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Bob Dylan sells masters to Sony

AFP . New York
26 Jan 2022 00:00:00 | Update: 26 Jan 2022 00:46:27
Bob Dylan sells masters to Sony

Bob Dylan sold his entire back catalog of recorded music along with “the rights to multiple future new releases” to Sony Music Entertainment, the company announced Monday.

Sony did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. In late 2020 the iconic artist, 80, had already sold his songwriting rights -- separate from recording rights, which govern reproduction and distribution -- to Universal, in a deal estimated to be worth more than $300 million.

According to industry reports including from Billboard and Variety, the latest Dylan deal was worth upwards of $200 million.

Sony said it closed the recording rights transaction in July 2021, a tightening of Dylan’s six-decade relationship with the company.

Dylan was signed to Sony’s Columbia Records in 1961, and recorded his debut album the same year.

Hailing Dylan’s “unrivaled genius,” Rob Stringer, Sony Music Group’s chairman, said “Columbia Records has had a special relationship with Bob Dylan from the beginning of his career and we are tremendously proud and excited to be continuing to grow and evolve our ongoing 60-year partnership.”

Dylan also lauded the agreement in a statement: “Columbia Records and Rob Stringer have been nothing but good to me for many, many years and a whole lot of records. I’m glad that all my recordings can stay where they belong.”

Dylan’s deal with Sony is separate from his blockbuster publishing sale to Universal.