Tina Turner sold the rights to her solo back catalog to BMG.
Hitmaker “Simply the Best” has announced a new deal with the major, which will see the music legend’s “life’s work” in the hands of BMG, while Warner Music will remain his record company.
In a statement, the 81-year-old icon said, “Like any artist, protecting my life’s work, my musical heritage, is personal. I am convinced that with BMG and Warner Music my work is in professional and reliable hands. “
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch added, “We are honored to take over the management of Tina Turner’s musical and business interests. It is a responsibility we take seriously and will diligently pursue. She is truly and simply the best.
It has been hailed as the greatest artist acquisition in history.
BMG now owns the rights to its name, image and likeness for branded offerings, merchandising, etc.
Publishing and recording rights for Tina’s 10 studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks and five compilations are included in the deal.
The queen of rock ‘n’ roll began her career as one half of the hitmaking duo Ike & Tina Turner in the 1960s, and has sold 100 million records worldwide as a solo artist.
Meanwhile, Tina is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on October 30.
The “Proud Mary” hitmaker – who is entering the Hall of Fame for the second time after being recognized for the first time in 1991 alongside her ex Ike Turner – said in a statement: “I am absolutely delighted to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame among these incredible artists.
“Thank you for all of your continued love and support over the years!”
Jay-Z, Carole King and Foo Fighters are also among the artists honored by the Hall of Fame.