12/16/21 Rock News
— Bruce Springsteen is selling his entire catalog to Sony Music for about 500-million dollars. Billboard says Springsteen’s catalog includes over 300 songs, 20 studio albums, 23 live albums and seven EPs. The deal beats out Bob Dylan’s recent sale to Universal for almost 400-million dollars, and could be the largest catalog deal ever for a single musician.
— An early recording of the late Whitney Houston has sold at auction for nearly a million dollars as a non-fungible token. The winning bid makes it the highest-priced NFT auction item on the Tezos blockchain. The never-before-released demo was recorded by Houston when she was only 17. The NFT auction ended Tuesday during Miami Art Week, with proceeds going to the Whitney E. Houston Foundation, which supports and empowers young people.
— A new star-studded video has been made for George Harrison’s classic “My Sweet Lord.” The concept video features former SNL stars Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer as “metaphysical special agents” on an assignment from Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who are searching for “that which can’t be seen.” Along the way, they bump into Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Weird Al Yankovic and other celebrities. The video is part of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of George Harrison’s landmark 1970 album “All Things Must Pass.” A box-set reissue of the album is up for a Grammy award.
— Pink Floyd has released 12 live albums from the early 70s on Spotify and other streaming platforms. The bootleg recordings were taped at Pink Floyd concerts from 1970 to 1972, and appear with a copyright from Pink Floyd Music. The band hasn’t commented on the release, but other veteran stars like Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Beach Boys have all released large collections in recent years to protect the copyright of their early recordings under a new European law.
— A rare David Bowie recording from 1965 is up for auction today.
The vinyl demo recording of “I Want Your Love” is by a teenage Bowie with his band, Davy Jones and the Lower Third. Variety says the 56-year-old acetate recording will be up for sale today at Wessex Auction Rooms in the UK, and is expected to fetch over 15-thousand dollars. Next month, what would’ve been David Bowie’s 75th birthday will be celebrated with a livestream concert.