NEW YORK: The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a
U.K.-based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning
superstar Shakiraâ€™s music publishing rights.
Hipgnosis made the announcement Wednesday. The part-Lebanese
singerâ€™s catalog includes 145 songs, including â€œHips Donâ€™t
Lie,â€ â€œWhenever, Wherever,â€ â€œLa Tortura,â€ â€œShe Wolfâ€
and â€œWaka Waka (This Time for Africa).â€
Shakira, who released her debut album in 1991 at age 13, rose to
international fame with her third album, 1995â€™s â€œPies
Descalzos.â€ The multitalented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist
took the American pop scene by storm when she made her U.S.
language debut, â€œLaundry Service,â€ in 2001. Sheâ€™s won three
Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammys, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven
Billboard Music Awards and 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Overall, Shakira has sold 80 million albums.
â€œBeing a songwriter is an accomplishment that I consider equal
to and perhaps even greater than being a singer and an artist. At 8
years old â€” long before I sang â€” I wrote to make sense of the
world. Each song is a reflection of the person I was at the time
that I wrote it, but once a song is out in the world, it belongs
not only to me but to those who appreciate it as well,â€ Shakira
said in a statement. â€œIâ€™m humbled that songwriting has given me
the privilege of communicating with others, of being a part of
something bigger than myself.â€
The announcement of Hipgnosis acquiring Shakiraâ€™s catalog
comes a week after the company purchased a 50% stake in Neil
Young’s music. Last month, Bob Dylan said he sold his publishing
rights of more than 600 songs to Universal Music Publishing
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Shakira sells music publishing rights to UK company