Which Music Stars have made the Most Money Selling off their Songs?


An ever-growing number of superstar musicians and songwriters are cashing in on their back catalogs to the tune of millions as traditional record companies, upstart rights firms, and investment vehicles vie for the most lucrative masters and publishing assets.

ZZ Top – $50 million

Stevie Nicks – an 80% share for $100 million

Mötley Crüe – $110-$150 million

Red Hot Chili Peppers – $140 million

Neil Young – half the rights for $150 million

The Beach Boys – $200 million

David Bowie – $250 million

Bob Dylan – $300 million

Bruce Springsteen – $500 million

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