David Bowie’s Estate Has Sold the Music Icon’s Complete Publishing Catalog

David Bowie's Estate Has Sold the Music Icon's Complete Publishing Catalog

Recently, Legendary artist David Bowie’s estate has decided to sell the rock music icon’s entire songwriting catalog from 1968 to 2016 to Warner Music Group’s Warner Chappell.

In one of the biggest music licensing agreements to date, this one is a shocker for all of the Bowie fans. However, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Stevie Nicks are among the musicians who have lately sold their catalogs.

David Bowie Estate’s $250M Publishing Deal

The estate of David Bowie has followed the musical golden age hitting the City and Wall Street, reportedly licensing the Ziggy Stardust star’s back catalog for $250 million.

David Bowie died in 2016, but he sold all of the publishing rights to his songwriting catalog to Warner Chappell Music (WCM) in a deal that is also for $250 million.

More lately, their financial activities have brought these musicians together: they’ve all sold the rights to entire back catalogs for million of dollars.

According to the Financial Times, Bowie’s catalog sparked a bidding war, since other firms have owned classic musicians’ publishing catalogs in the past few years.

Bowie was a forerunner in combining finance and music. In the late 1990s, he offered “Bowie bonds” to sell his future royalties.

“We are truly gratified that David Bowie’s body of music will now be in the capable hands of Warner Chappell Music Publishing. We are sure they will cherish it and take care of it with the greatest level of dignity,” Allen Grubman remarked on behalf of the David Bowie Estate and RZO.

Music Icon, David Bowie

Born on 8th January 1947 in Brixton, London, and professionally known as an English songwriter, a vocalist, and actor, David Robert Jones A.K.A David Bowie is a true achiever. 

Bowie is considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, and he is a major figure in the whole industry of music.

His paternal grandparents emigrated from Ireland and lived in Manchester. Margaret Mary “Peggy” served in a restaurant as a waitress at a cinema in Royal Tunbridge Wells when he was a child. 

Haywood Stenton “John” Jones, his father, was a promotions officer for Barnardo’s, a children’s charity based in Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Terry Burns, Bowie’s maternal half-brother, had a big effect on him growing up. Burns was ten years older than Bowie.

Not only did he struggle with schizophrenia and seizures, but he also spent time in psychiatric hospitals and at home. 

Burns exposed Bowie to most of his longtime inspirations, including modern jazz, Buddhism, Beat poetry, as well as the occult, when he was still living with him.

A considerable number of Bowie’s extended relatives, including one aunt who was hospitalized and another one who received a lobotomy, had schizophrenia spectrum illnesses, which has been attributed to an impact on his early work.


Bowie was a smart and single-minded boy who earned a reputation as a belligerent brawler while attending Stockwell Infants School till he turned six years old.

From 1953 until 1955, Bowie and his family lived in Bickley, Bromley Common, and Sundridge Park, where he went to Burnt Ash Junior School. 

Bowie attended Bromley Technical High School after passing his eleven-plus test at the end of his Burnt Ash Junior schooling.

David Bowie had graduated in art, music, and design.

David Bowie’s Love for Music

The school choir graded Bowie’s voice as “adequate,” and he revealed above-average recorder skills.

Bowie’s music skills were off the hook, he was told by many of his teachers that he is beyond imagination. He became popular in school too.

His dance in the added music and movement lessons, when he was nine years old, was incredibly inventive. All of the schoolmates loved him.

That year, his father bought him a collection of American 45s by performers, which piqued his interest in music even more. 

Bowie subsequently claimed that he “heard God” while playing Little Richard’s track “Tutti Frutti.” After Bowie saw his cousin Kristina dance to “Hound Dog” shortly after it was introduced in 1956, he was blown away. 

By the end of the year, Bowie had picked up the ukulele and began skiffle practices with mates, as well as learning how to play the piano. 

In the meanwhile, his stage performance of Presley and Chuck Berry songs had become increasingly popular.

His father used to take him to the various programs just to make his son well-aware of the industry. Bowie was always encouraged by his father when it comes to following his dreams.

Bowie majored in art, music, and design, which included typography and layout. His mother gave him a Grafton saxophone in 1961 when Burns exposed him to new jazz. 

His love for performers like Charles Mingus and John Coltrane prompted to his mother buy him a Grafton saxophone.

His Unusual Pair of Eyes

David Bowie had a peculiar pair of eyes: one was a bright blue, while the other was a gloomy black. Some individuals believe it was because of heterochromia, it is a condition in which a person’s iris colors are different.

Bowie, on the other hand, was a unique case. His eerie eyes were the consequence of a teenage brawl that led him into anisocoria, which is a condition in which the pupils of one’s eyes are different sizes.

In 1962, after a quarrel over a girl, Bowie’s friend George Underwood hit him in the left eye, causing him major harm.

His physicians found that the damage could not be properly corrected after a series of procedures over the course of a four-month stay.

Bowie’s left pupil was permanently dilated, giving him the iconic blue and black eyes.

After the fight, the boys’ friendship blossomed, and the duo remained lifetime friends and collaborators in the arts.

His Journey to Success

At the age of 15, Bowie started his first musical band, the Konrads, in 1962. Bowie told his parents of his desire to become a pop singer after he graduated from technical school the following year.

He was a member of a number of bands before leaving them unhappy. Then, in honor of 19th-century American pioneer James Bowie and the knife he promoted, he adopted the stage name, David Bowie.

In 1969, David Bowie’s single “Space Oddity” became his first success. Bowie, the original pop shapeshifter, transformed into a fanciful sci-fi figure for his breakthrough album Ziggy Stardust.

Legacy and Death

In 2006, Bowie received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award after being elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bowie’s wellbeing was put in jeopardy in 2004 when he had a heart attack whilst performing in Germany. He recovered completely. He battled liver cancer for 18 months between 2014 and 2015.

Bowie had maintained working despite his sickness and had not declared his condition apparent. On January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday, the music legend passed away peacefully.

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