Tina Turner sells musical rights to BMG

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(AFP) – Tina Turner has sold her musical rights to German group BMG, he announced on Wednesday, making the legendary American singer the last of a long list of artists to sell its catalog.

The amount of the sale has not been announced. In its press release, BMG specifies that the transfer includes “its share of performer for its recordings, its share of author for the musical edition”, as well as its neighboring rights as well as its name and image.

Aged 48 years old, the interpreter of “The Best”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” or “Private Dancer”, has sold 81 millions of records during his career, between his ten studio albums, two live, two soundtracks and five compilations.

Warner Music will remain his record company, BMG said.

“Like any artist, the protection of my work and my musical heritage, is something personal. I am sure that with BMG and Warner Music, my work is in professional and reliable hands, “said the artist, quoted in the statement.

In recent years, with the streaming revolution, major maneuvers have been underway to acquire the most popular music catalogs. than modern, once the preserve of a few major record labels. In early December, Universal Music announced the acquisition of the entire catalog of Bob Dylan songs, for an amount estimated by the New York Times at 300 million dollars.

In January, it was BMG’s turn to seize the rights from Mick Fleetwood, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, to the American group’s recordings.

BMG Rights Management was created in 2008 to allow the German group Bertelsmann, its parent company, to invest new in musical rights, after the sale of BMG Music Publishing and its huge catalog to Universal in 2007.

BMG, which represents or already owns the rights of leading artists such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain or David Bowie, intends to announce other acquisitions “in the coming weeks”, he said. he indicates.

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