NEW YORK (AP) – David Bowie’s extensive catalog of music, which spans the late 1960s to just before his death in 2016, has been sold to Warner Chappell Music.
Over 400 songs including “Space Oddity”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Fame”, “Rebel Rebel” and “Let’s Dance” on 26 Bowie studio albums released during his lifetime, one posthumous studio album, Toy, two studios Tin Machine albums, as well as tracks released as singles from soundtracks and other projects, are included.
Financial details of the sale were not disclosed. Warner Chapell is the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp. Bruce Springsteen sold his catalog to Sony Music last month for $ 500 million. Others who have sold their catalogs in recent years, in whole or in part, include Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Stevie Nicks.
David Bowie, born David Jones in London in 1947, died in January 2016 after battling cancer for 18 months. As a performer, Bowie had an unpredictable range of styles, mixing European weariness with American beats and his ever-changing characters and wardrobes. The gaunt and scholar Bowie brought an open theatricality and androgyny to popular music that changed the very meaning of being a rock star. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Last year, Warner Music Group struck an agreement with the Bowie Estate that granted Warner Music a worldwide license to the rights to Bowie’s catalog of recorded music from 1968.