Sony buys rights to Dylan’s recordings, past and future

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Sony Music Entertainment has purchased Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of recorded music, including "multiple future new releases."

The deal announced Monday was actually reached last July, according to Sony’s news release. It did not say how much Sony paid for the recordings.

Duluth-born and Hibbing-raised Dylan signed his first record contract with Columbia, now owned by Sony, in 1961. The deal includes all of his recorded body of work beginning whith his self-titled 1962 debut album.

The news release quoted Dylan as saying, "Columbia Records and (Sony Music Group Chairman) Rob Stringer have been nothing but good to me for many, many years and a whole lot of records. I’m glad that all my recordings can stay where they belong."

Future collaboration will include catalog reissues in Dylan’s Bootleg Series and the "opportunity" for additional projects.

Dylan has sold more than 125 million records worldwide and performs nearly 100 concerts each year.

Also Monday, Dylan announced the first dates for his three-year "Rough and Rowdy Ways" tour. It will begin in Phoenix on March 3 and includes stops across the southern U.S. in March and April.