MBW’s Weekly Roundup: Hipgnosis, Warner, Anghami, Universal Music, US streams

Welcome to Song Alternate Worldwide’s weekly round-up – where we originate sure you caught the five greatest tales to hit our headlines real by the final seven days. MBW’s round-up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the sector’s most interesting-promoting artists maximise their earnings and decrease their touring costs.

It’s the principle MBW weekly round-up of the year!

We had half of a mind to merely give Hipgnosis Songs Fund your complete list: as smartly as to securing a extra $200m credit ranking facility to remove copyrights, Hipgnosis this week: (a) Bought the royalties to Jimmy Iovine’s production catalog, at the side of recordings by Patti Smith, U2, Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty; (b) Obtained 100% of the tune rights to Lindsey Buckingham’s catalog, at the side of his huge Fleetwood Mac hits; and (c) sold 50% of Neil Young’s tune catalog for a place believed to be someplace around $150m.

However one other huge things came about this week within the industry too.

As an illustration: Warner Song Community pumped an eight-figure sum into on-line sport phenom Roblox; Spotify rival Anghami sold a stake to funding huge Shuaa Capital, and Universal Song bolstered its management in Africa.

To boot, sleek stats from MRC Recordsdata confirmed that hip-hop claimed nearly a third of all streams within the US closing year – and that rock tune became extra smartly-liked than pop tune on audio streaming platforms…

1. Hipgnosis secures one other $200m to remove tune copyrights

It’s been a notably busy week for Hipgnosis Songs Fund.

On Wednesday (January 6), it offered that a syndicated community of lenders, with JPMorgan Skedaddle Bank as Lead Arranger, had increased the company’s Revolving Credit ranking Facility from USD $400 million to $600m.

In the four days previous that news, Hipgnosis offered the acquisition of Jimmy Iovine’s future royalties from his production catalog, plus 100% of Lindsey Buckingham’s Fleetwood Mac songs.

To boot, Hipgnosis furthermore confirmed on Wednesday that it has sold 50% of the author and author allotment of Neil Young’s tune catalog. 

MBW understands the Neil Young deal place Hipgnosis within the gap of $150m.

2. Warner Song Community joins $520m funding round in on-line sport platform Roblox

Warner Song Community has invested in teenagers’ gaming phenomenon Roblox, because the platform’s proprietor, Roblox Company, plans to waft on the inventory alternate by a Spotify-model mumble list.

Warner has joined a $520m Sequence H funding round in Roblox Company at a have interaction impart place of $45.00 per allotment. The round became led by Altimeter Capital and Dragoneer Investment Community, and gives Roblox a $29.5bn valuation.

Warner is known to luxuriate in invested an eight-figure sum in Roblox, which would result in WMG proudly owning a allotment of a single percentage of the company at acknowledged valuation.

3. Anghami sells stake to Dubai funding huge Shuaa Capital

Remarkable Center Eastern Spotify rival Anghami has sold a stake to Dubai-based entirely asset administration and funding banking platform, Shuaa Capital.

Led by CEO Jassim Alseddiqi, Shuaa has $14 billion in property under administration. The company is most interesting known for its monetary companies and products, non-public equity and investments in real property.

The scale of its funding in Beirut-based entirely Anghami became undisclosed.

That’s potentially not the conclude of this myth, then again: Shuaa boss Alseddiqi just printed to Gulf News that “Anghami is [also] working on one other transaction”.


Universal Song Community has shaken up its management crew in Africa, in a switch which UMG says “underscores [our] ongoing commitment to abet and develop Africa’s domestic tune ecosystems, while furthermore creating sleek alternatives for African skills to prevail in sleek audiences globally”.

Sipho Dlamini has been promoted to CEO, Universal Song South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, efficient straight away. Dlamini will proceed to oversee all of UMG’s operations inner English-speaking Africa.

Dlamini steps up from his prior position as Managing Director of South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, which he took up when he joined UMG in 2016.

5. Virtually a third of all streams within the US closing year were of hip-hop and R&B artists (as rock beat pop to 2nd most smartly-preferred streaming genre)

Over 30% of all on-demand audio and video streams within the US closing year were of tracks recorded by R&B and hip-hop artists.

That’s in accordance with sleek stats from industry video show MRC Recordsdata, compiled with Billboard.

In the case of on-demand video streams, the ‘R&B/hip-hop’ category in truth claimed over a third of all plays, at 33.9%.

By manner of audio streams, ‘R&B/hip-hop’ claimed 30.7% of all on-demand plays. And all the diagram by audio and video streams mixed, ‘R&B/hip-hop’ claimed 31.1%.

MBW’s weekly round-up is completely supported by Centtrip, leading provider of neat treasury, foreign alternate and fee alternate suggestions for the tune industry. Uncover extra right here. Song Alternate Worldwide

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