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Founded in 1974. Bigger and better than ever in 2015.
The Bicycle Music Company mourns the loss of one of the greatest songwriters of the past fifty years. The beloved Wayne Carson passed away today at the age of 72, leaving behind a career and legacy that spanned several decades and musical genres (Country, Rock, R&B, Pop), as a hit songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. With a portfolio of hit songs that includes the ever-iconic “Always On My Mind” (Elvis Presley, The Pet Shop Boys, Willie Nelson) and “The Letter” (The Box Tops, Joe Cocker), Carson was a two time Grammy Award winner in addition to earning CMA, ACM, NSAI awards and being a member of The Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. Carson’s songwriting credits also include classics recorded by the likes Perry Como, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, B.J. Thomas, Leon Russell, Gary Stewart, Tina Turner, Brenda Lee, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Dan Auerbach and multiple hits by 1960’s pop group The Box Tops. Carson’s songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows, most recently the use of “The Letter” as recorded by the Box Tops in the Universal Pictures blockbuster animated feature Minions.
Carson is survived by his wife and son.
Following up on their successful 2014 EP From The Spark and tours with Bastille, RAC and Small Pools, Grizfolk have been blazing trails at a feverish pace. Today the Los Angeles-Stockholm based alt-rockers release their bass heavy and mischievous first single, “Troublemaker”, for a preview of what’s to come on their debut full length album which will release later this year.
Bicycle congratulates Ms. Lauper on her induction to the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame. The ceremony was held at New York's Marriott Marquis where, in tribute to Cyndi, Carly Rae Jepson performed a heartfelt rendition of Cyndi's evergreen smash hit "Time After Time" followed by the honoree's own theatrically glitter-filled performance of her song "Hatful Of Stars". Other inductees, presenters and performances included Van Morrison, Lady Gaga, Linda Perry, Tony Bennett, Toby Keith, Stephen Colbert, Willie Dixon and Robert Hunter on behalf of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.
In addition it has just been announced that Ms. Lauper's name will be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame which will be graced with her star in 2016.
It was 20 years ago today! Produced and co-written by Glen Ballard, Alanis Morissette's groundbreaking, multi platinum 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill, has sold more than 33 million copies worldwide. This phenomenally successful album stayed in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 for over one year and remains the #3 best-selling album in history as well as the best-selling solo album and best-selling debut album of all time. Jagged Little Pill produced four Billboard top 10 hit singles: "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "Hand In My Pocket" and "You Learn". Honored as Billboard's "Top Pop Album of the 90s," Jagged Little Pill earned three Grammys: Best Rock Song ("You Oughta Know"), Best Rock Album and the coveted Album Of The Year. Ballard was also nominated for Producer of the Year. Along with Radiohead's OK Computer and Nirvana's Nevermind, Jagged Little Pill is widely acknowledged as one the three most important albums of the 1990’s alongside Nirvana’s Nevermind and Radiohead's OK Computer.
The Bicycle Music Company is pleased to announce that it has extended its worldwide publishing agreement with the prince of darkness, Marilyn Manson, to include the songs on Manson’s critically hailed 2015 album, THE PALE EMPEROR (Hell, etc./Loma Vista/Concord).
Released in January of this year, THE PALE EMPEROR, debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart and was met with acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Details, Revolver and The Fader to name a few. The album also scored a #1 debut in Switzerland and broke into the Top 10 in Germany, Austria, France, and Canada among many others. THE PALE EMPEROR’s first two singles “Deep Six” and “Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” continue to garner immense airplay here and around the world.
The Los Angeles Times called THE PALE EMPEROR “one of the best hard rock albums of the year,” summarizing it as “a brooding, darkly funny vamp in the spirit of his heroes Nick Cave, Bauhaus and David Bowie.” And Rolling Stone exclaimed, “Manson hones his dark magic for his best, most twisted alt-rock party in years.”
Bicycle Music has also signed Manson’s collaborator, uber film and TV composer, Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, 300), to a worldwide publishing agreement for his contribution to THE PALE EMPEROR.
Bicycle Music now represents worldwide publishing rights in six Marilyn Manson albums, including…
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000), The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003), Eat Me, Drink Me (2007), The High End of Low (2009), Born Villain (2012), THE PALE EMPEROR (2015)
Alongside Marilyn Manson, Bicycle Music represents some of the most important works in alternative and industrial music, including those of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry.
The Bicycle Music Company is pleased to announce it has signed a worldwide publishing administration agreement with artist/songwriter/producer Kennedy p.k.a. Jack "Kennedy" Herkel. With his knack for quirky, catchy, fun lyrical hooks and throwback grooves, Kennedy the artist's songs can be heard in a wide range of visual media including advertising campaigns for such brands as Samsung, Virgin Mobile, Dollar Shave Club, Hershey's, McDonald's and PlayStation, as well as being featured in theatrical films like Get Him To he Greek, Napoleon Dynamite, Nick And Nora's Infinite Playlist and dozens of TV shows. Kennedy also developed, produced and fronted UK band Nightbus (Island Records UK /S-Curve Records US), in addition to discovering alt-rock sensation BØRNS(Interscope Records) for whom he produced and co-wrote the groovy, current globally buzzing single "10,000 Emerald Pools".
Congrats to Bicycle writer/producer Mario Marchetti on his award for his co-penned smash, Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights", at the 63rd Annual BMI Pop Awards. Initially released on Lovato's 2013 album entitled Demi and as a single soon after Lovato announced her Neon Lights Tour, the song went on to top the US dance charts, while reaching number 7 at Mainstream Top 40 Radio, number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately being certified Platinum in the U.S. In addition, the video for "Neon Lights" earned a Vevo Certified Award for having amassed over 100 million views.
April 16th, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the monumental stage musical A Chorus Line and its first performance at The Public Theater in NYC. Shortly after its off-Broadway run, the show opened on-Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in July of 1975, where it became an unprecedented box office and critical hit, winning nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and since becoming one of the longest running Broadway productions in history. At the helm of, and forever immortalized by the original iconic production were its creators: legendary composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, lyricist Edward Kleban and book writers James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.
To pay tribute and honor this special anniversary, the cast of the current Public Theater hit, Lin-Manuel’s game changing musical Hamilton, took the stage, formed a line and sang Hamlisch and Kleban’s anthem “What I Did For Love”. The once in a lifetime event was a highly emotional experience for all who attended including all of the surviving alumni and cast members of the original A Chorus Line; among them, singer-actress Priscilla Lopez, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and attorney John Breglio, who has helped preserve the legacy of the show. Following the performance of "A Chorus Line" actors were invited up on stage and presented with a plaque that will hang in the Ford Foundation Lobby of the Public Theater. It was an unforgettable night of singing, tears and champagne.
To cap off the festivities, Cynthia López, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, presented a proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio, establishing April 16, 2015 at A Chorus Line Day in New York.
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.
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.
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.