The Beib Sells His Music Rights

Tameka's Take
2 min readJan 25, 2023
The Beib Sells His Music Rights

The Beib Sells His Music Rights — Pop star Justin Bieber has sold his share of the rights to his music to Hipgnosis Songs Capital for an estimated value of $200 million. The firm now owns the pop star’s stake in some of the biggest hits of recent years, including “Baby” & “Sorry.” Bieber, one of the best-selling artists of the 21st century. He joins a growing group of artists who have cashed out on their catalogues.

The move means Hipgnosis will receive payment every time a song they own or part of is played in public.

The company, a $1 billion venture between financial giant Blackstone and the British Hipgnosis Song Management. Acquired Bieber’s publishing copyrights to his 290-song back catalogue. That includes all of his music released before December 31, 2021, and his writer’s share. The star’s artist rights to his master recordings were also acquired in the deal.

Hipgnosis has not disclosed the terms of the deal, but a source told the news agency AFP it was worth around $200 million. Artists are increasingly selling stakes in their work to music funds. Including Justin Timberlake and Shakira, who have also struck deals with Hipgnosis. But the trend is more common among older artists. In the last two years, music legends Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen both sold back catalogue rights to Sony. Springsteen received a reported $500 million for the sale of his life’s work.

The Hipgnosis Songs Fund is building up a catalogue of hit songs & inviting big institutional investors to share in the proceeds. The fund floated on the London Stock Exchange in July 2018. The man who founded it, Merck Mercuriadis, previously said hit songs can be “more valuable than gold or oil.” “The impact of Justin Bieber on global culture over the last 14 years has truly been remarkable,” he said, announcing the latest deal.

The Beib Sells His Music Rights

This move by Bieber is a reflection of the increasing trend of artists cashing out on their catalogues. The trend is particularly prevalent among older artists. Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen both sold their catalogue rights to Sony in the last two years. The Hipgnosis Songs Fund; which floated on the London Stock Exchange in July 2018. They building up a catalogue of hit songs and inviting big institutional investors to share in the proceeds.

The sale of Bieber’s share of rights to his music marks a significant milestone in the career of the pop star, who has been one of the best-selling artists of the 21st century.

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