Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed.

It comes two weeks after Universal also offered to drop Zomba Music, BBC Music, 19 Songs and 19 Music in a concession to the Commission's merger concerns.

Vivendi, Universal Music's parent is offloading parts of its catalog after the Commission indicated that the merged entity might hold an overly powerful position in the music publishing entity. The Commission has already begun market testing the planned proposal, and will shortly send questionnaires to rivals and customers about their likely responses.

Rondor was founded by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss in 1962. It has a catalog of more than 60,000 songs including Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', Aretha Franklin's 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T', Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On', and 'California Girls' by the Beach Boys, plus work by Al Green, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Supertramp, Tom Petty, Garbage and Jurassic 5. Vivendi paid Alpert and Moss $211 million in cash and stock for the company in 2000.

The Commission is due to rule on Universal's $2.05 billion (euro 1.63 billion) bid for BMG Music Publishing by June 1.

EU clearance is the last regulatory hurdle for the takeover, which was cleared in November in the United States by the Federal Trade Commission. European Commission officials say their investigation is concentrating on whether cutting the number of major publishers would push down fees for publishing rights or hurt conditions for European song writers.

Vivendi beat off rivals EMI Group and WMG last September to purchase BMG Music Publishing.