Amazon Music goes deep on catalogue: starts with Bob Marley
Amazon Music has announced a new initiative called [Re]Discover, which it says will focus on digging into artists' back catalogues. It's kicking off with Bob Marley this month: there's a [Re]Discover branded playlist drawn...
August 6, 2020
Hipgnosis increases its revolving credit facility to $400m
With its appetite for acquiring publishing catalogues only accelerating, Hipgnosis Songs Fund has announced an increase in its debt facility to fuel its ambitions. “The Company has entered into an agreement with a syndicated...
July 23, 2020
Hipgnosis buys catalogue of songwriter and producer RedOne
Another day, another catalogue acquisition for deep-pocketed investment firm Hipgnosis Songs Fund. This time it belongs to Grammy-winning songwriter and producer RedOne, whose credits include collaborations with Lady Gaga...
July 16, 2020
Hipgnosis Songs Fund seeks £200m of new equity financing
Hipgnosis Songs Fund has been snapping up a series of publishing catalogues in big-money acquisitions, and it has no plans to stop – but it needs another injection of funding to fuel its ambition. “With over £1...
July 6, 2020
TikTok strikes licensing deal for Prince back catalogue
There has been a lot of debate about which music licences TikTok has already, which ones it doesn’t (publishers have been particularly sharp on this one) and what it needs to do next to ensure performers and songwriters...
June 29, 2020
Classic clips from The Ed Sullivan Show coming to YouTube
Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Jackson 5… The list of iconic performances from US TV programme The Ed Sullivan Show is a long one. Many of those performances...
June 15, 2020
#LolaDay created for 50th anniversary of Kinks classic
12 June is the 50th anniversary of ‘Lola’ by British band The Kinks, and there’s a digital campaign up and running to celebrate the anniversary. A dedicated microsite to celebrate #LolaDay (as it’s...
June 5, 2020
Taylor Swift fans investigate Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club
Have you heard of Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club? The band’s profile is verified on Spotify, but they’ve only got one track available: a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’,...
May 26, 2020
SiriusXM to launch artist channels for Bowie, Eagles and more
US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM is launching a bunch of authorised artist channels on its service on 1 May. It’s a raft of big catalogue artists: David Bowie, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, George Strait, Guns N’ Roses,...
April 30, 2020
Hipgnosis acquires a 70% stake in Mark Ronson’s publishing
Hipgnosis Songs Fund is at it again. The thirsty-for-catalogue publishing company has acquired 70% of Mark Ronson’s publishing/catalogue. “Mark has been amongst the most exciting creators in the world over the...
April 23, 2020
Now That’s What I Call Music app adds free, ad-supported tier
The Now That’s What I Call Music (‘Now’ for short) compilation series has been running since 1983, evolving in the streaming era with playlists on the big DSPs, but also its own subscription-based mobile app....
April 17, 2020
BPI study reveals strength in streaming of catalogue tracks
British music industry body the BPI has been analysing its data on music streams in 2019. It includes the finding that tracks from that year accounted for 21.1% of all streams, with tracks released in 2018 accounting for...
April 9, 2020