Rolf Budde Musikverlag
Over the last 60 years, Budde has become one of the most successful independent publishers in Europe. It is distinguished by brilliant administration, superb licensing combined with a young and active A&R team.
Rolf Budde Musikverlage was founded in 1947 by Rolf Budde Senior and quickly became one of the most important music publishing forces in Germany. In the 50s, Budde focused on German schlager music, with some titles becoming international hits through cover versions, such as Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer and Summerwind. The focus in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s was on mainstream Pop and R&B, particularly with the Barry White catalogue as well as the Sugar Hill catalogue and its wonderful repertoire of the Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash & The Furios Five, Tina Turner, Candi Staton and many more. During these years Budde also represented larger catalogues like Warner Bros. (songs by George Gershwin, Bob Dylan, Eagles, Led Zeppelin), Dick James (The Beatles, Elton John) and artists like Meat Loaf, Leonard Cohen and Bob Marley.
After the death of the founder in 1975, older son Andreas took over, joined by his younger brother Rolf Jr. in 1984. From the end of 2003 until his untimely death in early 2007 Andreas Budde ran the two US companies BUDDE MUSIC INC. and BUDDE SONGS INC. while Rolf Budde was in charge of the European companies Rolf Budde Musikverlage, Flora Musikverlag GmbH (Switzerland) and Budde Music France. Rolf Budde now maintains Budde’s proud tradition combining accurate accounting and personal dedication with the support of its international network.
Budde has had tremendous international success with the productions of the band Alphaville who are still very successful with worldwide hits like Big In Japan, Forever Young and others. The song Din Daa Daa, composed by George Kranz in 1986, was used in a worldwide Microsoft advertising campaign for the Xbox360 console in 2005/2006 and sold more than one million units in the United States with the cover version Shake by the Yin Yang Twins.
Budde Music France
In 1989, Budde purchased the well-known French publishing company Editions Musicales Claude Pascal (now Budde Music France) and built an outstanding reputation as an expert in the administration of big film score catalogues. Among others Budde Music France sub-publishes catalogues such as Wons Music (Mark Snow), Rolf Budde Musikverlag, Budde Songs, Budde Music Inc., Chelsea Music, Valentine Music, Derry Music, Chandos Music, Gabriel Earl Music (Joan Baez), Alphaville Songs, Screensongs LTD, Budde Music Inc, Golden Withers, Port Music, OMS, Bavaria Sonor, Sugar Hill Music, Bleunig Music, Wirrick Music, Musik Production, RTI/Mediaset, Enterprises Sonor, Fredrick Hollaender, Minder Music, Published By Patrick, IQ Music, Rockin’ Music, Bert Russell Music, Wirrick Music, Sequins At Noon, Diamonds Music, Perfect Songs/ZTT, Studio 100 Média, Strengholt Music Group…
Budde Music France also own famous French language copyrights such as: Mamy Blue, Un Jour Un Enfant, D’Amour ou d’Amitié, Mon Ami m’a quittée, New World In The Morning, Téléphone-Moi, Tzeinerlin, Chanson pour Anna…
Since 2002, the company administers Curci France, french division of Edizioni Musicale Curci Italia, one of the most important Italian publishers. Representative works of this catalogue are performed by native French and Italian pop stars: Joe Dassin – « L’été indien », « Ca va pas changer le monde », « Et si tu n’existais pas »…-, Dalida – « Paroles, paroles », « Laissez moi danser », Hervé Villard – « Méditerranéenne », « Nous », Toto Cutugno, Astor Piazzolla – « Libertango »…
Budde always focuses on new talented writers and producers, as well as on interesting new labels that are looking for a serious and experienced partner for their publishing.
Since January 2010, Budde Music France is managed by Jean-Raphaël Marininchi.