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Elvis Costello signs publishing deal with BMG

By | Published on Wednesday 26 January 2022

Elvis Costello

Following the release of his new album ‘The Boy Named If’ last week, Elvis Costello has announced that he has signed a new worldwide publishing deal with BMG. The company will administer his full catalogue, which is quite a lot of songs. Nearly 600, I think.

“It is not often that a catalogue as distinguished as Elvis Costello’s becomes available”, says Alistair Norbury, BMG’s President Repertoire & Marketing UK. “We look forward to working with Elvis and his management to further raise awareness and appreciation of one of the greatest songwriters the UK has produced”.

BMG VP A&R UK Ian Ramage adds: “Elvis really is the songwriters’ songwriter. As a music publisher, this is the quality of work we all aspire to represent”.

Costello’s songwriting was in the news last year after Olivia Rodrigo was accused of ripping off his song ‘Pump It Up’. “This is fine by me”, he said after it was brought to his attention on Twitter, “it’s how rock n roll works”. So, BMG’s first job won’t be to secure him a credit on Rodrigo’s ‘Brutal’.

Meanwhile, he announced earlier this month that he would stop performing his song ‘Oliver’s Army’ live due to an ongoing controversy over its lyrics. So that’s something else BMG doesn’t have to worry about. I’m sure there are other things to do though.