Bob Dylan sold his entire catalog of recordings to Sony

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Bob Dylan is selling the rights to his master recordings and several future new releases to Sony in a deal worth ‘over $200 MILLION’

  • Bob Dylan has sold his entire catalog of recorded music along with the “rights to several future new releases” to Sony Music Entertainment
  • Sony did not disclose financial terms of the deal.
  • By the end of 2020, the 80-year-old iconic artist had already sold his songwriting rights — separate from the recording rights, which govern reproduction and distribution — to Universal, in a deal estimated to cost over $100. $300 million.
  • According to industry reports, including from Billboard and Variety, Dylan’s latest deal was worth more than $200 million.










Bob Dylan has sold his entire catalog of recorded music along with “the rights to several future new releases” to Sony Music Entertainment, the company announced Monday.

Sony did not disclose financial terms of the deal. By the end of 2020, the iconic artist, 80, had already sold his songwriting rights – separate from the recording rights, which govern reproduction and distribution – to Universal, in a deal estimated to cost more than of $300 million.

According to industry reports, including from Billboard and Variety, Dylan’s latest deal was worth more than $200 million.

Bob Dylan sold his entire catalog of recorded music plus “the rights to several future new releases” to Sony Music Entertainment in a deal worth over $200 million; photographed in Los Angeles in February 2002

Sony said it closed the recording rights deal in July 2021, a further deepening of Dylan’s six-decade relationship with the company.

Dylan was signed to Sony’s Columbia Records in 1961 and recorded his first album the same year.

Hailing Dylan’s “unequaled genius”, Rob Stringer, Chairman of Sony Music Group, said: “Columbia Records has had a special relationship with Bob Dylan since the beginning of his career and we are extremely proud and excited to continue to grow and to evolve our 60-year partnership.’

Dylan also praised the deal in a statement: “Columbia Records and Rob Stringer have been nothing but good to me for many, many years and on many records.” I’m glad all my recordings can stay where they belong.

The iconic artist, 80, had previously sold his songwriting rights - separate from the recording rights, which govern reproduction and distribution - to Universal, in a deal believed to be worth more than 300 million dollars, end of 2020;  photographed in February 2015

The iconic artist, 80, had previously sold his songwriting rights – separate from the recording rights, which govern reproduction and distribution – to Universal, in a deal believed to be worth more than 300 million dollars, end of 2020; photographed in February 2015

Sony announced on Monday that it has

Sony announced on Monday that it had “acquired the entire catalog of recorded music from Bob Dylan, plus the rights to several future new releases”; photographed 2012

Dylan’s deal with Sony is separate from his successful publishing sale to Universal.

Recording rights holders can dictate future re-releases, while publishing rights holders receive a discount in a number of scenarios, including radio playback and streaming, album sales, and usage. in advertising and movies.

Dylan’s publishing deal with Universal was one of the highest-profile sales to come ahead of a flurry of music catalog deals over the past year as financial markets grow increasingly enticed by music portfolios as an asset class.

Dylan pictured performing at Bluesfest in 2011

Dylan pictured performing at Bluesfest in 2011

Dylan also welcomed the deal in a statement:

Dylan also praised the deal in a statement: “Columbia Records and Rob Stringer have been nothing but good to me for many, many years and on many records.” I’m glad that all my recordings can stay in their place”; photographed 1966

The companies have acquired a number of major catalogs, including from David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Motley Crue, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira.

Springsteen sold his publishing and recorded music rights to Sony for a staggering $500 million.

Earlier this month, Bowie’s estate sold the late singer’s publishing rights to Warner Chappell Music.

Icon: The singer of Blowin' In The Wind photographed circa 1965

Icon: The singer of Blowin’ In The Wind photographed circa 1965

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