NEW YORK — David Bowie’s extensive music catalog spanning the late 1960s until 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 of Bowie’s lifetime studio albums, posthumous studio album release, Toy, two studio albums included from Tin Machine, as well as tracks released as singles from soundtracks and other projects.
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Financial details of the sale were not disclosed. Warner Chapell is the music publishing division 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, either 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, blending European surfeit with American rhythms and ever-changing looks and wardrobes. The emaciated and erudite Bowie brought an overt theatricality and androgyny to popular music that redefined the very notion of a rock star. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Last year, Warner Music Group struck a deal with the Bowie estate that gave Warner Music the worldwide licensing rights to Bowie’s music catalog from 1968.