Mötley Crüe sold its entire catalog to BMG. The amount was reported in all nine digits and is the company’s largest single catalog acquisition since its inception in 2008.
A spokesperson for BMG declined to comment on the dollar amount of the deal.
The deal includes the group’s nine studio albums from their 1981 debut, Too fast for love, through their last years 2008 Los Angeles Saints, as well as several live recordings and compilation collections.
“Mötley Crüe is part of the pantheon of rock legends, the band’s legacy is enormous and their fans are greedy,” Michael Kachko, BMG SVP Catalog Recordings, said in a statement. “You can be sure that we will give all the respect and love to the music for which BMG is known to give current and future fans the best possible experience.”
Hipgnosis Songs by Merck Mercuriadis had already acquired many of the group’s publishing rights from Nikki Sixx, which suggests that the group may sell their catalog to Hipgnosis.
“It’s amazing to collaborate with our new partners at BMG,” Mötley Crüe said in a statement. “Their track record of success in rock has made them the perfect home to continue to preserve and develop our musical heritage, ensuring that we always stay on top. “
The acquisition is not far from what BMG already owns and / or represents, including rock legends Black Sabbath, Dio, Iron Maiden, Kurt Cobain, Motörhead, Scorpions, Uriah Heep, Godsmack, Slash and Bring Me The Horizon .
“With expert management at the helm, Mötley Crüe has a long history of owning its own recordings,” said Thomas Scherer, President of BMG, Repertroie & Marketing. “It is an honor and a privilege for BMG to be entrusted with this catalog. They perfectly match our global digital and physical rock expertise. “
The hard rock legends are about to embark on their first tour since June 2015, for a 30-date tour of American stadiums. Joining them on the road are Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as supporting actors.