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December 16, 2021

Bruce Springsteen sells master recordings of music, publishing rights to Sony for $500 million

The deal could be the highest-ever paid of a single artist's catalog of songs. It comes a year Bob Dylan sold his discography for $300 million

Legendary performer Bruce Springsteen is following in the footsteps of other big name musicians, selling his master recordings and music publishing rights to Sony in a reported $500 million deal, according to Billboard.

The sale, which includes recordings of Springsteen's entire discography, is not unheard of. Last year, Bob Dylan made a similar deal with Universal Music Group for $300 million.

Further information about the sale is seemingly being kept under wraps, as neither Sony nor Springsteen have released a public statement detailing the transaction.

The New York Times notes that the massive agreement may be the largest ever struck for a single artist's body of work. 

The sale will give Sony complete ownership of the Jersey-native's collection, including hits like "Born to Run," "Dancing in the Dark, " and "Blinded by the Light." 

The expansive catalog, which spans the performer's nearly five-decade career, includes over 300 songs, 20 albums, 23 live EPs, and 7 EPs. 

But don't expect a "Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce's Version)" à la Taylor Swift anytime soon. 

Springsteen has owned the rights to his masters since at least the 1990s, according to Pitchfork. He has also owned the rights to his songwriting catalog since the 1970s, though this sale is one in a collection of large-scale deals involving labels purchasing whole collections from major artists. 

Other than Springsteen and Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Shakira, and Neil Young – to name just a few – have sold some or all of their rights for massive deals.

Springsteen has been busy this year, even teasing a tour with the E Street Band for 2022, though no details have been released. He took "Springsteen on Broadway" back to the stage this summer, performing at the St. James Theatre from July until September. 

His podcast with his close friend and former President Barack Obama, "Renegades: Born in the U.S.A" has garnered major media attention and a new book, which was published on Oct. 26.