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George Harrison catalogue comes to Dark Horse Records/BMG

BMG has announced a new catalogue recordings agreement bringing the acclaimed solo recorded works of George Harrison to Dark Horse Records/BMG together with his music publishing catalogue for the first time ever, under one roof, solely at BMG.

In celebration of Harrison’s 80th birthday, Dark Horse/BMG have also released his entire catalogue in Dolby Atmos surround sound exclusively on Apple Music.

Harrison’s recorded catalogue features 12 studio albums of solo works including his debut Wonderwall Music (soundtrack to the film Wonderwall), the US and UK chart-topping critically acclaimed, 7x Platinum-certified triple album All Things Must Pass featuring singles My Sweet Lord, What Is Life, Isn’t It A Pity, All Things Must Pass; and the US Number One Living In The Material World featuring the Number One single Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), through the Platinum-certified Cloud Nine featuring his Number One charting cover of Got My Mind Set On You, to his final studio album Brainwashed featuring the Grammy award-winning Marwa Blues.

The catalogue also includes the live double album Live In Japan, featuring Eric Clapton; four compilations Let It Roll - Songs by George Harrison, Early Takes Vol 1, The Apple Years 1968-1975, and The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992.

In 2020, BMG announced it had entered into a multi-faceted global partnership with Dark Horse Records, which was founded by George Harrison in 1974 as a place for his solo work and a home for supporting other artists, and now led by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine.

Previously in 2022, BMG announced it had entered into a global publishing agreement with the George Harrison Estate to administer the Harrisongs catalogue comprising more than 200 songs written with the Beatles, the Traveling Wilburys and Harrison’s solo career.

We hope the fans join us on the deepest of dives into our archives as we continue to grow his legacy through our partnership with BMG. Dhani Harrison

The partnership expands on the relationship with Harrison’s legendary Dark Horse Records as the boutique music company with BMG serving as its global partner and infrastructure across recorded music, music publishing, and merchandise, while developing further areas of business.

Harrisongs Limited, the music publishing entity created by Harrison, contains his nearly two dozen songs written with the Beatles including the band’s most popular song on streaming services, Here Comes The Sun, as well as I Me Mine, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and the US Number One single Something, his songs from the two albums recorded by supergroup The Traveling Wilburys featuring End of the Line, Handle with Care, She’s My Baby, and Inside Out, as well as the 12 studio albums of solo works.

Dhani Harrison said, "22 years since his passing, for what would have been his 80th birthday, I am overjoyed to announce that we are bringing my father's music catalogue back home to Dark Horse Records, the company he started back in 1974. We look forward to releasing only the finest of packages and hope the fans join us on the deepest of dives into our archives as we continue to grow his legacy through our partnership with BMG, starting with the release of his entire back catalogue in Spatial Audio, for the first time, on Apple Music. We also will be using this opportunity to make all the custom limited vinyl that we can get away with. Happy 80th Dad!!! We love you always."

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch added, “This is a banner day for BMG, bringing together for the first time the song and recorded rights of one of the greatest musicians in popular music history under one roof. Only BMG can do this. We look forward to working with the George Harrison Estate and Dark Horse Records to promote George’s peerless music to generations old and new.”

Dark Horse and BMG’s partnership has expanded to include DH Merchandise, a one stop-shop offering creative design through fulfilment, including the launch of new merchandise stores for George Harrison, Joe Strummer, Johnny Ramone, and additional partnerships with Traveling Wilburys, Elizabeth Taylor, Leon Russell and Buddy Holly, as well as the introduction of the Dark Horse Sounds wellness music series.

While Dark Horse Records/BMG administers the music publishing of George Harrison, it will now also serve as his label home.