Sting sells his entire back catalog of Universal music in a deal that is said to cost £ 183 million

Sting sells ENTIRE back catalog of Universal music in “£ 183 million deal”


Sting sold his entire back music catalog to Universal for £ 183 million ($ 250 million).

The label already owns both his solo work and his albums with The Police – including hits such as Roxanne, Every Breath You Take and Fields Of Gold.

Universal Music Group (UMG), which has been home to the musician raised by North Tyneside throughout his career, will now feature both his song catalog and the recorded music catalog.

Sold: Sting has sold his entire back catalog of Universal music in a deal that is said to be worth £ 183 million ($ 250 million) – pictured in 2018.

This comes after the band acquired Bob Dylan’s entire back catalog in December 2020 for £ 220 million ($ 300 million).

The 70-year-old Sting said: “It is absolutely important for me that the works in my career have a home where they are valued and respected – not only to connect with longtime fans in a new way, but also to present 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 (Grange), so it felt natural to put everything together in a trusted home as I returned to the studio ready for the next chapter.

Fields Of Gold: The label already owns both his solo work and his albums with The Police – including hits such as Roxanne, Every Breath You Take and Fields Of Gold (pictured in 2019)

Born Gordon Sumner, Sting rose to fame as a songwriter and bassist for the New Wave rockers The Police from 1977 to 1984, after which he left to pursue a solo career.

He won 17 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for Every Breath You Take in 1984, three Brits and various other awards.

Sir Lucian Grange, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said: “I have had the privilege of working with Sting for more than 20 years and I am so excited to expand our relationship to include music publishing now.

Group: He has won 17 Grammys, including Song of the Year for Every Breath You Take in 1984, three Brits and various other awards

“Sting is a genius of songwriting whose music penetrates world culture. We are honored that by choosing UMPG for his music release, all of Sting’s work as a songwriter – from police to his solo work – will be within the UMG family.

“This is a responsibility that we do not take lightly, as well as a great affirmation of what we have built for the artists at UMG.”

Sting was represented in the deal by American entertainment lawyer Alan Grubman, who also represented the estate of David Bowie during negotiations for the lucrative acquisition of the publishing rights of the late musician from Warner Chappell Music.

Artists, including Mick Fleetwood, Neil Young and Blondie singer Debbie Harry, have also sold interest in their music over the past two years.

Every Breath You Take: Sting has won 17 Grammys, including Song of the Year for Every Breath You Take in 1984, three Brits and various other awards.

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Sting sells his entire back catalog of Universal music in a deal that is said to cost £ 183 million

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