Sting doesn’t need to run a red light: The Police frontman is the latest musician to sell out his entire songwriting catalog. The New York Times reports that the singer and bassist has passed all music under his name to Universal Music Group, as part of a catalog deal estimated to be around $300 million.
This transaction covers copyrights to recordings of Sting’s songs, as well as his songwriting royalties. It includes both Sting’s solo material and all of his output with The Police, dating back to the band’s 1978 debut. Outlandos of Love until last year The bridge. This means hits like ‘Roxanne’, ‘Message in a Bottle’, ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’ are now fully controlled by Universal.
Sting joins a growing list of artists who have landed multimillion-dollar catalog deals over the past two years. Bruce Springsteen sold his masters and editions to Sony Music for a total of $500 million in December. Last month, Neil Young sold half his catalog rights to Hipgnosis for an undisclosed amount, and David Bowie’s entire publishing catalog sold for $250 million. UMG previously bought Bob Dylan’s 2020 songwriter catalog for around $300 million and his recordings were recently sold to Sony for $200 million.