In the latest Beatles news, the late, great, George Harrison’s estate has penned an exclusive publishing agreement with The Bicycle Music Company to administer and oversee the late Beatles guitarist’s entire catalog.
Included in the deal are all of the Harrison songs that appeared on The Beatles’ final three studio albums, all of his solo material, and the songs he co-wrote for the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.
Included in the agreement are songs written by George’s son, Dhani Harrison, as well as compositions by sitar master Ravi Shankar. In addition, Bicycle will also oversee the scores of the films that Harrison wrote and produced plus the catalogue of George’s Dark Horse label, including bands, Attitudes, Splinter and The Stairsteps.
Talking about the deal, George’s widow, Olivia Harrison, said: “Dhani and I are happy to embark on this new partnership with Bicycle Music and we are excited that Bicycle is truly enthusiastic about such a wide variety of music.”
With this new deal, come new opportunities, and George Harrison’s estate is hoping that with Bicycle Music Company’s administration of the catalog it will also “bring new creative opportunities” for his music.
Keeping it in the Beatles family, Billboard magazine points out that Bicycle Music’s sister company, Concord Music Group, is also the company responsible for releasing the post-Beatles solo work of former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney.
Bicycle Music CEO Jake Wisely said, “I could never have imagined, growing up on the songs of George Harrison, that I would someday have the privilege and responsibility of caring for these enduring works…These songs are a music publisher’s dream.”