Rightsholders play catalogue hokey cokey with Resso and Meta
In, out, in, out, shake it all about! It being your music catalogue if you're a rightsholder wanting to make a point when negotiating...
September 21, 2022
Investment firm Francisco Partners buys controlling stake in Kobalt
After months of speculation about whether Kobalt was up for sale, who might buy it and for how much, finally some concrete news.
September 8, 2022
Kobalt to launch a collection of music NFTs based on lyrics
While artists and labels have hogged the headlines when it comes to launching music NFTs, publishers are exploring how they can get involved too.
August 19, 2022
Kobalt US pullout gives Meta another licensing headache
Meta is having... let's call it a 'difficult' month for its music-licensing strategy.
July 25, 2022
Republic Records and Doja Cat bag 2022 Clio Music Awards
The annual Clio Awards were set up to celebrate creative music marketing and advertising, and they're always a great showcase of the latest campaigns.
May 16, 2022
Downtown Music and Kobalt suspend operations in Russia
Yesterday's announcements from Sony Music, WMG and FUGA were swiftly followed by the two companies revealing their plans.
March 11, 2022
Kobalt publishing revenues grew 9.6% in its last fiscal year
Money has been flowing into Kobalt Music Group's coffers in recent times, thanks to its sale of AWAL, its neighbouring rights business, and two of its music rights funds.
March 8, 2022
Kobalt ‘doubling down on publishing and AMRA’ after KKR sale
Kobalt has confirmed that it is selling its Fund II Music Rights publishing catalogue to investment firms KKR and Dundee Partners for $1.1bn.
October 20, 2021
KKR-led consortium tipped again to buy Kobalt songs catalogue
The Financial Times reported that KKR will lead a consortium to buy the catalogue for around $1.1bn, with the family office of former Goldman Sachs partner Stephen Hendel also involved.
October 13, 2021
Kobalt financials reveal $53m operating loss for fiscal 2020
Kobalt has announced that it turned a profit in its latest fiscal year, although that announcement was accompanied by financial results for the previous year showing its operating losses growing. We’ll take the results...
July 1, 2021
Sony Music’s $430m Awal acquisition makes waves. What next?
By now, you’ll almost certainly have seen the news that Sony Music is buying Kobalt’s label and distribution arm Awal, and its neighbouring rights division. After the initial announcement, the price paid was confirmed...
February 2, 2021
Hipgnosis ups the ante with $322.9m Kobalt Capital deal
Like a child scrambling to spend their birthday money on V-Bucks or Robux within seconds of being given it, Hipgnosis Songs Fund isn’t wasting any time spending its latest injection of cash from investors. This morning...
November 2, 2020