Bruce Springsteen Sells His Masters and Publishing Catalog to Sony for $500 Million

    Bruce Springsteen has sold his masters and publishing rights to Sony Music in a combined deal of around $500 million, Billboard reports. The sale will reportedly give the company ownership of the musician’s entire back catalog, which includes over 300 songs, 20 studio albums, 23 live LPs, 7 EPs, and more.

    Starting with his 1973 debut Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., Springsteen has released his albums through Sony Music Entertainment imprint Columbia Records for his entire career. During the ’80s and ’90s, Springsteen was given ownership of his previous albums as an incentive to stay with Columbia. His most recent LP, Letter to You, came out in October 2020.

    Last month, it was reported that Springsteen had been shopping his catalog around both Sonny and Universal Music Group since November, and was also looking to sell his publishing catalog, which was under Universal Music Publishing Group. The news comes one year after Universal Music Publishing Group purchased Bob Dylan’s publishing catalog for more than $300 million.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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