WARNER CHAPELL ACQUIRES DAVID BOWIE MUSIC EDITION CATALOG
LOS ANGELES, January 3, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Warner Chapel Music (WCM) and the David Bowie Estate announced today that WCM has acquired the worldwide music publishing rights to Bowie’s groundbreaking song catalog. The landmark accord encompasses all of Bowie’s work, encompassing hundreds of songs spanning the iconic artist and songwriter’s six-decade career, including such pioneers as “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” ” Life on Mars? “,” Ziggy Stardust “,” Starman “,” Rebel Rebel “,” Fame “,” Young Americans “,” Golden Years “,” Heroes “,” Ashes to Ashes “,” Modern Love “,” Let’s Dance “,” Where are we now? “” Lazarus “, and many more. The deal includes songs from David Bowie’s 26 studio albums released during his lifetime, as well as the posthumous release of the studio album, Toy. It also includes Tin Machine’s two studio albums, as well as songs released as singles from soundtracks and other projects.
In making this announcement, the WCM Co-President and CEO Guy Moot said: “All of us at Warner Chappell are extremely proud that the David Bowie Estate has chosen us to be the custodians of one of the most groundbreaking, influential and enduring catalogs in music history. These are not only extraordinary songs, but milestones that changed the course of modern music forever. Bowie’s vision and creative genius pushed him to push the boundaries, lyrically and musically – writing songs that have defied convention, changed the conversation and became part of the canon of global culture, pop hits and experimental adventures that have inspired millions of fans and countless innovators, not only in music, but in all the arts, fashion and media. build on the legacy of this most extraordinary human being. “
“I want to thank everyone involved in making this wonderful business happen,” Moot continued, “including Bill Zysblat, Tom cyrana, and the entire Bowie team from RZO, attorney Allen Grubman and cabinet, as well as our own “Team Bowie” made up of colleagues from Warner Chappell Alice alexandrovich, Steve butler, Michael LoBiondo, and David woirhaye. “
The agreement with WCM follows the announcement last year of a comprehensive, career-long agreement between Warner Music Group (WMG) and the Bowie Estate through which Warner Music has licensed worldwide rights to Bowie’s recorded music catalog since 1968. With this new agreement with Warner Chappell, WMG is now home to all of Bowie’s work as a songwriter and recording artist.
WCM Co-President and COO Carianne Marshal noted: “This fantastic pact with the David Bowie estate opens up a universe of opportunities to take his extraordinary music to dynamic new places. It is not just a catalog, but a living and breathing collection of timeless songs that are as powerful and resonant today as they were when they were first written. We are delighted that the field believes that Warner Chappell has the knowledge, experience and resources to take the reins and continue to promote a collection of this caliber. All of our global leaders and departments are incredibly excited and ready to work with these brilliant songs across multiple avenues and platforms. And with both sides of WMG now representing Bowie’s career, we couldn’t be better prepared to represent this illustrious body of work. ”
On behalf of the David Bowie Estate and RZO, Allen Grubman added, “We are truly delighted that David Bowie’s musical body is now in the capable hands of Warner Chappell Music Publishing. We are sure that they will cherish and care for him with the greatest degree of dignity.”
About David Bowie
David Bowie was born in 1947. Between the end of the 60s and the mid-70s, he experimented with multimedia, recorded albums The man who sold the world, space oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sané, Diamond dogs, Station to Station, and Young Americans. The track “Fame”, taken from this last album, was his first American number 1.
In 1976 he moved to Berlin, registration Stockings and heroes with Eno and Tony Visconti. In 1980 he made his Broadway debut in The elephant Man and released the Visconti co-production, Scary monsters and super creeps, followed in 1983 by the Nile Rodgers-produced Let’s dance. Between the mid-1980s and early 1990s, he worked with his group Tin Machine, collaborated with the dance company La La La Human Steps, and wrote music for Hanif kureishi Suburban buddha.
1992 brought one of the first rock CD-ROMs, Bowie’s jump. In 1994, reunited again with Eno, he produced the experimental Out album, followed by Earthling in 1997 and hours… in 1999, the year he became a Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters.
Bowie’s next project was a new recorded collaboration with Tony Visconti, 2002 Pagan. The live dates that accompany him in Europe and America has seen full performances of both Pagan and the classic from 1977 Moo. A year later, the Reality The album launched with the world’s largest interactive “live by satellite” event, followed by the enthusiastically received and critically acclaimed “A Reality Tour” of the world.
2006 saw Bowie return to the theater, with the Chris Nolan-directed Prestige (# 1 at the box office) adding to cinematic highlights such as at Nic Roeg The man who fell to earth, that of Martin Scorsese The last temptation of Christ, Tony Scott’s Hunger, and Nagisa Oshima Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. In May 2007, Bowie was the first curator of the 10-day ‘High Line’ arts and music festival at New York. This June he was honored at the 11eAnnual Webby Awards (known as the “Oscars of the Internet”) with the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for pushing the boundaries between art and technology.
Later in 2007, Bowie played his own role in an acclaimed episode of Supplements, Ricky gervais series on HBO. 2012 saw the erection of a plaque in Heddon Street, London (the scene from the Ziggy Stardust cover filming) to commemorate the extraordinary influence of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars and, of course, David himself.
Additional excitement accompanied the announcement in 2012 that the David Bowie Archives had given unprecedented access to the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum for an exhibition which will be organized solely by the V&A at London. It was the first time that a museum had access to the David Bowie archives. The exhibition broke records in the United States, Berlin, and France.
At January 8, 2013without fanfare and out of the blue, David Bowie released a new single titled “Where Are We Now?” and announced the release of a new album. The next day was Bowie’s first new studio album in 10 years. Critically acclaimed around the world, he features songs that are now widely considered to be among his best.
In 2014, to celebrate its 50e year in music, compilation Nothing has changed was released, and once again Bowie surprised everyone by launching the seven-minute jazz murder ballad “Sue (or In a Season of Crime)”, a collaboration with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Bowie ended 2014 by revealing “Tis A Pity She Was a Whore,” an uncompromising piece that pointed to a possible future of even more experimentation.
Spring 2015 brought the announcement of the off-Broadway theatrical production, Lazarus, a collaboration between Bowie and a renowned playwright Enda walsh. Directed by Ivo Van Hove, Lazarus also starred in London at the King’s Cross Theater to receive rave reviews.
(pronounced Black Star) was Bowie’s 28e studio album, released on his 69e birthday, Jan. 8, 2016. Co-produced by Bowie and Visconti, with support from the local New York jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his quartet, ★, have received critical acclaim, garnering many of the best critical reviews in Bowie’s career. ★ was David Bowie’s first album to reach No. 1 in the United States, topped the charts in over 20 countries, and won five Grammy Awards.
At January 10, 2016, David Bowie passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. His work, his multigenerational influence and his legacy of fearless innovation and endless reinvention will live on forever.
In 2022, Bowie75 celebrates the 75th birthday of David Bowie, one of the greatest artists and creative pioneers in the world, from music to fashion to art.
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On Warner Chapel Music
Warner Chapel Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide range of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more than 20 countries, Warner Chappell provides deep expertise through a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders. Warner Chappell, with a history stretching back over 200 years, currently publishes and administers the music of A-Lin, Angèle, Anderson .Paak, Apache 207, Ava Max, Aya Nakamura, Bruno Mars, Capital Bra, Cardi B, Celeste , Chris Jeday, CJ, Cole Porter, Dan + Shay, Dave, David Bowie, Duran Duran, El Guincho, Fraser T. Smith, Gamble and Huff, Gene Autry Music Group catalog, George Gershwin, George Michael, Grateful Dead, Jasmine Sokko , Jesse & Joy, Justin Tranter, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Kevin Yi, Kool & the Gang, Led Zeppelin, Lin Xi, Lizzo, Madonna, MNEK, Oscar Holter, Pablo Alborán, Pop Smoke, Quincy Jones, Rauw Alejandro, RAYE , Stormzy, Summer Walker, Ta-You Lo, Thomas Rhett and Tones and I, among many others.
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