Peermusic France has signed a worldwide publishing deal with world music act Gipsy Kings for their current album "Roots." Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The accord does not extend to the act's

Peermusic France has signed a worldwide publishing deal with world music act Gipsy Kings for their current album "Roots." Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The accord does not extend to the act's catalog.

Paris-based Peermusic France managing director Bruno Lion says he hopes that this one-album agreement will develop into a long-term relationship.

"It is quite rare to have the opportunity to work with one of the French bands that exports the most," says Lion. "The Gipsy Kings were free of publishing representation and we have found the right formula with them. I sincerely wish that we'll build from this deal."

Lion says clinching the deal was helped by the fact he has a good rapport with Gipsy Kings' Miami-based manager Pascal Imbert.

Imbert says he was attracted by "an independent group with worldwide reach, which is already strong in world music. It allows us to pursue our long term strategy, which is back to the roots from an A&R perspective and economic autonomy."

The album, released in spring, has already shifted 250,000 units worldwide, according to Peermusic. It goes through Nonesuch/Warner in the United States and Sony Music International in the rest of the world.