. . . the best blending of my job and my personal life that I?ve ever had.? All of this is reflected in this high-spirited collection of uptempo tunes, including two never-before-released bonus tracks.







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Elton John

Elvis Presley


Enrique Iglesias


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Flipp's - Pop Funk collection


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Frankie Laine

Garth Brooks

Gary Numan


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Geri Halliwell

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Grace Jones

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Groove Armada

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Louis Walsh

Luciano Pavarotti


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Mariah Carey


Max Jasper - Mezzowave




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Mireille Mathieu

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Peter Waterman

Petition the Prime Minister

Petula Clarke

Phil Collins


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Robbie Williams

Rod Stewart


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Stevie Wonder

Sting - The Police

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The Bee Gees

The Brit Awards

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The Clash

The Doobie Brothers

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The X Factor 2005

The X Factor 2006

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USA For Africa

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