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Queen’s music catalog could sell for over $1 billion, source says

May 29, 2023, 10:55 AM

(From left): Drummer Roger Taylor, singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, and bassist John De...

(From left): Drummer Roger Taylor, singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, and bassist John Deacon of British rock band Queen in 1973. (Michael Putland/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

(Michael Putland/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

(CNN) — The songs of Queen are known the world over, and the band’s body of work might soon sell for a staggering sum.

A source familiar with the music acquisition tells CNN that discussions are “well underway” for Universal Music Group to acquire Queen’s catalog from Disney Music Group.

The source added that the sale could surpass $1 billion and that the deal is “expected to close within one month.”

A spokesperson for Disney Music Group, however, told CNN the company has no plans to sell the catalog.

Bruce Springsteen previously made headlines in December 2021 with the sale of his song catalog, with the total in the vicinity of $500 million.

That sum remains arguably the highest amount a music catalog has sold for, but if the Queen sale goes through, a new record will be set.

The billion dollar total for Queen’s music is surely that high thanks in part to the 2018 Oscar-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which told the story of the band’s inception with a focus on late frontman Freddie Mercury, thereby inspiring a resurgence in popularity of the band’s music.

Justin Bieber, the estate of David Bowie and Sting have all recently completed sales of their respective music catalogs as well.

Related: The sound and lyrics of music can heal the mind, heart

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Queen’s music catalog could sell for over $1 billion, source says