Sting has sold his entire songwriting back catalogue, including solo work and material by The Police, to the Universal Music Group (UMG).
The Tyneside-born singer’s old band had hits with tracks including Every Breath You Take and Roxanne.
He then went on to enjoy solo success with songs like Fields Of Gold, and has won 17 Grammys and three Brit Awards.
The move marks the publishing group’s latest big acquisition, after it struck a deal with Bob Dylan in 2020.
It also comes amidst a years-long record industry spending spree, with record labels and investment firms snapping up the rights to songs and recordings by the likes of David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Tina Turner, as well as Blondie, Taylor Swift, David Guetta and Shakira.
“It is absolutely essential to me that my career’s body of work have a home where it is valued and respected – not only to connect with long-time fans in new ways, but also to introduce my songs to new audiences, musicians and generations,” said 70-year-old Sting, who has been on the Universal music label for most of his career.
“Throughout my career, I have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with UMG as my label partner, under the watchful guidance of Lucian (Grainge), so it felt natural to unite everything in one trusted home, as I return to the studio, ready for the next chapter.”