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Mojo Music & Media Acquires Emerald Forest Catalog, Adds Ritchie Blackmore To Growing Roster

December 9, 2019

NEW YORK (December 6, 2019) — Mojo Music & Media, the global independent publishing and legacy marketing company, has acquired the assets of Emerald Forest Entertainment. The deal includes the complete 90s catalogs of shock rockers Marilyn Manson and singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, as well as key hits by R&B group Brownstone, rocker Lita Ford and Sweden’s Electric Boys, among others.

Established in the late 80s by Marla McNally-Phillips and Linda Blum-Huntington, Emerald Forest played an important role in identifying and promoting groundbreaking artists through the 90s and 00s. Their work with Marilyn Manson spanned the band’s first six albums including breakout tracks “The Beautiful People,” “The Dope Show,” “Rock Is Dead,” “Tourniquet” and “Disposable Teens” and saw them emerge as a potent force on the rock scene throughout the decade. Sophie B Hawkins, who released two acclaimed albums, Tongues And Tails and Whaler, is best known for her 1992 debut hit “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” along with Top 10 single “As I Lay Me Down” and “Right Beside You.” West Coast female R&B group Brownstone’s hits include their mid-90’s Top 10 debut “If You Love Me” and “Grapevyne,” both of which are still staples on soul-centric radio stations and playlists. Former Runaway Lita Ford contributed the fiery Mike Chapman-produced album Stiletto which featured her 1998 rock hit “Hungry” and the funk-metal Electric Boys swept Europe and then the US with their 1990 debut album and its single “All Lips N Hips.” Other charted hits in the diverse catalog include Matraca Berg’s “Back In The Saddle,” The Mavericks “I Should Have Been True” and “Cole’s Song,” the end title song from Mr. Holland’s Opus.

Separately, Mojo has concluded a global administration deal with legendary writer/artist Ritchie Blackmore, considered one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time. The deal includes works from all three of the bands Blackmore co-founded: Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night.  Deep Purple, hailed as pioneers of both hard rock and heavy metal, were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016.  Mojo’s Deep Purple rights extend from the band’s acclaimed mid-80s release, Perfect Strangers, onward and include such rock hits as “Knocking At Your Back Door,” “Call Of The Wild” and “King Of Dreams.” Also included is Ritchie’s entire contribution to Rainbow, a hard rock band with an evolving sound and line-up that sold 38 million records, featuring such Ronnie James Dio-era tracks as “Stargazer,” “A Light In The Black” and “Long Live Rock And Roll,” Graham Bonnet-era “All Night Long” and “No Time To Lose” and Joe Lynn Turner-era “Jealous Lover,” “Stone Cold,” “Power” and “Street Of Dreams.” And finally, included are the collected works of Blackmore’s Night, Blackmore and Candice Night’s singular hybrid of medieval, folk and rock music. Over the last 20 years, the duo has co-written and produced 13 albums, built a devoted fan base and continue to tour extensively throughout the US and Europe.

According to Fried, “We’re honored to be caretaking the great Emerald Forest catalog, a collection of some of the most memorable songs from the 90s and 00s. Mojo’s are at our best when we get to collaborate with true game changers and there’s no doubt both Marilyn Manson and Ritchie Blackmore are exactly that. We’re already well along on plans to re-mix and reimagine these artists’ deep catalogs and drive new fans via covers, samples, syncs and pop-up projects on social and digital media.”