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Hipgnosis and Blackstone acquire the song catalogue of Justin Timberlake

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London-listed music assets management company Hipgnosis Song Management, in partnership with Blackstone, have acquired the song catalogue of American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor Justin Timberlake.

The acquisition — for an amount understood to be "above $100 million," according to the Wall Street Journal — has been made on behalf of Hipgnosis Songs Capital, a partnership between Hipgnosis Song Management and funds managed by Blackstone.

Hipgnosis said it has acquired 10...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Warner Chappell Music UK promotes Andrew Howell to VP of Sync

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Andrew Howell has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Sync at Warner Chappell Music UK (WCM UK). In his new role, effective June 1, Howell will continue to report to Rich Robinson, EVP and Global Head of Sync, WCM, and Shani Gonzales, Managing Director of WCM UK and Head of International A&R at WCM.

Howell joined the WCM UK team in 2016, after a career at Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV. WCM said Howell has "a great track record in placing songs from the publisher's va...

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South Korea’s KOMCA prepares to host CISAC’s May 30 General Assembly

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CEOs, creators and staff from more than 72 societies and collective management organisations from around the world will gather on May 30 in Seoul for the General Assembly of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.

The meeting is hosted by South Korea's music authors’ society Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) and coincides with the 60th anniversary celebrations of KOMCA, which holds a seat on the CISAC Board.

“I’m delighted that this year’s...

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S10 Publishing and Avex USA sign a global co-publishing deal with producer Kavi

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Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Publishing and Avex USA have signed producer and songwriter Kavi to a worldwide co-publishing deal. Kavi is the producer behind Tommy Richman's single 'Million Dollar Baby' (ISO Supremacy/Pulse Records), which has topped both Spotify and Apple Music's charts globally.

“Kavi is a creative force of nature and I am so excited to be working with Benny, Alix and the Avex team on this,” says Silverstein, Founder & CEO of S10. “We are so humbled to partner with an ama...

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