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ABBA man joins PRS, Michael Jackson Estate renews with BMI

By | Published on Thursday 18 December 2014

PRS For Music

Are collecting societies announcing new signings too now? Well, that’s the crazy new world we live in, people. Every songwriter and recording artist in the world should move one collecting society to the left, then we could make this a regular column. Anyway, there were two big announcements in the collecting society membership domain yesterday.

First up, the UK’s music publishing collecting organisation PRS For Music announced Björn Ulvaeus was joining the organisation as of 1 Jan 2015, with the society set to administer the ABBA man’s song rights worldwide. Says PRS chief Robert Ashcroft: “We are delighted to welcome such an immense talent to the PRS For Music membership. Björn Ulvaeus’s catalogue includes some of the greatest songs of all time and we are extremely proud to represent such a remarkable songwriter”.

Meanwhile Stateside, the Michael Jackson estate has renewed its alliance with BMI, which will continue to rep the late king of pop’s songs catalogue for public performance licensing. Says BMI chief Mike O’Neill: “We are pleased to announce our continued representation of Michael’s extraordinary and vast catalogue. Since 1976, we’ve had the privilege of licensing his works and we’re honoured to continue this relationship with his estate”.