Sting, 70, ‘in advanced talks to sell his extensive song catalogue for £210million’


Sting is reportedly in advanced talks to sell his extensive song catalogue for a hefty sum of £210million ($250million). 

According to Variety, the deal is said to have been ‘dragging on for several months’, with Universal Music Publishing currently in the lead.

The publication states that though Universal is leading the charge, Sting’s back catalogue may well remain at Sony Music Publishing, where it currently is. 

Selling up? Sting is reportedly in advanced talks to sell his extensive song catalogue for a hefty sum of £210million ($250million) (pictured in 2019)

While a source is said to have told Variety that ‘a portion of the recorded-music rights to Sting’s solo material is included in the deal’, though they were unable to clarify at the time.

MailOnline have contacted representatives of Sting, Universal Music Publishing and Sony Music for comment.  

The musician, 70 – real name Gordon Sumner – has had an illustrious career spanning 50 years and boasts an impressive catalogue with hits including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take and Shape Of My Heart. 

Sting is one of the most successful artists in the world, with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, while he’s bagged 17 Grammy Awards as well as an Ivor Novello award.

In the pipeline: According to Variety , the deal is said to have been 'dragging on for several months', with Universal Music Publishing currently in the lead (Sting pictured in October)

In the pipeline: According to Variety , the deal is said to have been ‘dragging on for several months’, with Universal Music Publishing currently in the lead (Sting pictured in October)

In 2003, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while he’s released five studio albums with the Police and his 14th solo studio album, The Bridge, is set to come out on Friday. 

The alleged deal with Sting comes seven months after Paul Simon sold his entire music collection in a deal with Sony Music Publishing.

The 80-year-old rocker’s deal covers over six decades worth of music from Simon & Garfunkel hits such as Bridge Over Troubled Water to solo tracks such as 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.

The value of the deal is undisclosed, by Simon has said that he was ‘pleased’ to have Sony as ‘custodian of my songs for the coming decades’.

He added: ‘I began my career at Columbia/Sony Records and it feels like a natural extension to be working with the Publishing side as well.’ 

The star’s back catalogue includes a plethora of solo hits and songs from his partnership with Art Garfunkel including The Sound Of Silence, The Boxer, Mrs Robinson, You Can Call Me Al and Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard.

Paul joined a long list of music artists who’ve handed over their publishing rights to record companies. 

Neil Young sold 50% of his catalogue Hipgnosis Songs Fund for approximately $150m (£109m) in January this year.

While Bob Dylan earned almost $400m (£290m) after selling his songs to Universal Music.

Meanwhile Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry and Shakira are among other big names to trade their future royalties for huge sums of money. 

Elsewhere, Sting recently paid tribute to a former pupil he used to teach passed away.

Sting who used to be a teacher before he found fame with the pop group The Police told of his sadness of the death of Kevin Anderson.  

The rocker taught him when he was a teacher in Cramlington Northumberland and earlier this year took to social media to talk of his sadness of his passing. 

New deal: The alleged deal with Sting comes seven months after Paul Simon, 80, sold his entire music collection in a deal with Sony Music Publishing (pictured in 2018)

New deal: The alleged deal with Sting comes seven months after Paul Simon, 80, sold his entire music collection in a deal with Sony Music Publishing (pictured in 2018)

He said of his death: ‘He was a lovely lad, full of joy and hope and not a bit of mischief.’  

Adding: ‘I loved all of those kids, but Kevin particularly had a heart of solid gold and a special place in mine.’

He posted a picture a series of picture of Kevin including one of him as a boy and from them meeting up again in recent years backstage at one of his shows.

Kevin even made it into the rock stars autobiography as the star recalled his life as a teacher in the north east of England,

He said that remembered that Kevin pretended to be his mum by putting on a high pitched voice to take a day of school.    

Sting finished his tribute saying: ‘I’m completely gutted, I still think of Kev as a cheeky wee bairn, I can’t believe he’s gone.

‘God bless ye son, may ye rest in peace. ‘Mr Sumner.’ 

Sadness: Sting recently paid tribute to former pupil Kevin Anderson who recently died - the pair pictured backstage with the star  who taught him when he was a teacher in the Northeast

Sadness: Sting recently paid tribute to former pupil Kevin Anderson who recently died – the pair pictured backstage with the star  who taught him when he was a teacher in the Northeast 

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