BMG Gets Skint And Loaded

Bertelsmann’s music group has bought Skint Records and Loaded Records, which includes Fatboy Slim’s multimillion-selling catalogue. 

There’s no word on how much BMG has paid for the catalogues of the likes of Lo Fidelity Allstars and Bentley Rhythm Ace.

The catalogues amount to some 2,500 tracks that have between them generated sales of more than 10 million albums and 15 million singles.

It includes the worldwide rights excluding North America to five Fatboy Slim albums including the platinum You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.

The Skint catalogue also includes hits from the likes of Xpress and Freemasons.

BMG Chrysalis UK vice president Alexi Cory-Smith described Skint and Loaded as being “among the most influential and successful UK independent labels.”

The acquisition of Skint and Loaded further strengthens BMG’s position in the dance and EDM genres.

In January 2013 it acquired the master rights catalogue of U.S. label Strictly Rhythm including rights to Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It,” Ultra Naté’s “Free”, and Josh Wink’s “Higher State Of Consciousness.”

In February BMG acquired Talpa Music, the Benelux-based music publisher with rights to songs by the likes of AfrojackFedde Le Grand, and Giorgio Tuinfort.