Monday, April 15, 2024

Ch-ch-ch-Changes: David Bowie Catalog and Publishing Goes to Warner’s for $250 Million


Big ch-ch-changes in the world of David Bowie music. The whole kit and caboodle has gone to Warner Chappell Music Publishing and Warner Music for $250 million according to reports.

Warner’s gets everything, the records and the songs. It’s the latest deal for the rights to legacy rock stars.

Bowie was with RCA for most of his heyday, then made a deal in 1997 with EMI, which became Capitol and is now Universal. So moving to Warner’s completes his hat trick of being with all the majors.

The Bowie catalog is highly marketable. Right now, “Is There Life on Mars?” is being used heavily thanks to the movie “Licorice Pizza.” Songs like “Heroes” and “Let’s Dance” are in constant demand. There are dozens more including “Space Oddity,” “Young Americans,” and so on. We’ll be hearing them in commercials and in movies for the rest of our natural lives.

The Bowie estate goes to his widow, the supermodel, Iman, their daughter, and presumably Bowie’s son, film director Duncan Jones.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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