Bob Dylan’s all songs sold to Universal Music

Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs dating back 60 years is being acquired by Universal Music Publishing Group, AP reported. The catalog contains 600 song copyrights including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” and “Tangled Up In Blue.”

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the catalog may be the most prized in the music industry. Four years ago, when Michael Jackson’s estate sold the remaining half-share that it owned in the artist’s catalog, it fetched $750 million.

“Brilliant and moving, inspiring and beautiful, insightful and provocative, his songs are timeless, whether they were written more than half a century ago or yesterday,” Sir Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group, said in a prepared statement. Dylan’s songs have been recorded more than 6,000 times, by various artists from dozens of countries, cultures and music genres.

Dylan topped the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015 and the song “Like A Rolling Stone” was named by the magazine as the best ever written. He was strongly influenced by bluesman Robert Johnson and singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie, but added a lyrical depth to their music that eventually earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. He was the first songwriter to receive the award.

Dylan first entered the public scene with New York City’s Greenwich Village folk during the early 1960s. When he brought an electric guitar on stage in 1965, he split the music community in what was then considered a radical departure for an artist. The artist has then sold more than 125 million records globally.

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