After several months’ worth of negotiations, the estate of David Bowie has finally been sold to Warner Chappell for a staggering price of $250 million. The catalog of the famous singer spans around six different decades and includes a few songs such as Heroes, Space Oddity, Changes, Fame, Let’s Dance, Golden Years, Rebel Rebel, All the Young Dudes, Ziggy Stardust, and his collaboration with Queen in 1981 called Under Pressure- with hundreds of other famous songs.
The agreement comprises all the songs from the 26 studio albums that the rockstar had released during his lifetime, along with Toy, the posthumous studio album which comes out on Friday. This also includes the two studio albums from the Tin Machine, along with tracks that have been released as singles from other projects and soundtracks.
David Bowie’s Estate Was Purchased By Warner Chappell
This deal will definitely bring all of David Bowie’s music into the Warner system. The previous September, the estate had gone ahead and announced a global partnership with Warner Music that would bring the vast recorded music catalog of the late artist from 1968 all the way to 2016 under the umbrella of the company.
This deal has also included the albums from 2000 to 2016, which were previously released through Sony Music. News that the estate of Bowie was in negotiations for selling his publishing catalog was broken by the Financial Times a few months ago.
This announcement construes a major part of the David Bowie 75 celebration, which surrounds the 75th birthday of the singer on Saturday, which is the 8th of January. The campaign would also include multiple pop-up stores in London and New York, along with the release in November of the Brilliant Adventure boxed set.
In November, Variety also managed to break the news that a new David Bowie film was in the works which had been culled from thousands of hours of performance footage that wasn’t readily available.