Big Artists with Beloved Songs make Bank, While MegaCorporations Gain the Rights to their Work. Fair trade?
Bruce Springsteen sells his entire music catalogue for $500m
By Mark Savage
BBC Music Correspondent
Bruce Springsteen has sold the master recordings and publishing rights for his life’s work to Sony for a reported $500m (£376m).
A 20-time Grammy winner, Springsteen’s music generated about $15m in revenue last year.
Warner Music bought the worldwide rights to Bowie’s music in September, and Dylan sold his catalogue of more than 600 songs in December last year to Universal Music Group at a purchase price widely reported as $300m.
The deals provide immediate financial security to the artists and their estates, while the rights-holders hope to profit by building new revenue streams for the music via film and TV licensing, merchandise, cover versions and performance royalties.
In historic deal, Bruce Springsteen sells his masters for $500 million
NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Billboard’s Melinda Newman on why music icons have recently decided to cash in.