BMG Acquires Music Catalog Sampled by Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Usher

The Gap Band's 1982 smash "Outstanding," used by numerous musicians, is part of the deal with London-based Minder Music.

Some of the most sampled pieces of music in history has been picked up by BMG, part of the German media giant Bertelsmann. Describing itself as a "new model music company," BMG has acquired London-based published Minder Music and its catalog, it announced on Wednesday.

While financial details weren't disclosed, the deal includes The Gap Band's 1982's R&B smash “Outstanding,” used by the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Usher, R. Kelly, Blackstreet and Tina Turner, plus songs by The Fatback Band, Jimmy Castor, Chaka Khan, Ace and Yarbrough & People.

Other artists to have sampled Minder copyrights include Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Nas, The Spice Girls, All Saints, Dr. Dre, Groove Armada, Snap, George Michael, Christina Aguilera — and even kid’s TV character Bob The Builder.

Through it’s ownership of publishing rights in the Gap Band’s "Oops Upside Your Head," Minder was recently credited on the Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars smash ”Uptown Funk," but this cut is not immediately included in the deal. It will be retained in co-founder John Fogarty’s new company New Songs Administration with other works, including Python Lee Jackson/Rod Stewart classic “In A Broken Dream” which has recently been reworked by ASAP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart as “Everyday” and features on the recent No 1 US Album “At. Long. Last. ASAP."

 

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