It has been a few months since legendary singer / songwriters sold their publishing rights. Today one of the greatest of all time announced that it has also sold: Paul Simon’s song catalog has been acquired by Sony Music Publishing.
Sony said the deal includes the “complete collection” of Simon’s classic songs spanning more than six decades, from his time as a member of Simon & Garfunkel to his career as a solo artist.
Songs acquired include evergreen hits like The Sound of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound, I’m a Rock, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Still Crazy After all these years Graceland and many others.
Sony has not disclosed the price of this deal, but it seems inevitable that it will be a nine-figure sum.
The announcement comes almost four months after Bob Dylan sold his $ 300-400 million song catalog to Sony rival Universal Music Publishing, and three months after Neil Young sold half of his song catalog for around $ 150 had sold to the Hipgnosis Songs Fund m.
Paul Simon said, “I am delighted that Sony Music Publishing will be the manager of my songs for the decades to come. I started my career at Columbia / Sony Records and it’s a natural extension to work with the publishing industry as well. “
“Paul Simon is a masterful, one-off songwriter whose remarkable work has had a lasting impact on our culture and consciousness.”
Jon Platt, Sony Music Publishing
Jon Platt, Sony Music Publishing Chairman and CEO, said, “Paul Simon is a masterful, one-off songwriter whose remarkable work has made a lasting impact on our culture and consciousness.
“From Simon and Garfunkel standards like Bridge Over Troubled Water to solo classics like Graceland, Paul Simon’s music is a cultural touchstone for people around the world.
“Representing his indelible songs is an incredible honor for Sony Music Publishing. I am proud to welcome Paul into our family!”
Rob Stringer, Chairman of the Sony Music Group, said, “We are very honored to represent Paul Simon’s music publishing catalog. To be entrusted with his songs and recorded music is a privilege of the highest artistic order for the Sony Music Group worldwide. “
Paul Simon was represented on the transaction by Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, PC, and Sony Music Publishing was assisted by Davis Shapiro Lewit & Grabel, LLP.Music business worldwide