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OMD sign worldwide masters deal with BMG

RHIAN JONES
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Synth-pop outfit Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) have signed a worldwide deal with BMG to release their next studio album.

The new album will follow on from their 2010 self-released History Of Modern, which marked the comeback of their original line-up and went on to sell over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Subject to EC approval, BMG will now also acquire much of OMD's publishing catalogue, including hits like Enola Gay and Joan Of Arc, as part of its proposed purchase of the Virgin Music Publishing catalogue.

Dominique Kulling, VP of New Recordings at BMG, said, “OMD typify the kind of independent-minded artists we like to work with, combining real creativity with contemporary business-savvy.

“The fact that they know how to release an album successfully themselves yet have signed to BMG for their next record is an honor and a vindication of our model.”

The BMG masters model offers a partnership-based approach to releasing records in which artist and company jointly agree every aspect of a release including budget, and artists potentially earn far more than is possible under a traditional record deal.

OMD manager Mirelle Davis said, “OMD are an independent-spirited band, and we were attracted to the BMG model because it allows us to continue with the independent relationships we have built, particularly in the UK.

“Having worked together with BMG on History Of Modern, we know them and like them and this is the perfect next step. BMG are giving artists a new alternative and we are all very excited moving forward with the new album.”

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