Bootsy Collins signs global deal with EMI Music Publishing

MUMBAI: Legendary bassist, singer and songwriter Bootsy Collins has signed a long-term administration agreement with EMI Music Publishing.

The extensive funk and R&B song catalog of the Cincinnati-based musician, who was inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, will now be represented and marketed by EMI Music Publishing on a worldwide basis. Bootsy joins a roster of hit-making songwriters that includes Beyoncé, James Blunt, Duffy, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Pink, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Amy Winehouse.

Collins said, "It’s time, 2009, time to go back to the strong brew, that’s one of a kind, the only music publishing institution that’s as strong as moonshine, and smooth like vintage wine. If this is what it takes then I have committed the crime, yeah I signed, and we gone blow the music world’s funkin’ mind. All it took was Big Jon at EMI, to say we want the funk, because we ain’t shy, we ain’t fakin’ and we ain’t ashamed. This is our chance to dance and raise the bar for the rest of these muthas that’s fakin’ in the game. I am so glad and happy EMI chose me, we got a black President and now you got the Pee!"

EMI Music Publishing president of West Coast Creative Big Jon Platt comments, "To work with Bootsy is something music publishers dream of. His work, whether with his own bands or with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, continues to inspire and impact music in exciting and powerful ways. We are honored to help make sure the force and influence of Bootsy’s music remains in the forefront of music culture."