There has been speculation about an acquisition of David Bowie’s publishing catalogue for months, but the deal is now official. Warner Chappell is the publisher emerging as the winner, acquiring the global publishing rights for Bowie’s entire songwriting catalogue.
“This fantastic pact with the David Bowie estate opens up a universe of opportunities to take his extraordinary music into dynamic new places,” said co-chair and COO Carianne Marshall.
The acquisition follows last September’s deal to bring the majority of Bowie’s recorded music catalogue to WMG.
How much did Warner Chappell pay in the end? Unsurprisingly, the company did not announce a figure, although the Financial Times suggested this week’s deal was worth “about $250m”.