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1/3/22

The ch-ch-ch-change we’ve been waiting for is official: David Bowie’s full catalog has a new home at Warner Chappell Music.

WCM has acquired the global music publishing rights to Bowie’s song catalog that includes the songs on his 26 studio albums, the posthumous release, Toy, and the two studio albums from Tin Machine, along with tracks released as singles from soundtracks and other projects.

“All of us at Warner Chappell are immensely proud that the David Bowie estate has chosen us to be the caretakers of one of the most groundbreaking, influential, and enduring catalogs in music history,” WCM Co-Chair and CEO Guy Moot said. “These are not only extraordinary songs, but milestones that have changed the course of modern music forever.

“Bowie’s vision and creative genius drove him to push the envelope, lyrically and musically—writing songs that challenged convention, changed the conversation, and have become part of the canon of global culture. His work spanned massive pop hits and experimental adventures that have inspired millions of fans and countless innovators, not only in music, but across all the arts, fashion, and media. We are looking forward to tending his unparalleled body of songs with passion and care as we strive to build on the legacy of this most extraordinary human being.”

Last year, Warner Music Group licensed worldwide rights to Bowie’s recorded music catalog beginning with his 1968 debut.

WCM Co-Chair and COO Carianne Marshall noted: “This fantastic pact with the David Bowie estate opens up a universe of opportunities to take his extraordinary music into dynamic new places. This isn’t merely a catalog, but a living, breathing collection of timeless songs that are as powerful and resonant today as they were when they were first written.

“With both sides of WMG now representing Bowie’s career, we couldn’t be better set up to represent this illustrious body of work.”

Allen Grubman led the dealmaking with Bowie’s team at RZO led by Bill Zysblat and Tom Cyrana. Warner Chappell’s Team Bowie included Alice Aleksandrovich, Steve Butler, Michael LoBiondo and David Woirhaye.

“We are truly gratified that David Bowie’s body of music will now be in the capable hands of Warner Chappell Music Publishing,” Grubman said. “We are sure they will cherish it and take care of it with the greatest level of dignity.”