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Music / December 7, 2020

Bob Dylan has sold his whole catalogue to Universal as part of a huge deal

Bob Dylan, 2015 (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
Music / December 7, 2020

Bob Dylan has sold his whole catalogue to Universal as part of a huge deal

Words: Dylan Murphy

It’s believed to be the biggest acquisition ever of a single act’s publishing rights.

Across the span of a 58-year career, Bob Dylan has shared over 600 songs and won a Nobel Prize. Today, Universal Music Publishing Group announced that it had signed a seismic deal to purchase the entirety of Bob Dylan’s music.

It’s believed to be the biggest ever acquisition of a single act’s publishing rights, estimated to be around $300 million (though the exact figure was not disclosed).

The deal that was reached covers the whole of the legendary singer’s career after he had controlled the majority of the copyrights to his songs.

“It’s no secret that the art of songwriting is the fundamental key to all great music, nor is it a secret that Bob is one of the very greatest practitioners of that art,” the chief executive of the Universal Music Group, Lucian Grainge said following the announcement of the deal.

Jody Gerson, the chief executive of Universal’s publishing division, added, “To represent the body of work of one of the greatest songwriters of all time — whose cultural importance can’t be overstated — is both a privilege and a responsibility.”