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David Bowie property sells songwriting catalogue to Warner Music

David Bowie property sells songwriting catalogue to Warner Music

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – Late British rock star David Bowie’s property has bought his total songwriting catalogue to Warner Music, together with classics like Area Oddity (1969), Let’s Dance (1983) and Heroes (1977), within the newest blockbuster deal for music rights.

Warner’s music publishing division, Warner Chappell, introduced the settlement on Monday (Jan 3), saying that it encompassed Bowie’s total corpus as a songwriter, from the fabric on his 1967 debut album, David Bowie, to his ultimate album, Blackstar, launched simply earlier than his loss of life in January 2016 at age 69.

The deal, for greater than 400 songs, additionally consists of soundtrack music; the fabric for Bowie’s short-lived band Tin Machine from the late Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties; and different works.

The value of the transaction was not disclosed, however is estimated at US$250 million (S$339 million).

“These will not be solely extraordinary songs, however milestones which have modified the course of recent music without end,” Mr Man Moot, the chief government of Warner Chappell, stated in an announcement.

Warner’s deal, signed late final month, is the most recent in a sequence of giant transactions for music rights, pushed by the rising worth of music within the streaming age and rising Wall Road curiosity in music as an “different funding”.

Final month, American rock legend Bruce Springsteen bought his work as each a songwriter and recording artiste to Sony Music for about US$550 million.

The copyrights for recorded music are separate from these for songwriting, which cowl the lyrics and melodies underlying any efficiency or recording of music.

During the last 12 months or so, different main gross sales have included the work of singers Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tina Turner and Shakira in addition to bands Motley Crue and ZZ Prime.

Warner’s deal for Bowie’s songwriting rights means will probably be the house for practically all the star’s music.

In September, the corporate introduced one other settlement with the Bowie property giving Warner the rights to launch all of Bowie’s recordings since 1968 – though that deal didn’t embody Bowie’s debut, which stays managed by Common Music.

In October, the Bowie property launched Bowie 75, a “retail expertise” tied to what would have been his seventy fifth birthday in January, with pop-up places in New York and London that includes immersive audiovisual exhibitions together with clothes, music and different memorabilia on the market. They may stay open till late January.

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