David Bowie’s estate sells singer’s entire editorial catalog


04 Jan 2022 21:26 STI

Washington [US], Jan. 4 (ANI): The estate of late British singer-songwriter David Bowie has sold the musician’s entire publishing catalog to Warner Chappell Music.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, as part of the deal, WCM acquired the worldwide music publishing rights to hundreds of songs during Bowie’s six-decade career, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Life on Mars? ‘,’ Ziggy Stardust ‘,’ Starman ‘,’ Rebel Rebel ‘,’ Fame ‘,’ Young Americans’, ‘Golden Years’,’ Heroes’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’,’ Modern Love ‘,’ Let’s Dance ‘, ‘Where Are We Now?’ and ‘Lazarus’.
The deal includes songs from all 26 studio albums released during Bowie’s lifetime in addition to the posthumous studio album Toy, which will be released on Friday.
The deal also includes Tin Machine’s two studio albums, as well as songs released as singles from soundtracks and other projects.
Warner Chappell declined to comment on the financial terms of the deal, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the deal was worth around $ 250 million.

“All of us at Warner Chappell are extremely proud that the David Bowie Estate has chosen us to be the custodians of one of the most groundbreaking, influential and enduring catalogs in music history,” Guy said. Moot, WCM Co-Chairman and CEO.
This agreement with WCM follows the announcement last year of a career-long global agreement between Warner Music Group and the Bowie Estate through which Warner Music has licensed the worldwide rights to the music catalog. Bowie’s recorded work from 1968. With this new arrangement with Warner Chappell, WMG now houses all of Bowie’s work as a songwriter and recording artist.
WCM Co-President and COO Carianne Marshall said, “This fantastic pact with the David Bowie estate opens up a world of opportunity to take his amazing music to dynamic new places. It’s not just a catalog, but a living, breathing collection of timeless songs that are as powerful and resonant today as they were when they were first written. “
On behalf of David Bowie Estate and RZO, attorney Allen Grubman said, “We are truly delighted that David Bowie’s musical body is now in the capable hands of Warner Chappell Music Publishing. We are sure they will cherish it and take care of it. with the greatest level of dignity. “
The news comes as “Bowie 75,” a celebration of the singer, kicks off this month with pop-up stores in New York and London on January 8, marking his 75th birthday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bowie died on January 10, 2016, at the age of 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer. (ANI)