'Ownership is everything': Madonna says she will NOT sell her song catalog
Madonna may be constantly setting up new benchmarks and achieving milestones in the music industry, but there is one trend she is sure not to follow.
Over the years, several high-profile artists have unloaded their music catalogs for extravagant prices. These include the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Sting to Justin Timberlake and Bob Dylan, but not Madonna. The 'Like a Prayer' singer said in an interview with Variety, "They're my songs. Ownership is everything isn't it?" She added, "That's why [manager Guy Oseary is] buying [NFTs]."
Though firm in her decision, Madonna added she is currently on the hunt for "interesting, fun ways" to rerelease her catalog and "introduce my music to a new generation."
A remix of Madonna's 1998 hit 'Frozen' went viral on TikTok last year, and the star capitalized on the popularity by officially releasing the remix in December 2021. Madonna said, "The whole thing with 'Frozen' was so fun, but I woke up one day and went, 'I'm sick of living in the past!'" adding, "I want to go on tour again, I'm a creature of the stage. That is my happy place."
Speaking to People in May, the artist had said, "I was like, 'Hey, wait a minute. What is this? This is my song." The singer added, "It all happened by divine inspiration, I guess, because then once I heard them, I wanted to make more of them and do new versions of them that had different people singing on them and doing their take on it."
Madonna also released 'Finally Enough Love,' a 16-track remix collection, exploring her domination on the Billboard Dance Club chart in June. An extended version of the compilation will be released on August 19.
2022 marks 40 years since Madonna's recording debut. The singer announced a partnership with Warner Music Group in August 2021, which gave the group representation of her entire body of work. This includes Madonna's 17 studio albums and singles, soundtrack recordings, live albums, and compilations.
A statement regarding the same promised exciting releases from the star. It read, "This new deal heralds the launch next year of an extensive, multi-year series of catalog releases that will revisit the groundbreaking music that made her an international icon." The statement also added, "For the first time, Madonna will personally curate expansive deluxe editions for many of her landmark albums, as well as introduce unique releases for special events, and much more."
Madonna recently made an appearance at Britney Spears' wedding, where she sang her 1990 classic 'Vogue.' She is also working on a biopic based on her life.