Bicycle Music Strikes Publishing Administration Deal for George Harrison's Catalog: Exclusive

George Harrison
Courtesy of The Harrison Family

George Harrison

Bicycle Music has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with the estate of George Harrison, whose catalog consists of 400 works including the late guitarist's classic songs from The Beatles' Abbey Road and the White Album, songs from his solo career, and his film compositions.

The deal also includes the works of his son Dhani Harrison, as well some songs from artists like Splinter and the Stairsteps on Dark Horse Records and certain songs of Ravi Shankar.

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“Dhani and I are happy to embark on this new partnership with Bicycle Music, and we are excited that Bicycle is truly enthusiastic about such a wide variety of music,” Olivia Harrison, Harrison’s widow said in a statement.

Notable songs in the catalog include “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Something,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “My Sweet Lord,” “What Is Life,” “All Those Years Ago,” and his song contributions to the Traveling Wilbury’s Volume 1 and Volume 3.

“I could never have imagined growing up on the songs of George Harrison that I would someday have the privilege and responsibility of caring for these enduring works,” Bicycle CEO Jake Wisely said in a statement. “These songs are a music publisher’s dream.”

The Dani Harrison works covered by the deal include his contributions to the score of the 2012 film Beautiful Creatures and his contributions to Fistful of Mercy’s album As I Call You Down, recorded with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur, and other film and television scores to such titles as The Divide, Seattle Road and Learning To Drive.

According to the announcement, the Harrison Estate selected Bicycle to bring new creative opportunities for exploiting the catalog.

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“It’s an honor of the highest order to be working creatively with a musical legacy so profoundly influential and intimate to me,” Bicycle senior VP of creative, A&R and sync Michael Pizzuto said in a statement. “Beyond George’s most loved and well known hits there is a deep well of magic in the catalog, songs that so vividly reflect the light and shade of George’s mystical spirit and pop sensibility. It’s also exciting to be working with Dhani on his eclectic body of work as well as future projects.”

The deal means that parent company Concord Bicycle Music now houses the music of two Beatles. In addition to the Harrison deal, sister company Concord Music Group also issues all the Paul McCartney post-Beatles music, including the entire Wings catalog and all of his solo works under a licensing deal.