Soul and rock star Tina Turner has sold the rights to her music catalog to music company BMG, the last vocal artist to make such a deal for her work. In a statement on Wednesday, BMG, owned by German media company Bertelsmann AG, said it would be “a partner in all of Tina Turner’s musical interests”.
The deal includes Turner’s artist’s share of his recordings, music publishing’s author’s share, neighboring rights, and name, image and likeness. BMG did not disclose the price it paid. The 81-year-old “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “The Best” singer launched her solo career in the 1980s.
Prior to that, Turner and her former husband Ike Turner, who died of a cocaine overdose in 2007, enjoyed enormous success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They divorced in 1978 after a rocky marriage during of which she said she was beaten. Turner has 10 solo studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks and five compilations, which together have sold over 100 million records, BMG said, adding that Warner Music would remain the Grammy Award-winning record label.
“Like any artist, protecting my life’s work, my musical heritage, is something personal,” Turner said in the release. “I am convinced that with BMG and Warner Music my work is in professional and reliable hands.” Bob Dylan and Mick Fleetwood also struck similar deals over the past year, while the Hipgnosis Songs Fund reclaimed artist rights from Neil Young to Shakira, benefiting from a music streaming boom triggered by the pandemic.
“Tina Turner’s musical journey has inspired hundreds of millions of people around the world and continues to reach new audiences,” said Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG. “We are honored to take on the management of Tina Turner’s musical and business interests. It is a responsibility we take seriously and will diligently pursue. It is truly and simply the best.”
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