Bruce Springsteen sells his entire music catalogue for $500m

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).

The deal gives Sony ownership of his 20 studio albums, including classics like Born To Run, The River and Born In The USA, according to multiple US reports.

A 20-time Grammy winner, Springsteen’s music generated about $15m in revenue last year.

His deal follows similar sales by Bob DylanBlondie and David Bowie.

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.

READ MORE AT BBC.com

LISTEN TO THE STORY (4 Min) At NPR

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.

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