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Paul Simon sells song catalog to Sony Music Publishing

Financial details of Paul Simon's deal to sell

Financial details of Paul Simon's deal to sell his songs to Sony Music Publishing were not announced. Credit: Invision / AP / Evan Agostini

Paul Simon is the latest icon to sell his rich catalog of songs.

Sony Music Publishing announced Wednesday that it has acquired Simon's catalog, which includes six decades of music, from his time in Simon & Garfunkel to his solo career. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Bob Dylan and Shakira recently sold their full catalogs, while Stevie Nicks sold a majority of her catalog and Neil Young sold 50% of his.

Simon has won 16 Grammy Awards and has recorded such memorable songs as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "The Boxer," "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock" and "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

"I'm pleased to have Sony Music Publishing be the custodian of my songs for the coming decades. I began my career at Columbia/Sony Records and it feels like a natural extension to be working with the Publishing side as well," Simon, 79, said in a statement.

Simon and Art Garfunkel had one of the most successful collaborations in recording history. The two skyrocketed to fame writing and recording the songs for the 1967 movie hit "The Graduate." They parted ways in 1970, but Simon continued to flourish as a solo performer with the 1986 album "Graceland," inspired by South African township music, being a multiplatinum-selling career highlight.

Sony Music Publishing also represents catalogs by Motown, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Ashford & Simpson, Leonard Cohen and more.

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