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Brit Beat: BRIT School, Home to Adele and Amy Winehouse, Turns 30; Streaming Battle Heads to Parliament

A great British institution enjoying a post-COVID recovery is the BRIT School. The performing arts and technology college – located in Croydon, South London and funded by the…

Motley Crue Sells Catalog to BMG for $150 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

After months of negotiations, BMG has acquired the entire recorded-music catalog of Mötley Crüe in a deal sources say is valued at approximately $150 million, although other sources…

Content Lockdown Is Hurting Composers and Publishers (Guest Column)

The past two decades have been a boon for composers, AV music publishers and production music library owners as content had a certain freedom of movement between various…

Kobalt Bosses Willard Ahdritz and Laurent Hubert Talk Today’s Billion-Dollar Catalog Deal, and What’s Next

It hardly came as a surprise, but Kobalt’s second giant catalog sale in less than a year made headlines on Tuesday morning when the company announced that KKR,…

Kobalt Sells Fund II, With Songs by the Weeknd, Lorde and More, to KKR Venture for $1.1 Billion

As expected, the global investment firm KKR and Kobalt Capital Limited have announced that KKR, together with its co-invest partner, Dundee Partners, the investment office of the Hendel family,…

The Rights & Royalties Revolution in Music and Media: A VIP+ Special Report

Everywhere you look these days, the signs are hard to miss that the growth of streaming is driving an economic restructuring of the entertainment business. While that’s disruptive…

Harry Styles, Bon Jovi Win Big at 2021 Ivor Novello Awards as Universal IPO Provides Sideshow

Harry Styles, Bon Jovi and Tears For Fears were among the big winners on stage at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards in London – but events off stage…

Hipgnosis’ Merck Mercuriadis Sounds Off in Open Letter: ‘Why Is the Songwriter the Lowest-Paid Person in the Music Industry Economy?’

Hipgnosis Songs, founded by Merck Mercuriadis and launched on the London Stock Exchange in 2018, is one of the most disruptive upstarts in recent music industry history, spending…

Oh, By the Way, These 400-Plus Artifacts Are Pink: ‘Pink Floyd – Their Mortal Remains’ Exhibition Hits Hollywood

Pink Floyd fans can set the controls for the heart of Hollywood Blvd. now that a touring version of an exhibition devoted to the group’s 55-year history has…

Universal Music Publishing Disputes Hipgnosis’ Statements About Acquiring Songs by Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie

Universal Music Publishing is disputing wording by Hipgnosis Songs in a statement released Monday announcing Hipgnosis’ acquisition of a song catalog from Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, one…

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie Sells 115-Song Catalog to Hipgnosis

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie has sold her 115-title song catalog to Hipgnosis, the fast-growing music company that has spent more than $2 billion in three years acquiring rights…

Shakira fans in a frenzy, think she’s coming out as lesbian

Shakira changed her Twitter photo and header on July 12 to a blurred mix of pink, orange and white, which represent the lesbian pride flag.