inger Tina Turner sells music rights to BMG.
Tina Turner, the legendary soul and rock singer has sold the rights to her song library to BMG, making her the latest vocal artist to do so.
BMG, which is controlled by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG,
announced in a statement on Wednesday that it will “be a partner in all of Tina Turner‘s music activities.”
Turner’s artist’s share of her records, her music publishing writer’s share, neighbouring rights,
and her name, image, and likeness are all included in the contract. BMG did not reveal how much it paid.
The 81-year-old singer of “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “The Beast” began her solo career in the 1980s.
Turner and her ex-husband Ike Turner, who died of a cocaine overdose in 2007,
were very popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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After a tumultuous marriage in which she claimed she was abused, they separated in 1978.
Turner’s solo studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks,
and five compilations have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide,
according to BMG, which also said that Warner Music will continue to be Turner’s record label.
“The preservation of my life’s work, my musical legacy, is something personal for me,
as it is for every artist,” Turner stated in the statement. “I’m sure that my work is incapable and trustworthy hands with BMG and Warner Music.”
In the last year, Bob Dylan and Mick Fleetwood have made similar agreements,
while Hipgnosis Songs Fund has purchased the rights to artists ranging from Neil Young to Shakira,
taking advantage of a pandemic-driven surge in music streaming.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch stated, “Tina Turner‘s musical journey has inspired hundreds of millions of people across the globe and continues to reach new audiences.”
“It is an honour for us to be in charge of Tina Turner‘s artistic and commercial interests.”
It’s a duty we take very seriously and will work hard to fulfil. She is, without a doubt, the finest.”
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