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Pink Floyd eyes catalog sale

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Pink Floyd may be the latest older music artist to score a big deal for the rights to its hit songs, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The market for older song catalogs doesn't appear to be drying up anytime soon.

Details: Pink Floyd has reached out to potential buyers for its recorded music catalog, including its album "Dark Side of the Moon," one of the most popular releases in music history.

  • A potential deal could be worth in the "hundreds of millions," according to Bloomberg.

By the numbers: At least $5 billion was spent on catalog and music rights acquisitions in 2021, according to estimates by music trade publication Music Business Worldwide.

  • Since 2020, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Sting and Bruce Springsteen have scored massive nine-figure deals.
  • So far in 2022, we've seen Warner Chappell Music acquire the global publishing rights to Bowie's catalog for $250 million.

Between the lines: This is eerily reminiscent of when streaming video services were paying gigantic sums for reruns of classic sitcoms like "Friends" and "Seinfeld."

  • In much the same way, this is all being driven by streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music.

Yes, but: Investors may be overpaying. Older acts get fewer online streams compared to younger artists.

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