Buying catalogues is a sprint, but managing them is a marathon
It’s easy to buy a catalogue of songs – well, it is if you have the money, obviously – but the challenge of managing them well to grow revenues is an important challenge. “Marketing is absolutely at the core...
January 21, 2021
Publishers and PROs ‘disappointed’ as US consent decrees are unchanged
The US Justice Department has decided to leave the ‘consent decrees’ governing public performances of music unchanged, sparking an unimpressed response from publishers and collecting societies there. This is the legislation...
January 18, 2021
Hipgnosis adds £200m to debt facility for more acquisitions
It’s a day off for announcements of new Hipgnosis catalogue acquisitions, but there is still news about the company to report. It has increased its debt facility by £200m to £600m (around $814.4m) as it prepares to...
January 8, 2021
Mechanical Licensing Collective picks more tech partners
The US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has announced four more tech partners for its ‘Data Quality Initiative’. It will be working with Blokur, Exactuals, Music Data Services and TuneRegistry on its efforts...
December 10, 2020
Hipgnosis buys independent publisher Big Deal Music
We know that Hipgnosis Songs Fund likes buying publishing catalogues, and sometimes recordings rights too. But now it’s also buying publishing companies. Well, one publishing company this morning: Big Deal Music, which...
September 10, 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
HFA is now included in to Eminem publisher’s Spotify lawsuit
In August last year, music publisher Eight Mile Style sued Spotify, accusing the streaming service of willful copyright infringement. The company, which represents Eminem’s works, claimed that Spotify made available...
July 3, 2020
Peloton recently added music from ‘thousands’ of publishers
Fitness firm Peloton is one of the businesses for whom the Covid-19 pandemic has a silver lining, with many people unable to visit gyms and thus working out at home. The company’s latest quarterly financial results reveal...
May 7, 2020
TikTok has label licences, but publishers are threatening to sue
We reported last week on TikTok signing short-term licensing deals with major labels, as a bridge to longer agreements at a later date. However, Bytedance’s social app still has some licensing headaches on the publishing...
April 6, 2020
Publishers awarded $189k in damages in Wolfgang’s case
A long-running legal action against Wolfgang’s Vaults over its streaming of archive concerts has resulted in music publishers being awarded $189,500 in damages. There were 197 separate songs listed in the suit, with 167...
March 25, 2020
Sound Royalties backs Wyclef Jean’s Carnival World Music Group
Fugees and solo star Wyclef Jean has founded a music publisher and distributor that will focus initially on working with songwriters and artists in Africa. It’s called Carnival World Music Group, and now it has some financial...
December 18, 2019
Music publishers mull challenges of India’s evolving market
Music-publishing body ICMP has just held its latest board meeting, in Mumbai, as part of a week-long delegation to India to hold talks with the government, music-industry entities and media in the country. “We came to India...
November 28, 2019