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
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
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
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...
December 8, 2020
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...
November 19, 2020
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...
November 16, 2020
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...
November 11, 2020
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
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...
October 26, 2020
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...
October 23, 2020
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,...
October 23, 2020
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...
October 13, 2020