While on stage, Bowie displayed a wide range of genres, blending European melancholy with American rhythms and his own constantly shifting personae and attire.
An open theatricality was introduced to popular music by the gaunt and educated Bowie, who altered our perceptions of what it meant to be a rock star forever. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted him in 1996.
Warner Chappell Music has purchased the entire music library of David Bowie, spanning from the late 1960s to the time of his death in 2016.
As part of a contract with the Bowie estate, Warner Music was granted worldwide rights to Bowie’s recorded music repertoire from 1968.
The sale’s financial details are kept under wraps. Some media reports estimated the deal at US$250 million, according to Spectrum News 1.
WCM Co- Chair and CEO Guy Moot said in a statement that “All of us at Warner Chappell are immensely proud that the David Bowie estate has chosen us to be the caretakers of one of the most groundbreaking, influential and enduring catalogs in music history.”
Songs spanning 26 Bowie studio albums, a posthumous album, Toy, two studio albums from Tin Machine, as well as hits from Bowie soundtracks and other projects, including “Space Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Fame,” “Rebel Rebel,” and “Let’s Dance,” are all featured.
Last month, Bruce Springsteen reportedly sold his entire repertoire to Sony Music for $500 million.
Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Stevie Nicks are just a few artists whose catalogs have recently been sold in part or whole.
Bowie died in January 2016 after an 18-month battle with cancer.
“”These are not only extraordinary songs, but milestones that have changed the course of modern music forever,” Moot said.
Warner Chapell is a division of Warner Music Group Corp. that publishes music.