Universal Music Group has acquired international catalog rights, outside North America, to the Reprise label recordings of Frank Sinatra.

A total of 38 albums, plus a number of proposed new releases, are covered by the new, long-term agreement between Universal Music Group International (UMGI), and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group. Universal companies outside North America will handle an extensive reissue programme of the Sinatra catalog; Warner Music Group retains the rights for North America.

A special 40th anniversary edition of 1969 album "My Way," including unreleased recordings from that period, is among the first batch of seven albums to be reissued through UMGI outside North America on Oct. 5.

Other catalog titles to be released that day include "September Of My Years," "Sinatra Basie," "Sinatra At The Sands," "Sinatra Jobim," "Ring-A-Ding-Ding!" and "Live At The Meadowlands," a previously unavailable recording made in Sinatra's home state of New Jersey in 1986.

In addition, UMGI has the rights to distribute 14 audio-visual programmes on DVD, including the Emmy Award-winning "The Man And His Music" television special.

UMGI chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge said in a statement: "There's simply no one like Frank Sinatra. His music is one of the reasons I got into this business. Now we plan to bring it alive for a whole new generation of fans."

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