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Global music conglomerate, originally known as Bertelsmann Music Group. Currently known as BMG Rights Management.

How to use this profile: The BMG brand has been used for different roles throughout its history.

For releases with a label logo such as RCA, Arista, Ariola or other subsidiary labels/imprints of BMG, and where the BMG logo appears on back cover only (and not on media label), BMG should not be added as a Label to LCCN. Please instead add BMG as a Record Company in LCCN. Example: The Trinity Session

For releases with a label logo of BMG (e.g., appears on media and packaging), including releases where another label logo may appear on media and/or packaging, please add BMG as a Label to LCCN. Example: Wreckless Abandon Examples with two label logos: Main Offender Sólo Era Un Sueño

For releases where the BMG logo is subtitled with Bertelsmann Music Group or just Bertelsmann, please refer to Bertelsmann Music Group. Example: Dial Hard

For releases with a credit of "Distributed by the local BMG company," please add BMG as "Distributed By" to LCCN. Example: Teenage Head

Background/history: In 1985, Bertelsmann AG and RCA started a joint venture for their music divisions, RCA/Ariola Records. In 1986, Bertelsmann purchased all of the remainder of the joint venture's stock from General Electric and became the owner of both RCA and Arista in the process. The RCA, Arista and Ariola labels were united in 1987 as Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG).

On August 5, 2004, BMG merged with Sony Music, the resulting music company was named Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Bertelsmann sold off its stake in 2008, leading to the formation of BMG Rights Management.

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Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) was a division of a German media company Bertelsmann before its completion of sale of the majority of its assets to Sony Corporation of America on 1 October 2008. Although it was established in 1987, the music company was formed as RCA/Ariola International in 1985 as a joint venture to combine the music label activities of RCA's RCA Records division and Bertelsmann's Ariola Records and its associated labels which include Arista Records. It consisted of the BMG Music Publishing company, the world's third largest music publisher and the world's largest independent music publisher and (since August 2004) the 50% share of the joint venture with Sony Music, which established the German American Sony BMG from 2004 to 2008.