In other Bowie news, the artist’s estate sold his songwriting catalog to Warner Chappell Music.
SiriusXM launches tomorrow, January 4th, on the limited David Bowie Channel and runs through January 18th on Channel 104. The pop-up, which takes place on January 8th in honor of the late music icon’s 75th birthday, is can also be heard in full for a month in the SXM app.
The David Bowie Channel will broadcast songs from the legendary musician’s entire career, from his greatest hits to recently unearthed tracks. Both studio and live cuts will be included as well as remixes and covers. In addition, there is a special countdown to the Top 75 David Bowie Sense.
Beck, Billy Corgan, Linda Perry, Carlos Alomar, Rosanna Arquette, David Arquette and Patrick Stump will be among the celebrity guest DJs putting on tracks on the David Bowie Channel. Start listening at home via siriusxm.com/listenathome.
In other David Bowie news, Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a deal with the David Bowie estate to acquire the worldwide music publishing rights to Bowie’s catalog. The agreement covers all of the famous artist’s works as a songwriter, from his self-titled debut solo album from 1967 to 2016 Dark Star as well as the posthumous toy LP. A New York Times report estimates the transaction to be worth approximately $ 250 million.
WCM Co-Chair and CEO Guy Moot stated in a press release announcing the transaction:
“All of us at Warner Chappell are very proud that the David Bowie Estate has selected us to oversee one of the most groundbreaking, influential and enduring catalogs in music history. These are not just extraordinary songs, but milestones that have changed the course of modern music forever. Bowie’s vision and creative genius drove him to push the boundaries lyrically and musically – to write songs that challenged convention, changed conversation, and became part of the canon of global culture. His work includes massive pop hits and experimental adventures that have inspired millions of fans and countless innovators, not just in music but in all arts, fashions and media. We look forward to passionately and carefully nurturing his incomparable songs as we strive to build on the legacy of this most extraordinary person. ”
“We are delighted that David Bowie’s music is now in the capable hands of Warner Chappell Music Publishing,” added Allen Grubman on behalf of the David Bowie Estate and RZO. “We are sure that you will appreciate it and take care of it with the greatest dignity.”