The passing of Tina Turner was a tough loss for the music industry. Millions of people across the globe celebrated the life of the rock and roll legend, who lived to the age of 83.
Prior to passing away, Turner took matters into her own hands to preserve her music. As previously shared by AfroTech, the late entertainer sold the rights to her music catalog to BMG in October 2021.
The deal with the music company included Turner’s artist’s share of her recordings, her music publishing writer’s share, neighboring rights, and her name, image, and likeness.
“Like any artist, the protection of my life’s work, my musical inheritance, is something personal,” Turner shared in the statement, per Reuters. “I am confident that with BMG and Warner Music my work is in professional and reliable hands.”
Since then, Turner’s music has been looked after by Universal Music Group, which owns BMG. However, just how much revenue is her hit records bringing in on an annual basis?
Turner’s biggest hit during her musical reign was “What’s Love Got to Do with It?,” according to Billboard. Starting on Sept. 1, 1984, the song stayed at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Other hits of hers include “Proud Mary,” “The Best,” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome).”
Before retiring in 2009 after closing out her “Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour” — one of the highest-grossing tours of all-time, per Page Six — Turner released nine studio albums. Her final recorded album, released in 1999, is titled, “Twenty Four Seven.”
After starting her successful solo career, Turner sold over 100 million records worldwide, as previously shared by AfroTech.