Tag: publishing

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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...
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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...
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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...
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Publishing sell-off continues with Bob Dylan and David Crosby

It’s one of the ironies of 2020 that at the same time recording artists are being encouraged to hold on to their rights wherever possible, a succession of famous songwriters have been selling their publishing catalogues...
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Round Hill Music raises $291m music royalty fund

And still the money for investment firms to spend on music copyrights keeps flowing. Round Hill Music closed its third Round Hill Music Royalty Fund yesterday, with $291m to spend on “blue chip and classic songs that...
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Blokur analysed 100 livestreams for publishing copyrights

Twitch may be catching most of the flak right now from music rightsholders, but questions around livestreams and licensing apply much further than the Amazon-owned company. One thing that would help rightsholders and collecting...
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Round Hill Music Royalty Fund raises $282m from share issue

The arms race in catalogue acquisition continues. Round Hill has announced that its Round Hill Music Royalty Fund has raised another $282m from a share issue. The money won't be burning a hole in its wallet for long, we...
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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...
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Music Ally Report:: Q3 2020 Edition

Our main feature focuses on TikTok’s eventful 2020 so far, from the deepening of its relationship with artists and the music industry to its tangles with the Trump administration, along with the rise of the short video...
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Report: independents are 27% of music publishing market

Independent publishers body IMPF has published a new 'Global Market View 2020' report offering figures for its members' share of the global publishing sector. The key stats: an estimate that the global publishing market...
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Calvin Harris sells publishing catalogue for $90m-plus

Shock news! The latest big-money deal for a publishing catalogue doesn't involve Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Dance star Calvin Harris has sold his catalogue of more than 150 songs to financial firm Vine Alternative Investments,...
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Round Hill Music confirms plans for $375m Royalty Fund IPO

The rumours were right: music publisher Round Hill Music is planning to take its songs fund public. The Round Hill Music Royalty Fund has announced plans to raise $375m through an IPO on the London Stock Exchange. You can read...