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From Elton John not promoting his catalog to TIDAL’s user-centric funds – It’s MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up

From Elton John not promoting his catalog to TIDAL’s user-centric funds – It’s MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up

From Universal’s $54bn listing to Warner’s $270m from ‘alternative’ platforms: It’s MBW’s Weekly Round-up

Welcome to Music Enterprise Worldwide’s weekly round-up – the place we be certain that you caught the 5 greatest tales to hit our headlines over the previous seven days. MBW’s round-up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their revenue and scale back their touring prices.


The catalog acquisition market is on fireplace – and legendary songwriters (and their estates) are cashing in on what’s being described by many as a gold rush for music rights.

Iconic music makers from Neil Younger to Bob Dylan and Lindsey Buckingham have offered their catalogs previously 12 months, with hypothesis swirling in music enterprise circles about which megastar artist might be subsequent to strike a mega-bucks catalog deal. Sting, Springsteen, Bowie are within the rumor mill.

One celebrity artist who undoubtedly gained’t be becoming a member of this listing nevertheless, is Sir Elton John.

That’s in line with Rocket Leisure CEO David Furnish, John’s supervisor for the previous six years (in addition to his long-term accomplice and husband).

Requested if Elton John would possibly ever contemplate promoting his tune catalog, Furnish advised MBW: “At this stage, it’s unthinkable. The considered giving up that management in connection along with your artwork… no.”.

One catalog that would presumably be beneath new possession quickly nevertheless, is that of David Bowie, whose tune rights are reportedly on the block for roughly $200 million.

The latest information of negotiations between Bowie’s property and a possible purchaser comes simply as Warner Music Group broadcasts this week that it’s elevating $535 million so as to part-fund three new potential acquisitions.

This week on Music Enterprise Worldwide‘s Speaking Traits podcast, MBW founder Tim Ingham means that WMG may very well be in line to purchase David Bowie’s catalog, and explains why the deal would make excellent sense for the most important.

In the meantime, following SoundCloud‘s industry-first transfer again in March to launch “fan-powered royalties”, this week noticed TIDAL turn into the newest music streaming service to undertake a user-centric fee mannequin.

Beginning in 2022, TIDAL will introduce ‘Fan-centered royalties’ for its new $19.99 HiFi Plus membership possibility, which is able to see royalties attributed to HiFi Plus subscribers paid to artists primarily based on subscribers’ particular person streaming exercise.

Elsewhere this week, Common Music Group introduced its intention to focus on ‘identify and likeness’ acquisitions through a brand new partnership with Genuine Manufacturers Group, and DistroKid has turn into one of many newest corporations to enter the NFT market.

Right here’s the large music biz information from this week…


1) COULD ELTON JOHN SELL HIS SONG CATALOG? NO – IT’S ‘UNTHINKABLE’.

David Furnish, CEO of Rocket Leisure, in addition to Sir Elton John’s long-term accomplice husband, and supervisor for the previous six years, sat down for an unique interview with Music Enterprise Worldwide – which might be revealed within the upcoming This autumn problem of our sister publication, Music Enterprise UK.

Amongst many questions posed about Furnish and John’s working relationship, Furnish was requested if Elton would possibly ever be tempted to promote his tune catalog within the present local weather.

“At this stage, it’s unthinkable,” stated Furnish, with out hesitation. “The considered giving up that management in connection along with your artwork… no.”…


2) WHY IT MAKES SENSE FOR WARNER MUSIC GROUP TO BUY DAVID BOWIE’S SONG CATALOG

This week on our Speaking Traits podcast, host Louise Porter asks MBW founder Tim Ingham in regards to the information that Warner Music Group is elevating $535 million so as to part-fund three new potential acquisitions.

Ingham means that one acquisition that makes excellent sense for Warner is David Bowie’s songwriting catalog, which is reportedly on the block for round $200 million.

He factors out that Warner’s Max Lousada has already introduced an necessary take care of the Bowie property this 12 months – with Warner licensing Bowie’s complete post-1968 recordings catalog from 2023 onwards.

This may increasingly have “opened an ongoing line of negotiation” between WMG and the Bowie property.

Warner including the legendary artist’s songwriting catalog to its management of his recorded rights may very well be the right complement…


3) UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP TARGETS ‘NAME AND LIKENESS’ ACQUISITIONS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AUTHENTIC BRANDS GROUP

Common Music Group has confirmed it’s launching a strategic alliance with Genuine Manufacturers Group (ABG) to accumulate and actively handle artist manufacturers.

ABG is a world model proprietor whose portfolio already consists of iconic celeb manufacturers akin to Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali, and Elvis Presley.

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In response to a press launch, ABG makes use of these rights to create “memorable model experiences that come to life throughout key shopper touchpoints, platforms and rising media”…


4) TIDAL TO LAUNCH USER-CENTRIC ROYALTIES SYSTEM AND DIRECT-TO-ARTIST PAYMENTS

TIDAL, acquired by Jack Dorsey’s fintech fim Sq. earlier this 12 months for over $300 million, is planning to launch a user-centric royalties system for a brand new $19.99 HiFi Plus membership possibility.

Beginning in 2022, the music streaming service is planning to undertake what it calls a ‘Fan-centered royalties’ strategy for its new HiFi Plus members, and it says that it has the help from the “overwhelming majority of its file label and distributor companions”.

Talking to MBW, TIDAL COO Lior Tibon says that there are greater than 100 companions on board…


5) DISTROKID ENTERS NFT MARKET WITH ‘SELLOUTS’, MINTS 10,000 COLLECTIBLE NFTS

One other day passes, one other music firm dips its toes into the doubtless profitable world of NFTs.

BTS and Timbaland have already jumped on the NFT prepare, and NFTs that started life as artworks of cartoon apes at the moment are forming ‘metaverse’ bands.

NFT platforms are elevating severe money too, and this week, NFT platform Opulous introduced that Mark Gillespie, the founder and CEO of Three Six Zero, had joined the corporate as a Senior Advisor.

Now, the $1.3 billion valued DistroKid is collaborating with 10,000 impartial musicians to mint 10,000 distinctive and collectible NFTs that commemorate the music of every artist….


MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their revenue and scale back their touring prices.

 Music Enterprise Worldwide

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