Sanctuary Records Sold To BMG

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It’s true!

Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group has sold Sanctuary Records — onetime label home to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Megadeth — to BMG Rights Management as part of disposals required by regulators.

The Sanctuary label was reportedly sold for $62 million in a deal that was among the asset sales asked for by European regulators after Universal Music’s acquisition of EMI Group and is the second label bought by BMG Rights among those on offer.

In other words, it was a big-ass business deal.

BMG Rights, controlled by KKR & Co, is a Berlin-based management and rights company expanding into recorded music.

“We are delighted to have won the opportunity to work with the exceptional lineup of artists in the Sanctuary catalogue,” BMG chief executive Hartwig Masuch said in a statement.

“We have made no secret of our ambition to create a new force in the music industry focused on delivering service and revenue to artists. We believe this deal will be good news for those artists, good news for our partners particularly in the independent sector and good news for the music industry as a whole.”

I can’t remember the last time I bought a Sanctuary Record. How the hell that label was worth $62 million is beyond me.

Right, the back catalogue must be worth a shit-ton. I forgot.

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