Sting Sells Song Catalog
Sting is the latest musician to sell his catalog of songs to Universal Music Publishing with a rumored price tag of $350 million, according to Variety.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer followed the lead of Bob Dylan, whose catalog was acquired by UMPG for close to $400 million in late 2020, at the company.
Songs included span his career with The Police as well as his solo material, with “Roxanne,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Shape Of My Heart,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You,” “Fields Of Gold,” “Desert Rose,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Englishman in New York” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” part of the deal.
Says Sting of the sale: “It is absolutely essential to me that my career’s body of work have a home where it is valued and respected – not only to connect with longtime fans in new ways but also to introduce my songs to new audiences, musicians and generations. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with UMG as my label partner, under the watchful guidance of Lucian, so it felt natural to unite everything in one trusted home, as I return to the studio, ready for the next chapter.”
Sting’s latest album, The Bridge, is out now.