Shakira sells music publishing rights to UK company

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Thu, 2021-01-14 10:41

NEW YORK: The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a
U.K.-based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning
superstar Shakira’s music publishing rights.

Hipgnosis made the announcement Wednesday. The part-Lebanese
singer’s catalog includes 145 songs, including “Hips Don’t
Lie,†“Whenever, Wherever,†“La Tortura,†“She Wolfâ€
and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).â€

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Shakira, who released her debut album in 1991 at age 13, rose to
international fame with her third album, 1995’s “Pies
Descalzos.†The multitalented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist
took the American pop scene by storm when she made her U.S.
language debut, “Laundry Service,†in 2001. She’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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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“Being 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 — long before I sang — 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,†Shakira
said in a statement. “I’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 Shakira’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
Group.

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Shakira sells music publishing rights to UK company