Veteran Swedish music executive Sanji Tandan is expanding his local independent music concerns into publishing through a pair of acquisitions.

Veteran Swedish music executive Sanji Tandan is expanding his local independent music concerns into publishing through a pair of acquisitions.

With the backing of an unidentified investment group, the former Warner Music Sweden managing director has purchased Sweden's fifth largest music publisher Scandinavian Songs, and Reactive Songs International. Both operations will be located at the Reactive Songs office in Stockholm. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tandan, who is chairman and owner of Network Entertainment Group, takes additional duties as chairman of the two publishing firms. He has hired Peo Nylén as MD of Scandinavian Songs and administrator of Reactive Songs. Nylén continues to independently operate Wkd Sound Industries, the Stockholm-based publishing and songwriters' consultancy which he founded.

The two publishing companies will remain separate entities to NEG, which incorporates the s56 record label Tandan founded in 2003 and the prominent independent label MNW Records that he bought in 2004.

"From a business point of view we now control the two largest independent and most important rights catalogs in Sweden," says Tandan. "This means that both from a masters and publishing angle, we pretty much are the strongest 'bank' of independent recordings and compositions."

Tandan acquired Scandinavian Songs from executives Kaj Lundén-Weldén and Björn Hakanson, who launched the company in 1983. The company has had its greatest success with MOR repertoire, which includes songs by such writers as Peter Himmelstrand and Gert Lengstrand. Lengstrand won Eurovision Song Contest in 1999 for his work with Charlotte Nilsson on "Take Me To Your Heaven."

Reactive Songs International was founded in 1999 and its catalog includes songs by Daniel Gibson, who penned works for his own band Paralive and for Dutch acts Sita and Within Temptation. Tandan acquired the company from a group of various unnamed investors.

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