Published: 3/7/2017

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Firma SESAC el Catálogo de Canciones de R.E.M.
Clásicos del rock alternativo como ‘‘Losing My Religion’ y ‘Shiny Happy People’ son ahora representados por la organización de derechos de autor más progresiva de la nación

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SESAC, la más progresiva y única organización multi-derechos de autor del país, anuncia que ha firmado la representación de los derechos de interpretación en Estados Unidos de todo el catálogo de R.E.M., banda de rock alternativo incorporada al Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll a quien se acredita el rango de pionera dentro de dicho género. El catálogo incluye los exitosos sencillos “Losing My Religion”, “Everybody Hurts”, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”, “Shiny Happy People”, “The One That I Love” y muchos más.
 
R.E.M., que grabó 15 álbumes y recorrió el mundo durante sus 31 años de trayectoria como banda, ganó varios GRAMMY y vendió más de 85 millones de copias de sus álbumes de estudio en todo el mundo, convirtiéndose en una de las propuestas musicales más vendedoras de todos los tiempos. 
 
Los miembros de R.E.M. Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills y Michael Stipe también firmaron con SESAC para la representación de sus derechos de interpretación en Estados Unidos. 
 
"Nos sentimos orgullosos de representar las canciones de una banda que, sin lugar a dudas, cambió la música rock para siempre", dijo John Josephson, presidente y CEO de SESAC Holdings, Inc. "Junto con la representación del valioso y siempre vigente catálogo de R.E.M., también damos la bienvenida a Michael, Peter, Mike y Bill a la familia SESAC".  
 
La carrera de R.E.M. hasta convertirse en una de las bandas de rock más renombradas de su generación comenzó en abril de 1980, cuando se presentó en el edificio vacío de una iglesia para la fiesta de cumpleaños de un amigo en Atenas, Georgia. Tres años más tarde, con el apoyo de la radio universitaria, R.E.M. ya estaba lanzando álbumes y realizando constantes giras. Su fama, hasta entonces ‘underground’, se extiende al mercado general en 1988 con su éxito "The One That I Love". El año siguiente, la banda firmó contrato discográfico con Warner Bros. Rápidamente comenzó a presentarse en grandes arenas alrededor del mundo, lo que también dio a sus miembros una plataforma como defensores de una serie de causas políticas, sociales y ambientales, posición que han mantenido durante toda su carrera artística.  
 
A comienzos de los años 90, el género conocido como rock alternativo ganaba popularidad. Junto a otros grupos de rock alternativo como U2, Nirvana y Pavement, R.E.M. fue considerado como pionero del nuevo género. En 1991 y 1992, R.E.M. alcanzó el estrellato internacional con el lanzamiento de sus álbumes comercialmente más exitosos, Out of Time y Automatic for the People, respectivamente. De estos dos álbumes se cortaron numerosos sencillos, entre ellos "Losing My Religion", "Shiny Happy People" y "Everybody Hurts". 
 
El 2007, en su primer año de elegibilidad, R.E.M. fue incorporado al Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll. 
 
La afiliación de R.E.M. es la más reciente de una serie de prominentes incorporaciones al elenco de SESAC, incluyendo a Rosanne Cash, Kings of Leon, Randy Newman, Axl Rose, Zac Brown, Green Day, Kesha, George Clinton, Kevin Cronin de REO Speedwagon y Rick Nielsen de Cheap Trick.  

 

SESAC Signs R.E.M. Song Catalog
Alt Rock Classics ‘Losing My Religion,’ ‘Shiny Happy People’ Among Music Now Represented by the Nation’s Most Progressive PRO

 

SESAC, the nation’s most progressive PRO and the only Music Rights Organization in the country, announces that it has signed for performing rights representation in the United States the entire catalog of R.E.M., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alternative rock band credited with pioneering the genre. The catalog includes the hit singles “Losing My Religion,” Everybody Hurts,” “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” “Shiny Happy People,” “The One That I Love,” and more.

R.E.M., which recorded 15 albums and toured the world during its 31-year tenure as a band, won multiple GRAMMYs and sold more than 85 million copies of studio albums worldwide, making it one of the best-selling acts of all times.

R.E.M. band members Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe also have signed with SESAC for performing rights representation in the United States.
“We are proud to represent the songs of a band that, without question, changed rock music forever,” said John Josephson, chairman and CEO, SESAC Holdings, Inc. “Along with representing the rich, timeless R.E.M. catalog, we also welcome Michael, Peter, Mike and Bill to the SESAC family.”

R.E.M.’s journey to becoming one of the most renowned American rock bands of its generation began in April 1980, when the group performed in a vacant church building for a friend’s birthday party in Athens, Georgia. Three years later, with the support of college radio, R.E.M. was releasing albums and touring steadily. Its underground fame reached mainstream in 1988 with the hit single “The One That I Love.” The next year, the band signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Soon, the band was playing large arenas worldwide, which also gave the musicians a platform as advocates for a number of political, social and environmental concerns, roles that they have maintained throughout their careers.

By the early 1990s, the genre known as alternative rock was gaining popularity. Alongside fellow alt rock groups such as U2, Nirvana and Pavement, R.E.M. was widely regarded as pioneers of the new genre. In 1991 and 1992, R.E.M. achieved international stardom with the release of its most commercially successful albums, Out of Time and Automatic for the People, respectively. These two albums yielded numerous chart-topping singles, including “Losing My Religion,” “Shiny Happy People” and “Everybody Hurts.”

In 2007, in its first year of eligibility, R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

The affiliation of R.E.M. is the latest in a string of prominent signings to SESAC's roster, which include Rosanne Cash, Kings of Leon, Randy Newman, Axl Rose, Zac Brown, Green Day, Kesha, George Clinton, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

About SESAC Holdings, Inc.:
SESAC Holdings is the only U.S.-based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical and other rights. SESAC Holdings is unique in its ability to offer singular licenses for the works of its affiliated writers and publishers that aggregate both performance and mechanical rights in order to drive greater efficiency in licensing for music users, as well as enhanced value for music creators and publishers. Its businesses operate on a sophisticated information technology and data platform to provide timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution.

SESAC Holdings’ subsidiaries are some of the most well-known companies in music licensing and administration. SESAC Performing Rights is the second oldest and most progressive performing rights organization in the U.S.  SESAC Holdings’ acquisition of the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) accelerated its transition to a “multi-rights” organization with HFA’s deep publisher relations and mechanical licensing history. Following the HFA acquisition, SESAC's Rumblefish subsidiary was merged with HFA's Slingshot business unit under the Rumblefish brand. Rumblefish simplifies business for digital services, publishers, labels, artists and apps. Rumblefish's transparent composition and recording administration, data and royalty management, licensing and network monetization allow clients to focus on their core business. Rights. Simplified. Royalties. Amplified.

SESAC Holdings has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, San Francisco, London and Munich.

 

 






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