Dylan previously sold all of his copyright to Universal Music, Sony’s main competitor. That deal was about the rights to his lyrics and melodies. Sony has now managed to preserve the rights to exploit Dylan’s recordings.
The deal includes all albums from the early ’60s right up to his most recent record Rough and noisy roads From 2020. It comes to 39 albums, sixteen Selling illegallyCollections of previously unreleased outputs and materials that may be edited and released in the future.
Dylan’s books are so valuable in part because of the thousands of covers that have been made over the years – and likely to be made for a long time to come. The 80-year-old music icon has indicated that he wants to create a number of albums for Columbia Records, a Sony subsidiary.
And although Dylan – who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 – has sold his copyright to Universal Music, he’s still very happy with his long-standing association with Sony Music. “Columbia Records has only been good to me,” he said in a statement. “I’m glad all my recordings can stay where they belong.”
“Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Freelance organizer. Avid analyst. Friendly troublemaker. Bacon junkie.”