CATALOG INCLUDES SUCH ROCK â€˜Nâ€™ ROLL & BLUES CLASSICS AS JOHNNY BE GOOD, WHO DO YOU LOVE, SUSIE-Q, SURFINâ€™ USA & ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 7, 2009 â€“ Opus 19 Music, LLC, an AECG company, will exclusively represent ARC Music, the iconic music publisher of some of the best known and revered blues and rock songs of the past fifty years, it was announced today by Alan Ett, CEO of AECG. The announcement follows the acquisition of the ARC Music catalog by Fuji Entertainment America (“FEA”), a subsidiary of Fuji Media Holdings.
Opus 19 Music, the music publishing arm of AECG, handles all of the administration, collection and exploitation efforts on behalf of all of the FEA catalogs outside Japan and Southeast Asia and is expanding its activities representing traditional commercial music publishing and master catalogs, artists and songwriters.
Following the sale, ARC Music CEO Marshall Chess said, â€œAs my familyâ€™s history is so attached to the ARC catalogue, I have waited many years for the right buyer to make the right offer. I feel that the catalogue is in the right hands and I am confident that our great songs will have a strong and vibrant futureâ€?.
â€œIt is a great honor for Opus 19 to be responsible for stewarding what is truly one of the worldâ€™s greatest music catalogs,â€? says Alan Ett, CEO of AECG, Opus 19’s parent company. â€œWe are all excited about this incredible opportunity to utilize our expertise and creativity in realizing the enormous potential of this seminal collection. It will be the cornerstone of our increased worldwide music publishing initiatives.â€?
Evan Medow, President of Opus 19, who was instrumental in putting the deal together on behalf of FEA added, “I have been chasing ARC for a long time and I am glad we finally caught them. The songs are amazing and it is an authentic slice of American musical history that we are honored to bring into our family.â€?
Internationally recognized as a cornerstone of American Blues and Rock â€™nâ€™ Roll, ARC publishes the works of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlinâ€™ Wolf, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson, and many other legendary writers whose songs have inspired generations of new artists.
The list of the artists who have recorded songs from the ARC catalogue reads like a Hall of Fame roster of contemporary music. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, The Band, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Duran Duran, Santana, David Bowie, Willie Nelson & Dolly Parton, Sting, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Grateful Dead, Natalie Cole, The New York Dolls, Emmy Lou Harris, Otis Redding, Credence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin and Tom Jones are but a few of the hundreds of major worldwide artists that have recorded ARC songs.
ARC compositions have also been featured in numerous motion pictures, commercials and television shows, and include such notable titles as: Who Do You Love, Boom Boom, At the Hop, No Particular Place to Go, Duke of Earl, I’m a Man, I’d Rather Go Blind, One Way Out, Surfin’ USA, Susie Q, Good Morning Little School Girl, See You Later Alligator, Bo Diddley, Johnny Be Good, Smokestack Lightning and Baby What You Want Me To Do? In 2008, five Grammy-Nominated albums featured songs from the ARC catalog and its songs served as the core of the film Cadillac Records about Chicago’s Chess Records.
FEA also recently acquired Six Palms Music and Third Story Music, which are also represented by Opus 19, containing classic compositions by Tom Waits (Ol â€™55, Tom Traubertâ€™s Blues, I Hope that I Donâ€™t Fall in Love With You), Alice Cooper (Schoolâ€™s Out and Eighteen), Fred Neil (Everybodyâ€™s Talkinâ€™) as well as Hey Joe (as recorded by Jimi Hendrix and countless others) and 1800 other copyrights.
AECG is a community of companies founded in 1991 by Alan Ett, focused on building deep and long lasting relationships in the music and production communities by providing a wide range of services and products. AECG is comprised of Opus 1 Music Library (
), one of the fastest growing music library companies in the world which distributes its own products internationally and is the exclusive US distributor for fourteen of the premier European music library labels; The Artist Series, which represents a stable of emerging bands and artists; The Music Collective (
), a music production, clearance and administration company; Opus 19 Music, a commercial music publishing arm; Media City Sound (MCS) (
), a full service audio post production facility; Newdance (
), a dynamic new division of AECG that focuses on developing creative concepts for strategic partnerships that unite brands and broadcasters with proprietary intellectual property; and Creative Production Group (
), a media production company. Last year, AECG expanded its activities in worldwide entertainment by creating a partnership with Fuji Media Holdings through its U.S. subsidiary, FEA. Through this partnership, the Japanese media conglomerate has re-established its North American music footprint, following the companyâ€™s 2007 sale of Windswept Holdings LLC.