BMG Music Publishing and Famous Music Publishing renewed their international subpublishing agreement, the companies announced Friday (Feb. 4).

NEW YORK -- BMG Music Publishing and Famous Music Publishing renewed their international subpublishing agreement, the companies announced Friday (Feb. 4).

Under the deal, BMG will handle the Famous catalog worldwide except for the United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Okinawa and Vietnam.

"Famous Music has grown to be one of the strongest and most diverse independent music publishers in the business, and BMG Music Publishing is proud to be Famous Music's international home," says Nicholas Firth, BMG Music Publishing chairman.

Recent hits written or co-written by Famous Music songwriters include the Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (written by C. Muncey and N. Cester) and "Look What You've Done" (Cester), Destiny Child's "Lose My Breath" (co-written by F. Jerkins), Modest Mouse's "Ocean Breathes Salty" (I. Rock, E. Judy, D. Galluci) and LL Cool J's "Hush" (co-written by 7 Aurelius).

When the companies first formed ties in 1995, it was believed to be the largest subpublishing deal at the time. Since then the companies have continued to expand.

"Certainly, one of the major factors then -- as now -- was our long-term relationship with Nick Firth, one of the most experienced and innovative music publishers in the industry," says Irwin Robinson, Famous Music chairman/CEO.

Famous was established in 1928 as the music publishing division of Paramount Pictures. It now contains more than 125,000 copyrights, with one of the richest catalogs in film music.

BMG Music Publishing, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, is the world's largest independent music publisher and one of the top three multinational music publishing groups, with wholly owned offices in 31 countries.

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