Warner Music Group has reached an agreement to buy David Bowie’s songs for roughly $250 million, bringing virtually all of the musician’s work under one corporate roof.
The entire songwriting catalog of David Bowie, including classics such as “Space Oddity,” “Let’s Dance” and “Heroes,” has been sold to Warner Music in the latest blockbuster music rights deal.
On Monday, Warner Music Group’s music publishing arm, Warner Chappell, announced that it had reached a deal for Bowie’s entire creative output as a songwriter, from the songs on his 1967 debut album “David Bowie,” through his final release “Blackstar,” which was released just before his death in 2016 at 69 years old.
The collection will include more than 400 songs from various eras, including soundtrack music and material from Bowie’s short-lived band Tin Machine in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The purchase was valued between $250 million and $300 million, despite the fact that it was not announced.
“These aren’t just fantastic songs, but they’re also milestones that have altered the course of music history,” Warner Chappell’s CEO stated in a statement.
Warner’s contract, which was signed late last month, is the latest in a string of huge music rights deals, owing to the growing value of music in the streaming age and Wall Street interest in music as an “alternative investment.” In January, Springsteen sold his songwriting and recording career to Sony Music Entertainment for roughly $550 million. The copyrights for recorded music are not the same as those for songwriting, which cover the lyrics and melodies underlying any performance or recording of song.
Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Mötley Crüe, ZZ Top, and Shakira have all had big sales in recent months.
Warner acquired Bowie’s songwriting rights for $7.5 million, which gives it access to virtually all of the star’s music. The company announced another arrangement with the Bowie family in September giving Warner Music the rights to distribute every recording made by Bowie since 1968 — although not his debut, which is still owned by Universal Music.
Last year, the Bowie family launched “Bowie 75,” a “retail experience” connected to what would have been his 75th birthday, with pop-up stores in New York and London that included immersive audiovisual presentations as well as apparel, music, and other memorabilia for sale. They will remain open until late January.
The Real Deal About Kanye West’s Gap Employment
Kanye West’s career has been a source of constant interest since the start. He is well-known far and wide for his award-winning music, his brief presidential campaign, and, most notably, as Kim Kardashian’s former husband.
West had to work hard to establish his reputation because, despite being incredibly successful today, he was forced to fight for it. After his mother, Donda, got a job as a university instructor in China when he was 10 years old, Kanye West relocated with her. The couple moved to Chicago, where West got involved in the city’s hip-hop scene. The Grammy-award winning vocalist studied at Chicago’s American Academy of Art after winning a scholarship to Polaris High School. However, after six months, he dropped out to pursue music and follow his aspirations on his own.
During his year abroad and at college, West was like any other adolescent, working part-time at the clothing chain, The Gap.
Kanye West opened up about his time working at The Gap
In 2004, Kanye West released his debut album “The College Dropout,” which he had spent four years making and recording (via Capital Xtra). “Spaceship,” the song on the album, makes mention of West’s employment at The Gap as a teenager, with lyrics complaining that he never made enough money there. “Let’s go back, back to The Gap. Look at my check — wasn’t no scratch So if I stole, wasn’t my fault. Yeah, I stole — never got caught,” the lyrics read(via Genius).
In an interview with Paper Magazine in 2015, the rapper recalled how much time he spent working at The Gap, expressing his love for the apparel but admitting that he couldn’t afford to buy anything there.
“When I was working at the Gap at 15, I don’t think I had any desire to actually make clothes, but I always felt like that’s what I wanted to be around. I loved the fabrics, I loved the colors, I loved the proportions,” West explained. “Abercrombie was too expensive for me and the Gap was too expensive for me. Even though I worked at the Gap, I didn’t get enough hours to get a discount because I was a part-time employee, because I went to high school.”
Is This How Pete Davidson Really Feels About Kanye’s Threatening Lyrics?
It’s no secret that Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are one of the most prominent couples in Hollywood. The pair were first spotted together in October of 2021 at an amusement park (via Cosmopolitan). With their relationship still intact, Kim Kardashian’s ex Kanye West has given her an assist with a new song that contains lyrics that aren’t “sure, it’s all good if you date my estranged wife.”
Rather, as reported by Page Six, in the passage about the “SNL” actor, Kanye raps, “God saved me from that crash/ Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s a**.” According to a report in the Michigan Daily, West was involved in a vehicle accident in 2002.
So is Davidson worried about Kardashian’s ex’s threat in his song, “Eazy?” (via The Sun). Actually, according to a source, “Pete thinks it’s totally hilarious. Not just that — he thinks the whole [tabloid drama with him, West and Kardashian] is hilarious. He loves it.”
Kim Kardashian does not love Kanye’s response to her new relationship
According to sources, while a smitten Davidson may find West’s take on their new relationship with Kardashian “funny,” his established lover is not amused. “Kim has been overwhelmed and upset by Kanye’s recent interviews and antics,” an insider told Entertainment Tonight, referring to the star’s claims he wasn’t permitted to enter the couple’s daughter Chicago’s birthday party.
West also talked to Jason Lee before “Eazy” was released, saying on his podcast “Hollywood Unlocked,” “How you gonna bring me to ‘SNL’ and kiss the dude you dating right in front of me and everybody’s like, ‘Aw, that’s cool.'”
Meanwhile, if West was attempting to split Kardashian and Davidson apart, his strategy isn’t working, according to a source. “It’s not impacting their relationship at all. If anything, this drama is bringing Kim and Pete closer together because he makes things so easy.”
The Reason Police Are Investigating Kanye West
Kanye West has been laid low in the midst of his finest “divorced guy” existence (via GQ), with shocking accusations made against him. According to Page Six, West, who is now known as Ye after changing his name, has been out and about with New York’s finest Julia Fox. The unlikely couple is having a whirlwind romance while the actor gushes during a recent episode of her “Forbidden Fruits” podcast, according to paparazzi photos. “He’s really a f–king genius, and it’s an honor to be in the presence [of him] and to be able to witness history happening.” She particularly enjoyed watching West work in the studio, describing his new songs as “insane.”
Despite the fact that it is still in its early stages, Fox stated, “Our minds, we both, like, work very fast. We keep up with each other, which is cool. Like, I talk very fast and I can have 10 trains of thought and, like, whatever.” According to sources, their mutual friends are overjoyed by the budding romance, which has seen West and Fox on date nights at popular plays and restaurants, as well as filming photoshoots in packed cafés. In her case, they even gave an exhausting and instantly meme-worthy account to Interview magazine. Following the release of these new photographs, Fox may be second-guessing her new lover after this disturbing development.
A Kanye West fan has made a shocking accusation against the rapper
According to a source at Insider, the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a criminal battery allegation against Kanye West. The LAPD responded to reports of an incident at 3 a.m. on Thursday, January 13th, according to a spokesperson. This is where things get interesting. To date, only one person has been named as a suspect: West. No arrests have been made, and no additional information has been provided. However, Fox 11 News in Los Angeles reported that the altercation took place outside the private club Soho Warehouse and happened after a fan recognized him sitting in his car and requested an autograph. According to an unverified fan, West got out of the vehicle and punched him in the face before fleeing. He subsequently phoned the cops but refused any medical attention.
According to Page Six, the fan in question had previously approached the controversial star on two other occasions seeking an autograph, first outside of restaurant Craig’s, in Los Angeles, Monday night, where West was celebrating his Gap commercial with Julia Fox. The mystery man reappeared outside Delilah, where West, Fox, and other famous personalities were having supper two days later. In paparazzi photographs from the night in question, the fan can be seen in the background. However, despite the fact that the rapper departed Delilah alone, it’s uncertain where he went next, just that he must have arrived at Soho Warehouse in the end. Footage from the incident reveals West screaming and the fan on the ground beneath him.