Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired Sting’s entire catalog of songs, which includes The Police frontman’s rock classics like “Roxanne”, “Every Breath You Take” and “Message in a Bottle”.
Financial terms of the deal with part of Vivendi’s Universal Music group were not disclosed. But the deal encompasses copyrights spanning Sting’s career, the music major said, to unite its catalog of songs with its catalog of music recorded under the Universal Music Group banner.
UMG was Sting’s label throughout his career through A&M, Interscope and Cherrytree Records.
“I never could have imagined that one day I would be able to lead a company that would be the guardian of Sting’s remarkable songwriting legacy. Each of us at UMPG looks forward to this work with a sense of honor, responsibility and tremendous excitement about what we can achieve for his music in the future,” said Jody Gerson, president and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, in a statement.
Superstar artists like Bob Dylan, the Estate of David Bowie and Stevie Nicks have sold their catalogs of songs to music labels as they in turn seek to cash in on royalties, licensing, brand deals and other alternative sources of income. British-born Sting, as a singer-songwriter and co-founder of rock band The Police, has sold over 100 million albums and, as an actor, appeared in some 15 movies.
He also produced A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and in 1989 starred in The Threepenny Opera on Broadway.
“I am thrilled to have Jody and the team at UMPG curating and managing my catalog of songs. It is absolutely essential to me that all of my career work has a home where it is valued and respected – not just to connect with longtime fans in new ways, but also to introduce my songs to new audiences, musicians and generations,” Sting said in his own statement.