Hipgnosis is launching a new songwriters guild in the US
Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis has been leading the demands for songs (as opposed to recordings) to get a bigger share of streaming royalties.
September 20, 2021
NMPA boss defends major publishers against Hipgnosis criticism
One of the most sensitive talking points at the UK's recent music-streaming economics inquiry was publishing royalties. Specifically whether publishing should get a bigger share of the streaming pie.
September 10, 2021
Hipgnosis and Serenade to launch Super Furry Animals NFTs
To celebrate the re-release of the band’s (excellent!) ‘Rings Around The World’ album, four NFTs based on the album artwork will be released.
August 31, 2021
Hipgnosis’s Christine McVie deal exposes publishing tensions
Is Hipgnosis ruffling the feathers of the industry’s biggest publishers, or are they simply keen to ensure people understand the intricacies of shared rights ownership?
August 13, 2021
Hipgnosis raises another £156m from latest share placing
Fresh from publishing its latest annual report, Hipgnosis Songs Fund has raised yet more money to spend buying up music catalogues. This time it’s a share placement that raised £156m (around $215m), a few million...
July 7, 2021
Hipgnosis financials reveal growth and future plans
Hipgnosis is spending a LOT of money buying up music catalogues, but is it making much money from managing them? The company's latest annual report offers new insight into its business, and how founder Merck Mercuriadis...
July 6, 2021
Hipgnosis plans to raise £150m from latest sale of shares
Hipgnosis Songs Fund wants to buy more songs for its fund, but to do that it’s going to have to raise more money. And so it is: the publicly listed company is going to be selling £150m (around $211m) worth of shares to...
June 17, 2021
Hipgnosis says its catalogue is now worth more than $2.2bn
Hipgnosis Songs Fund saw its revenues grow to $138.4m in its last financial year, which ended on 31 March. That’s up from $83.3m the year before. Meanwhile, the company says that its catalogue has been “independently...
June 8, 2021
Hipgnosis buys Red Hot Chili Peppers catalogue for $140m+
What they got, they got to sell it to your Merck-firm! Hipgnosis Songs Fund is splashing its cash on catalogues again. Multiple reports claim that the company is buying the song catalogue of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,...
May 4, 2021
Hipgnosis Songs Fund raises another £75m for acquisitions
On the rare news-day when we don’t have a Hipgnosis catalogue acquisition to report, it feels like there’s often news of the company raising more money for its next swathe of deals instead. On Friday, Hipgnosis announced that...
February 8, 2021
Hipgnosis calls for scrutiny of label/publisher streaming splits
We reported yesterday on the publication of all the written evidence submitted to the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming. Among the strong opinions offered was Hipgnosis Songs Fund’s...
January 22, 2021
Shakira and KT Tunstall sell stakes in their music catalogues
Two more musicians are selling their rights – or at least part of them – to investment companies. Shakira is the latest to throw in her lot with Hipgnosis Songs Fund, which has acquired 100% of her music publishing rights...
January 13, 2021