Paul Simon is the latest in a series of old pop and rock heroes to sell off the entire catalog. For a secret sum, he gives away six decades of hits, from both his solo career and the Simon & Garfunkel period. The buyer is the record company Sony.
Although the sum is uncertain, there is reason to believe that Simon has rushed with a good chunk of money. Last year, Bob Dylan sold all his songs to Universal for $ 400 million, and Neil Young has raised $ 150 million for half the catalog, according to the BBC.
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– A privilege
And with classics like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Mrs. Robinson », it is unlikely that the icon has received small coins. And it’s an agreement both parties seem to be happy with.
– Being entrusted with his songs and recordings is a privilege, says Sony CEO Rob Stringer. The artist himself says that he is “happy that Sony will take care of my songs in the coming decades”.
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A little piece of music history
Paul Simon started his career in the late 50’s, and quickly became one of the greats of the people’s movement – along with artists such as Bob Dylan. Many people probably know him particularly well for his collaboration with Art Garfunkel. According to the BBC, the duo first went by the name “Tom and Jerry”, and did not have success until releasing music such as “Art & Garfunkel”.
The duo really entered music history with hits in the 60’s, but Paul Simon also released many popular songs and albums as a solo artist. It is thus a central part of the pop music canon Sony has acquired now.
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