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FILE PHOTO: U.S. pop singer Tina Turner waves during photocall before the Emporio Armani  Autumn/Winter 2011 women's collection show at Milan Fashion Week

GOSSIP & RUMORS: Singer Tina Turner sells music rights to BMG



FILE PHOTO: U.S. singer Tina Turner waves during a photocall before the Emporio Armani Autumn/Winter 2011 women’s collection show at Milan Fashion Week February 26, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

October 6, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – Soul and rock star Tina Turner has sold the rights to her music catalogue to music company BMG, the latest vocal artist to strike such a deal for their 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 music interests”.

The deal includes Turner’s artist’s share of her recordings, her music publishing writer’s share, neighboring rights and name, image, and likeness. BMG did not disclose the price it paid.

The “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “The Best” singer, 81, launched her solo career in the 1980s.

Before that, Turner and former husband Ike Turner, who died of a cocaine overdose in 2007, enjoyed huge success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They divorced in 1978 after a stormy marriage in which she said she was beaten.

Turner has 10 solo studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks, and five compilations, which together have sold more than 100 million records, BMG said, adding Warner Music would remain as the Grammy Award winner’s record company.

“Like any artist, the protection of my life’s work, my musical inheritance, is something personal,” Turner said in the statement. “I am confident that with BMG and Warner Music my work is in professional and reliable hands.”

Bob Dylan and Mick Fleetwood have also made similar deals in the past year, while Hipgnosis Songs Fund has snapped up the rights to artists from Neil Young to Shakira, benefiting from a pandemic-driven boom in music streaming.

“Tina Turner’s musical journey has inspired hundreds of millions of people around the world and continues to reach new audiences,” BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said.

“We are honoured to take on the job of managing Tina Turner’s musical and commercial interests. It is a responsibility we take seriously and will pursue diligently. She is truly and simply, the best.”

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)





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