Queen’s Catalog Is About To Be Sold

Queen is finally close to selling its library, and it could possibly be in an exclusive phase with an unidentified buyer.

The sources claim that Queen is aiming for a $1.2 billion payout, and that the music assets include published music, recorded music, and ancillary revenue streams. The 2018 blockbuster movie Bohemian Rhapsody, merchandising, and other licensing opportunities are some of these supplemental cash streams.

The agreement might also include income on the North American master recordings catalog, which Queen at some point sold to Hollywood Records, a division of Disney, after the label started licensing the band’s music in the early 1990s.

Hollywood has previously insisted that Queen’s master recordings were acquired for life of copyright. This could imply that the label has 35 years to release the band’s subsequent albums in the United States, as U.S. copyright law permits creators to end and reclaim their copyright after that time.

Since the band began hawking the catalog in May 2023, there have been many media claims regarding Queen’s pursuit of a record $1 billion sale, the first of which was published by Music Business Worldwide. Many of those reports claimed that Queen was in talks with Universal Music Group and that the band’s owner, Disney, was also contacted.

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