The Bicycle Music Company is a globally influential independent music publisher, record label and rights manager.  We are committed to innovative marketing, creative and administrative practices, promoting exceptional growth on behalf of our songwriters, recording artists and investor partners.

Bicycle-LogoWe are quick to identify opportunity in both hit songs and hidden gems, and provide personalized support to help songwriters and recording artists find greater success in a rapidly-changing music and media landscape.

The diversity of our catalog...spanning genres, territories and eras...builds an emotional connection with consumers of film, television, terrestrial and satellite radio, interactive games, recordings, downloads and streaming services: the full spectrum of traditional and modern digital media opportunity.

We are important enough to influence music users around the globe, but modest enough to provide thoughtful, personal attention to our songwriters, recording artists and clients.

Founded in 1974. Bigger and better than ever in 2015.

Apr 15

Ministry Wax Trax Box

Ministry Gets Waxed, Again! 

It was Ministry's 1981 single "Cold Life" that set the stage for Chicago to become an industrial music hot spot and local indie label Wax Trax! to become the preeminent Industrial label in the 1980's and 1990's.  On April 19, 2015 just in time for Record Store Day, Cleopatra Records will release a limited edition deluxe box set that encompasses the complete Wax Trax recordings by Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen. The collection- an early industrial music treasure trove- features material previously released on the Tweleve Inch Singles and Side Trax compilations, the out-of-print Black Box-Wax Trax! Records: The First 13 Years box set, as well as previously unreleased demos, remixes and long sought out With Sympathy era tracks like "I'll Do Anything".  Add to that, three expanded Revolting Cocks (Jourgensen's alter-ego) albums featuring Chris Connelly, a bonus 12 inch vinyl Ministry live LP from 1982,  assorted tracks by Pailhead, PTP, Acid Horse and other rarities and you've got the soundtrack to that time and place. 

Coinciding with release, LA's Lethal Amounts Gallery, will feature a photo exhibit entitled Without/Sympathy: The Visceral Journey of Al Jourgensen . The exhibit which opens on Friday April 17, 2015, focuses on images taken by photographer Brian Shanley and follows Jourgensen and his associates from 1980-1990.  Jourgensen and Stanley will attend on opening night along with Jello Biafra who will guest DJ the event. 

Apr 15

Bicycle Music Merges with Concord to form Concord Bicycle Music

The Bicycle Music Company is pleased to announce its merger with the Concord Music Group.  In addition, the newly merged company has acquired the renowned independent record labels, Vanguard and Sugar Hill from the Welk Music Group. With this merger and acquisition, The Bicycle Music Company, a leading independent music publisher, record label and rights manager and Concord Music Group, one of the largest independent music companies in the world, will now be known as Concord Bicycle Music to create a new indie powerhouse that will have an estimated $125 million in annual revenue, with a master recording portfolio of about 10,000 albums, and a music publishing catalog of about 60,000 songs. 

Albums now under the combined company include work from such artists as George Benson, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creed, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Evanescence,  Isaac Hayes, Kenny G, Carole King, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Steve Martin, Paul McCartney and Wings, Nine Inch Nails, the Offspring, Robert Plant, Otis Redding, Seether, Paul Simon, Social Distortion, the Staple Singers, James Taylor, George Thorogood, Tone Loc, and Esperanza Spalding. The Bicycle Music publishing songwriter roster and catalog includes Glen Ballard, Robert Johnson, Billy Holiday, Marvin Hamlisch, Trent Reznor, Cyndi Lauper and such iconic evergreen songs as "Always on My Mind", "Eye of the Tiger", "Guantanamera", "Hurt",  "Ironic", "Lady Sings the Blues", "Let Your Love Flow", "Man in the Mirror", "Slow Ride", "Stand By Your Man", "Time After Time", "Crossroads" and the songs from A Chorus Line.

The Vanguard and Sugar Hill acquisition adds albums from such artists as Merle Haggard, O.A.R., John Fogerty, Levon Helm, The Indigo Girls, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joseph Arthur, Lee Ann Womack, Marc Broussard, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Isaak, and Barenaked Ladies; and a catalog of albums from Buddy Guy, Mississippi John Hurt, John Hammond, the Weavers, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, James Cotton and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

Concord Bicycle Music also announces that it raised $100 million of additional capital to fund further growth through continued music rights acquisitions and artist development investments. These moves position this now fully integrated recorded music and publishing powerhouse as one of the fastest growing independent music companies in the world.

Mar 15

Billie Holiday Centennial and Apollo Walk Of Fame Honors

On Monday, April 6th, the Apollo Theatre will honor and celebrate the 100th birthday (April 7th) of Billie Holiday. The legendary artist and most esteemed vocalist of the 20th century will be inducted into the Apollo Walk of Fame, joining other legends honored by the theater, including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and its most recent inductee, Louis Armstrong. Recording artist Cassandra Wilson and Apollo president and CEO Jonelle Procope will present the legendary singer’s Walk of Fame plaque during the ceremony. Accepting the honor on behalf of The Estate Of Billie Holiday, which is managed by The Bicycle Music Company, will be one of its managing partners, Steven Salm. The Apollo played a major role in the emergence of jazz and is honoring that legacy, as well as continued innovations within the genre, by inducting Ms. Holiday into the Walk of Fame. Billie Holiday, born Eleanora Fagan, had a special relationship with the Apollo dating back to the theater’s founding year, 1934, and over the course of her career had perfomed at the iconic venue 23 times. On March 31, Legacy Recordings will also release "The Centennial Collection" -- a newly curated single disc anthology showcasing 20 of Billie Holiday’s finest recordings. Coinciding with the week of celebrations, on April 7th, Sony Legacy recording artist Cassandra Wilson will be releasing her own homage to Billie Holiday, entitled "Coming Forth By Day," followed by her Celebration of Billie Holiday Concert at the Apollo on April 10th.

Feb 15

Songwriters Hall Inducts Cyndi Lauper

For more than 30 years Cyndi Lauper has been a songwriter provocateur with musical achievements so pervasive that they have become entwined in the cultural landscape. Cyndi first found acclaim in 1983, co-writing a pair of iconic classics -"Time After Time" and "She Bop" - for her multi-platinum debut, She's So Unusual. Spring-boarding off this success, she co-wrote most of her follow-up platinum sophomore album, True Colors. As her craft evolved, so did her nuance for expressing social issues, notably on her albums Hat Full Of Stars and Sisters Of Avalon. Cyndi's spirited songwriting has sold more than 50 million albums and today her star shines brighter than ever, as the two time Grammy award winner has also been taken home Emmys, Tonys and Songwriters Hall Of Fame honors.

Feb 15

Leslie Gore: Rest In Peace

A sad goodbye to much loved pop singer-songwriter, actress, humanitarian and activist, Lesley Gore, who has passed away at the age of 68. Among a string of enormous hit songs in the 1960's, such as "It's My Party", Gore scored a #13 smash on the Billboard Hot 100 with the late Marvin Hamlisch's own first composed hit "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows". Originally released on Gore's 1963 album Gore Sings Of Mixed-Up Hearts, the Quincy Jones-produced, Claus Ogerman-arranged song came back as single in the summer of 1965 coinciding with its featured performance by Gore in the film Ski Party. The song's blissfully happy sound and lyrics exemplify the spirit that made Gore and her
voice synonymous with the era.

Feb 15

Dylan "Shadows In The Night" Debuts UK #1

Bob Dylan breathes new life, with a subtle, stripped-down approach, into Jack Wolf and Joel Herron's iconic standard "I'm A Fool To Want You". Immortalized by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Dinah Washington and dozens of others, it's the lead track on Dylan's new, critically-acclaimed covers album Shadows In The Night, which debuts at number one in the UK this week.

Feb 15

"This Is How We Do It" Still Doin' It At 20!

Today marks the twenty year anniversary of the release of Montell Jordan's evergreen smash hit "This Is How We Do It". The lead single from Montell's multi-platinum debut album of the same name was also hip-hop label Def Jam's first R&B release on February 6, 1995. The song peaked at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts, where it held steady for seven weeks and has since had several rebirths in various forms of media. With its positive chant and street-beat party swagger, the song gets better with every spin…

Sep 14

In Synch With Bicycle: Summer 2014

It's been a busy summer with Bicycle songs continuing to be featured in all forms of visual media. To name a few! TELEVISION: ABC: The Goldbergs, The Neighbors, Grey's Anatomy. FOX: Family Guy, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, X- Factor, Surviving Jack, America's Got Talent. CBS: The Good Wife, Elementary, Star- Crossed. CINEMAX: Banshee, A&E: Bates Motel, Big Smo. NBC: Parenthood, Parks And Recreation, The Voice, The Nightshift, The Sing Off. ABC FAMILY: Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Chasing Life. AMAZON: The Rebels. SHOWTIME: Shameless, Ray Donovan. HBO: The Leftovers, Game Of Thrones, The Normal Heart. CW: The Vampire Diaries. USA: Psych, Suits. SUNDANCE: The Red Road. THE GOLF CHANNEL: Network Promo. CNN: Chicagoland, The Sixties. NETFLIX: Orange Is The New Black. MTV: Catfish. ESPN: MLB & ESPYs.  FILM & TRAILERS: MARVEL/DISNEY: Guardians Of The Galaxy. 20th CENTURY FOX: X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Let's Be Cops. SONY PICTURES: About Last Night, 22 Jump Street, When The Game Stands Still, North Of Hell. FOCUS FEATURES: Wish I Was Here. LIONSGATE: Life Of Crime. UNIVERSAL PICTURES: Get On Up. RELATIVITY: Brick Mansions. ANCHOR BAY: Small Time. CBS FILMS: Pride. ADVERTISING: Chevy Malibu, Yoplait, Target, Nike, Fosters Beer (UK), Barry M (UK), TK Maxx (UK), Carl's Jr./Hardee's, Microsoft, Toyota Prius, Dodge, Au Wallet (Japan), Foster Farms, Bose, Nikon, Twitter, Virgin Trains (UK), Lycra (Brazil). VIDEO GAMES: Rocksmith.

Aug 14

Grizfolk Is In The House

The Bicycle Music Company is pleased to announce it has entered into a worldwide publishing agreement with emerging Virgin/Capitol recording artists Grizfolk. The cross-continental collective (Stockholm - Los Angeles) consists of multi-instrumentalist/producer-songwriters Adam Roth, Fredrik Eriksson, Sebastian Fritze, Bill Delia and Brendan Willing James, whose sound can be described as next-thing folktronic (electro-inflected folk-rock). The band's ultra-hooky organic pop songs touch on themes of haunting, dreamlike blue-collar romanticism from both the futurist and revivalist perspectives where tumbleweeds meet turntables. Having previously toured the globe with Bastille, the band are currently touring nationally with Wild Cub before they hit the road again with Bastille in the fall. Currently released is the band's popular "From The Spark" EP, as they finish work on a highly anticipated full album debut.

Jul 14

Seether Tops Charts & Breaks Records!

As the lead single "Words As Weapons" hits #1 with a bullet at active rock radio, Seether's new full length album, Isolate And Medicate, has a very strong first week debut at Billboard # 4, as well as their highest international charting activity since 2005's Karma And Effect. In addition, the band scored a Top 5 video debut for "Words As Weapons" at NoiseCreep. Meanwhile, Seether is hard at work on the road - currenty stateside - including headliner booking on the upcoming UPROAR Festival presented by Rockstar energy drink. On July 12-13, Seether will break the all-time record for most times co-hosting LA Lloyd's Rock 30, as that countdown show heads into its 15th year.  Seether's Isolate and Medicate is also featured on more high impact national media like Sixx Sense and a Pandora Radio album premiere.

New Releases

  • Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night

    February 3, 2015 (Columbia) Dylan uncovers and breathes new life into ten Sinatra classics: some of the greatest pop-jazz standards of the first half of the twentieth century, including the lead track "I'm A Fool To Want You" written by Jack Wolf, Joel Herron and Sinatra himself. Dylan's subtle, stripped down take recalls Billie Holiday's vulnerable treatment of the iconic song, which has been immortalized and largely associated with numerous other important artists such as Dinah Washington, Chet Baker, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey and Linda Ronstadt...among many others.
  • Kat Edmonson - The Big Picture

    September 30, 2014 (Sony Masterworks) The Texas to Brooklyn transplant brings her oddly beautiful sultry voice and unique blend of breezily evocative, jazz fused, cinematic pop-noir to the grooves of her first major label release with the help of Grammy award winning producer-extraordinaire Mitchell Froom and frequent songwriter/collaborator Miles Zuniga (Fastball, Spoon, Dandy Warhols), in songs such as the surreal and dreamy "Avion" and a sombre yet riveting cover of Zuniga's own "You Can't Break My Heart".
  • Motionless In White - Reincarnate

    September 16, 2014 (Fearless) Produced and co-written largely by Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson, KMFDM), MIW's third album, Reincarnate, has a huge first week debut as #1 Rock Album and #9 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. A dark cohesion of sonically diverse, pulse-pounding, no holds barred, EDM laced industrial-metal, makes this follow up to their 2012 Skold produced Infamous, the compelling goth-metal soundtrack MIW fans have been anticipating. Key tracks include "Final Dictvm", "Comtemptress", "Wasp" and a bonus acoustic version of "Sinematic" (first released electrically on Infamous).
  • Wish I Was Here - OST

    July 15, 2014 (Columbia Records)  The soundtrack to Zach Braff's much anticipated follow-up to his indie outbreak hit Garden State features music hand-picked by Braff, including Radical Face's indie-folk heartstring puller "The Mute".  Previously released on Radical Face's album The Family Tree: The Branches, the song is In the company of new songs by other indie-sensations Bon Ivar, Hozier, Cat Power, The Shins and Coldplay. It's also featured nicely in the film as well as being an integral part of the film's marketing campaign, in the theatrical trailer and related press. Coinciding with the film release, Radical Face has unveiled a new music video for the "The Mute" which recently premiered on USA Today.
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