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MADONNA'S BIRTHDAY
GIFT: A NEW WMG DEAL

Madonna is celebrating her birthday today with the announcement that she and Warner Music Group have struck a career-spanning global partnership that includes a new agreement for her entire recorded-music catalog.

The deal encompasses her Sire/Maverick/Warner catalog and her three most recent studio albums (MDNA, Rebel Heart and Madame X), which will join the Warner catalog beginning in 2025. The new pact includes 17 studio albums and singles, soundtrack recordings, live albums and compilations.

Next year, the 40th anniversary of Madonna's debut, will see the start of a multiyear series of catalog releases. For the first time, Madonna will personally oversee deluxe editions of her landmark albums, as well as introduce unique releases for special events.

Warner Music’s catalog team, led by Kevin Gore, President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music, will oversee the releases.

Max LousadaGuy Oseary, attorney Allen Grubman and Madonna’s business manager Richard Feldstein put the deal together. And, of course, there are quotes.

Said Madonna: "Since the very beginning, Warner Music Group has helped bring my music and vision to all my fans around the world with the utmost care and consideration. They have been amazing partners, and I am delighted to be embarking on this next chapter with them to celebrate my catalog from the last 40 years.”

Warner Music chief Lousada said: “We’re honored to be forming a dynamic new partnership with an incomparable superstar whose influence on our musical and artistic landscape is immense and immutable. Madonna has changed the course of pop and dance music while taking live performance to new heights of drama and invention. At the same time, she uses her fame to amplify some of the most important social issues and movements of our time. She has constantly and fearlessly challenged convention, and her four decades of music are not only an extraordinary body of work but a playbook for creative and cultural evolution.”

Manager Oseary said: “Over the past 30 years, I’ve been fortunate to meet and spend time with many of Madonna’s incredible fans, and this new partnership will bring to fruition what so many of them have been patiently waiting for: a celebration of her groundbreaking catalog. My partner Sara Zambreno and I are working closely with Warner Music Group to bring new life to these iconic works.”

Madonna’s birthday wish—there are 63 candles on that cake—is for friends and supporters to adopt a bed at the Mercy James Centre hospital in Malawi, built especially for children. For more information, click here

 

 

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