Tina Turner Sells Music Rights to BMG in Blockbuster Deal

Though BMG will be taking over Turner’s interests, Warner Music will remain her record company, maintaining the share of Turner’s records it has held since she began her solo career in the early 1980s.

Known as the queen of rock 'n' roll, Turner’s career continues to make an indelible impact on the music industry. Last year, her song “What’s Love Got to Do With It” was revamped by electronic producer Kygo and given new life on the Billboard charts -- including Turner's first appearance on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, where it peaked at No. 7. It also topped the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart and reached No. 20 on the Adult Contemporary Airplay chart.

Turner began her storied career in the 1960s as one-half of the duo Ike & Tina Turner, notching numerous chart hits over 15 years. As a solo artist, she racked up several top 20 placements on the Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 1 hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It," "Better Be Good to Me," "Private Dancer," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "Typical Male" and "The Best." Her life and work have since been immortalized in three different projects, including the 2021 documentary Tina, the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It and the Tony-winning stage musical Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

“Like any artist, the protection of my life’s work, my musical inheritance, is something personal. I am confident that with BMG and Warner Music my work is in professional, reliable hands,” said Turner in a statement.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch added, “We are honored to take on the job of managing Tina Turner’s musical and commercial interests. It is a responsibility we take seriously and will pursue diligently. She is truly and simply, the best.”

Turner’s music rights will join BMG’s already vast catalog, which includes works by John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Mick Fleetwood, Roger Waters, Kurt Cobain, Blondie, David Bowie, Scorpions, The Kinks, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.