Yes Members Express Happiness After Selling Music Catalogue

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last of musicians selling their music catalogs. It has been a prevalent trend amongst artists, and Yes is now a part of the deal. Warner Music is now the proud owner of the progressive-rock legends Yes’ Atlantic Records era catalog’s music rights and income streams. The band members and Warner Music’s president of global catalog, Kevin Gore, shared their thoughts about the transaction.

Gore explained, “My introduction to Yes came while working at a record store in Ohio in 1983. I loved the ‘90125’ album and went to see the band live, where I was introduced to their catalog of incredible songs. I’ve been a fan ever since, and we’re absolutely thrilled and deeply honored that the strong relationship between Yes and Warner Music will continue forever.”

In a joint statement, the Yes band members said, “The entire Yes family came together and worked enthusiastically with Warner Music Group to secure this historic deal, ensuring that these iconic recordings will continue to be curated in an optimum manner to delight their fans across more than five decades while also finding and developing new audiences for this timeless music.”

With Yes’ addition to musicians that have sold their catalogs, let’s briefly mention a few other names who followed the same path. Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Alice In Chains, Sting, Mötley Crüe, and David Crosby are some of the musicians who chose to sell their work.

Especially the pandemic became the catalyst for creating the trend, as the artist did not know which direction their careers would take because of the uncertainty that persisted at the time. What do you think about Yes’ decision to join the list of names that have gained massive sums from catalog deals?