Bob Dylan reaches an agreement with Universal and sells the rights to its entire catalog | Culture | DW

The American singer, songwriter, musician and poet Bob Dylan has reached an agreement with the Universal Music Group label and will sell its full catalog of more than 600 songs, equivalent to six decades of career, the company announced this Monday (12/07/2020) .

Universal Music, which listed the deal as one of the most important acquisitions in music history, includes the most famous songs by the only singer to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature (2016), as well as iconic songs from the 1960s such as “Blowin ‘In the Wind”, “The Times They are a-Changing” or “Like a Rolling Stone”.

It also includes his most recent songs, such as “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute song-poem that talks about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The record company did not specify the amount of the purchase. According to The New York Times, it could exceed $ 300 million.

“It is no secret that the art of songwriting is the fundamental key to all good music, and it is no secret that Bob is one of the greatest masters of this art,” said Universal Music Group President Lucian Grainge, in the statement.

“It is no exaggeration to say that his impressive work has earned the love and admiration of billions of people around the world. I have no doubt that in decades, if not centuries to come, Bob’s music Dylan will continue to sing and perform and will continue to be loved everywhere, “he added.

At the age of 79, Bob Dylan, who made his Greenwich Village debut in the early 1960s, has sold more than 125 million albums, and even before the pandemic he was still playing concerts regularly. Last June, 58 years after his first album, he released his first album of original songs in eight years, “Rough and Rowdy Ways”, of which “Murder Most Foul” is a part.

JU (rtre, afp, efe)