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Tina Turner Sells Rights To Music Catalog To BMG

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Queen of Rock 'n' Roll Tina Turner has sold the rights to her music catalog, including hit songs like "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "The Best," to music publishing company BMG.

The deal includes Tina Turner's artist's share of her recordings, her music publishing writer's share, neighboring rights and name, image, and likeness.

Turner's solo works comprise ten studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks, and five compilations, which together have sold over 100 million records. Warner Music continues to be her record company.

BMG did not disclose how much it paid, but industry sources said the figure would be north of $50 million.

"Like any artist, the protection of my life's work, my musical inheritance, is something personal," Turner said. "I am confident that with BMG and Warner Music my work is in professional and reliable hands."

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, "Tina Turner's musical journey has inspired hundreds of millions of people around the world and continues to reach new audiences. We are honored to take on the job of managing Tina Turner's musical and commercial interests. It is a responsibility we take seriously and will pursue diligently. She is truly and simply, the best."

(Photo: Alberto Venzago)

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