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BMG Chrysalis captures Bruno Mars

Paul Williams
BMG Chrysalis captures Bruno Mars

Mars, one third of the songwriting and production team The Smeezingtons with Ari Levine and Philip Lawrence, not only co-penned his own solo global smashes such as Just The Way You Are (Amazing), Grenade and The Lazy Songs, but also the likes of Cee Lo Green's Forget You, Flo Rida's Right Round and Travie McCoy's Billionaire on which he also features. He has sold 36 million singles around the world, according to BMG Chrysalis.

Mars last year filed a lawsuit in the Central District of the California Superior Court claiming that his publishing deal with his then publisher Bug had terminated on May 12 and asked the judge to free him from his contract. Bug, which also had Ari Levine on its books, was acquired by BMG Chrysalis's parent BMG Rights Management last September in a deal reported to be worth $30m (?228m). Levine remains with BMG Chrysalis.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said: "We are thrilled that Bruno Mars- one of contemporary music's most creative and prolific songwriters - has joined the BMG roster. His decision to sign to with us reflects our commitment to make BMG a home for the best music talent in the world."

BMG North America executive vice president Richard Blackstone added: "In such a short time, Bruno Mars has created a tremendous footprint in the musical world. Whether he's writing for himself or others, he creates magic and there is simply no limit to where his talent can take him."

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