Hipgnosis report: catalogue growth, TikTok success, NFTs and more
Hipgnosis Songs Fund has published its interim results for the first half of its latest financial year, covering the six months to 30 September.
December 17, 2021
Could an investment fund evolve into a major publisher?
The dealmaking around music rights continues, with this morning's news pile including Tempo Music acquiring a majority stake in some of Korn's recordings and compositions, and Round Hill Music striking a long-term administration...
November 2, 2021
The Sandbox Guide to.. The future of sync, and what it means for you
Today, hundreds of thousands of artists release music and an equally huge number of content creators require music for their output. Sync has become a more nuanced instrument for all involved – and one that’s still a...
October 7, 2021
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