David Bowie Estate, Warner Music to bring the icon catalog …
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Los Angeles, Sep 17 (IANS) Music icon David Bowie’s estate and label, Warner Music Group, have announced a global partnership that will carry the artist’s catalog of recorded music spanning the entire 1968 career. to 2016.
The deal sees Bowie’s 2000-2016 albums, which were originally released via Sony Music, joining its 1968-1999 catalog at Warner, reports variety.com.
The albums “Heathen”, “Reality”, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar”, of which the latter was released just two days before the singer’s death from cancer in January 2016, are among the works that will be released by Warner in 2023, reports varie.com.
Only Bowie’s early recordings, a series of singles and an eponymous album released via various UK labels between 1964 and 1967, none of which was a hit and a handful of lost tracks will not be with Warner.
The fifth installment in the Bowie Eraa set series, “Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001)”, is due out this fall, with details to come.
Much of Bowie’s catalog became part of the Warner Orbit in 2013, when WMG acquired London-based group Parlophone Label (as part of a deal stemming from the 2012 transaction that saw Universal Music Group acquire EMI and be obliged to cede certain properties).
Since then, the company has embarked on a near-definitive series of reissues “guided by Bowie’s vision for its catalog”, featuring expertly curated “Era” box sets, as well as multiple releases of rare concerts and other recordings. arriving every year.
Bowie first enjoyed major success with his 1969 single “Space Oddity” and signed with RCA Records for his highly influential work of the 1970s. Upon concluding his contract with RCA in 1981, he retained the rights to his recorded music and entered into a series of licensing deals with various labels for his new releases as well as his RCA material, which he acquired ownership in the late 1980s.
Bowie has withheld much of his rare material for many years, but it has played out in a gradual and satisfying way for fans since the Parlophone reissue series began in 2015.
Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music, Warner Music Group, said: “It is an incredible honor to have been chosen as the steward of one of the most important and dynamic bodies of creative work in modern culture.
“The impact of Bowie’s repeated reinvention and endless experimentation continues to resonate around the world – through the genres he transformed, the timeless songs and sounds he invented, and the influence immeasurable he has had on music, art and fashion. We are delighted that our expanded partnership with the Bowie Estate will help us achieve innovative career-spanning projects and attract new generations to his extraordinary musical universe Lousada added.
Kevin Gore, President of Warner Recorded Music’s World Catalog added: “To be entrusted with this phenomenal work is truly rewarding. Over the past eight years we have had a wonderful relationship with the Bowie Estate, working together on a fantastic series. of outputs.
“… With the addition of his immensely powerful subsequent work to the Warner Music portfolio, we look forward to bringing Bowie’s music to fans around the world for many years to come,” he added.
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