Earlier today, Warner Music Group and the Estate of David Bowie announced a new partnership in which WMG will now have worldwide rights to Bowie's entire career-spanning catalogue [save a few early releases such as his self-titled 1967 Deram album]. Currently, WMG's agreement spans the period of 1968-1999, but the new deal will bring the late superstar's 2000-2016 recordings under the Warner umbrella, too, including his latter-day triumphs Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, and Blackstar. These albums will become part of the Warner catalogue in 2023.
Since WMG's acquisition of Parlophone Records in 2013, archival releases from the Bowie vaults have been released with frequency. Among the most notable projects is the series of Era box sets collecting his albums discography, of which there have been four to date. The announcement this morning confirmed the upcoming arrival of the fifth Era box after a three-year hiatus in the series. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) is set for release this fall. While the exact date and contents are to be announced, one can expect the box to include the core albums Black Tie White Noise (1993), 1. Outside (1995), Earthling (1997), and hours (1999), and more. While it appears that the discography of Tin Machine will be overlooked in the Era series, it's hoped that the unreleased Toy (2001) will premiere as part of the collection.
Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group noted in the press release, "It's an incredible honor to have been chosen as the stewards of one of the most important and dynamic bodies of creative work in modern culture. The impact of Bowie's repeated reinvention and endless experimentation continues to resonate around the world - through the genres he transformed, the timeless songs and sounds he invented, and the immeasurable influence he's had on music, art, and fashion. We're excited that our expanded partnership with the Bowie estate will help us deliver innovative, career-spanning projects and attract new generations to his extraordinary musical universe."
Kevin Gore, WMG's President of Global Catalog, remarked, "To be entrusted with this phenomenal body of work is truly gratifying. For the past eight years, we've enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Bowie estate, collaborating on a fantastic series of releases. Nigel [Reeve] and our entire catalog team have taken great care to be thoughtful and steadfast in our promise to stay true to his artistic vision, while revealing previously unheard music and framing his genius in fresh contexts. With the addition of his immensely powerful later work to the Warner Music portfolio, we're looking forward to bringing Bowie's music to fans across the globe for many years to come."
Watch this space for more news on Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) and future David Bowie releases from WMG/Parlophone.
In other news, Rod Stewart has announced a new studio album for November 12. His 31st studio set, Tears of Hercules features nine original songs as well as three covers from the songbooks of Johnny Cash ("These Are My People"), Soul Brothers Six ("Some Kind of Wonderful"), and "Rhythm of My Heart" author Marc Jordan (title track "The Tears of Hercules").
Tears of Hercules is co-produced by Kevin Savigar, a key Stewart collaborator since 1978 and the co-producer of his last three albums. Savigar and Stewart co-wrote the lead single "One More Time" (streaming now on YouTube and all streaming services) as well as "Hold On," "All My Days," and "I Can't Imagine," the latter with guitarist Emerson Swinford. "Born to Boogie (A Tribute to Marc Bolan)," celebrating Rod's late friend, was penned by Stewart and Swinford.
Rod Stewart plans on returning to the road next July for a North American tour of nineteen dates. He's currently planned to take the stage at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace next month for a residency of Rod Stewart: The Hits. Tears of Hercules is due November 12 from Warner Records in CD, LP, and digital formats. It's available now for pre-order from Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada.