More than 400 songs, including “Space Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Fame,” “Rebel Rebel,” and “Let’s Dance” which David Bowie released on 26 studio albums during his lifetime, were sold to Warner Chappell Music. Among the unique music catalog is the old studio album “Toy,” two studio albums from Tin Machine as well as tracks released as singles from soundtracks and other music projects.
Financial details of the sale of this collection were not released.
Warner Chappell is a branch of Warner Music Group Corp. which specializes in music.
David Bowie, who was born David Jones, in London in 1947, died in January 2016 after battling cancer for 18 months. As an artist, Bowie is known for his quirky and unpredictable style, blending a somber European style with a rhythmic American one. She often spreads charm with her ever-changing clothes. His figure was thin and educated. On stage, Bowie presented androgynous theater – or both masculine and feminine – that turned him into a rock star. In 1996 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“It was a struggle to understand that I was no longer 20 years old. I don’t know if anyone else has experienced something similar. Most people, they reach the age of 20 and stay at that age. But this didn’t happen to me… I kept getting older and suddenly I was 56 years old. So I wrote this song from the perspective of someone who never feels older than 20. Isn’t it weird?” said Bowie.
When he was a teenager, Bowie performed in blues, folk, contemporary and various other musical groups. Bowie’s early singles were also influenced by another star at the time – Davy Jones of The Monkees. He changed his last name from Jones to Bowie after identifying himself with America’s top musician at the time Jim Bowie.
In 1969 his single “Space Oddity” was released shortly before the launch of the Apollo 11 mission which landed the first man on the Moon. The single became a major hit in the UK.
Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, and Freddy Mercury are some of the world’s top artists who Bowie has collaborated with and were influenced by. He became a central figure in the “Glam Rock” wave of the mid-1970s and became an influential figure in the disco era. Also at the beginning of an era where a musician needed not only to think about his voice or style, but also his visual appearance, along with the booming popularity of MTV in the 1980s.
By the mid-1980s, Bowie had become a major rock star with several industry-leading albums, such as “Aladdin Sane,” “Diamond Dogs,” and “Lets Dance” which he co-produced with Nile Rodgers and featured the song “Modern Love.”
Among Bowie’s famous compositions are “Blue Jean,” “Golden Years” and “Heroes.” The song “Heroes” was sung live in a concert for the main rescue team after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The editor of British film, music and culture website NME, Andrew Trendell, told the Associated Press that Bowie’s ability to transform was key to his success.
“He lives his life. By assuming so many characters and pushing the boundaries, he can truly embody his music. By doing so he can push his ideas as far as possible. In every generation, every decade, Bowie really captures the spirit, raises the question and pushes it further. I mean, if you’re a passionate person like Bowie, he doesn’t get as much love as he did in the 1990s. If we look back at his work now, we’ll find that Bowie actually laid the groundwork for all the music to come. He’s brilliant!”
In 2021, the Warner Music Group reached an agreement with the person in charge of Bowie’s estate, which licensed the rights to the worldwide catalog of David Bowie’s recordings since 1968.
If he is still alive, on January 8, Bowie was supposed to celebrate his 75th birthday. [em/ft]