Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from the 5 times Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bhasker.

Jeff Bhasker has collaborated on some of the biggest, most successful and most influential songs of the last 15 years including co-writing and producing the top song of the decade as recently announced by Billboard magazine in their “Top 10 Songs of the Decade” chart with ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. ‘Uptown Funk’ reached Number 1 on the singles chart in 19 countries including the US where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks. It also has been certified 11x platinum in the US and has been streamed over 1.1 billion times on Spotify alone.

In 2008 to 2012 Jeff Bhasker collaborated closely with Kanye West on his US Number 1 and platinum album ‘808s & Heartbreak’, his US Number 1 and 2x platinum album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and the Jay Z and Kanye West collaboration US Number 1 album ‘Watch The Throne’ which was certified platinum in the US. This included co-writing and producing Kanye West’s ‘All of the Lights’ featuring Rihanna, which was nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song”, and is certified 4x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK, ‘Run This Town’ by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West which won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song” at the 2009 Grammy Awards as well being certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK where it reached Number 1 in the singles chart, ‘Love Lockdown’ by Kanye West which is 3x platinum certified in the US, ‘Power’ by Kanye West which is 2x platinum certified in the US, ‘Amazing’ by Kanye West featuring Young Jeezy which is platinum certified in the US, ‘Runaway’ by Kanye West featuring Pusha T which is platinum certified in the US as well as playing credits on the US platinum certified hit ‘Monster’ by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.

Jeff Bhasker co-wrote and produced Fun’s 2012 album ‘Some Nights’, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including all three singles. The first single from the album ‘We Are Young’ featuring Janelle Monáe received three Grammy Award nominations, winning “Song of the Year” as well reaching Number 1 in 10 countries including the US and UK and being certified diamond in the US and 2x platinum in the UK. This was followed with the next two singles ‘Some Nights’ and ‘Carry On’ achieving 7x platinum and 2x platinum certifications in the US respectively. Jeff Bhasker worked again with Nate Ruess, lead singer of Fun, co-writing and producing the 4x US platinum and 2x UK platinum hit ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ by Pink featuring Nate Ruess which reached Number 1 in 19 countries including the US and on the US platinum hit ‘Headlights’ by Eminem featuring Nate Ruess.

Jeff Bhasker produced four songs on Bruno Mars’ US and UK Number 1 album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ which won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and is certified 4x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK. This included producing the Grammy Award nominated and US Number 1 ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ which is certified 7x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK and the US platinum singles ‘Young Girls’ and ‘Gorilla’.

In 2012, Bhasker co-wrote and produced two singles off Alicia Key’s US Number 1 and platinum certified album ‘Girl on Fire’ including the headline single ‘Girls on Fire’ which is certified platinum in the UK.

The Catalogue also includes Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ which is 4x platinum certified in the US and 3x platinum certified in the UK and having been streamed over 1.3 billion times is the 13th most streamed song of all time, Drake’s ‘Find Your Love’ which is 3x platinum certified in the US, Harry Styles’ UK Number 1 ‘Sign Of The Times’ which is certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK, Cam’s ‘Burning House’ which is certified 2x platinum in the US and four songs on Lana Del Rey’s album ‘Born to Die’ which is 3x platinum certified in the UK and platinum certified in the US as well as songs with Beyoncé, Snoop Dog, The Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.

In coordination with Bhasker’s management company Crescent Drive Productions and its Founder Neil Jacobson, Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Jeff Bhasker’s interest in his catalogue which comprises 436 songs. This Catalogue will be allocated to the C Shares

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“You would be hard pressed to name a creator of the last 20 years that is more important than Jeff. He has been an essential part of amongst the most culturally important and commercially successful recordings of our time with Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Drake, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Pink, Eminem, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray and so many others he has rewritten the rule book on how art makes it to Number 1. I am ecstatic to welcome Jeff and Neil into the Hipgnosis family.”

Neil Jacobson said:

“Merck is an art collector with a keen eye for masterpieces rather than say a commodities guy who is just valuing income streams. I realize when you zoom out they probably are pretty close to the same thing but it makes a difference to me and to my artists to know that whoever is acquiring this great music understands it and loves it.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs from B-Unique. 

The Kaiser Chiefs’ 2005 debut album ‘Employment’, which won the Ivor Novello Award for “Best Album”, is certified 6x platinum in the UK and includes the platinum certified ‘I Predict a Riot’, ‘Oh My God’ which reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart and the UK Top 10 ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’. With ‘Employment’ the Kaiser Chiefs won three Brit Awards in 2006, an NME Award for “Best Album” and were shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.

The Band’s second album ‘Yours Truly Angry Mob’ released in 2007 reached Number 1 in the UK Album Charts and is certified as 2x platinum in the UK and included the UK Number 1 and platinum certified lead single ‘Ruby’.

The Catalogue also includes the UK Top 5 single ‘Never Miss a Beat’ off the Band’s 2008 Number 2 album ‘Off With Their Heads’. 

The Catalogue consists of 100% of the worldwide ownership of the master rights to the Kaiser Chiefs’ first four studio albums, ‘Employment’, ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’, ‘Off With Their Heads’ and The Future is Medieval’, as well as their greatest hits album ‘Souvenir’ and their live audiovisual release ‘Live at Elland Road’. This Catalogue will be allocated to the C Shares.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“The Kaiser Chiefs have been one of the most successful English bands of the last 15 years and it’s no secret that it’s down to great songs, great albums and a terrific live show. They follow the very English tradition of The Who and Madness and incredible hits like I Predict a Riot and Ruby just get better with time. I’m delighted that Mark, Martin, James, Nick, Ricky and the band have entrusted us with this special catalogue.”

Mark Lewis & Martin Toher of B-Unique said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Hipgnosis story, Merck managed the first band signed to B-unique, we know he is a proper music man. This deal will allow us to continue working with the Kaisers and James to keep this great catalogue growing.

Martin and I shared such a commonality with the band, we both had a real underdog spirit and the fact that they are still having top 3 albums and selling more tickets than ever is a testament to their continued hunger.”

James Sandom at Red Light Management said:

“It’s great to be in business with Merck and Hipgnosis. We’re excited by the potential and fresh focus on Kaiser Chiefs classic catalogue in this new chapter, Hipgnosis’ modern thinking and resource will add value and presence to a catalogue that’s engrained in British culture.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Brand Istanbul given center stage at the 20th MARKA Conference

Brand Istanbul given center stage at the 20th MARKA Conference

Brand Istanbul given center stage at the 20thMARKA Conference

In its 20th year, MARKA Conference puts Istanbul in the spotlight, looking at every facet that this exciting city has to offer – from fashion and music, arts, culture, business, entertainment, and the latest trends – through a programme of outstanding international speakers. 

Prominent figures from all spheres of life will participate in engaging discussions at the 20th MARKA conference showcasing a myriad of groundbreaking ideas and an exciting meeting of minds.  Sir Paul Smith, one of the most respected names of the fashion world, Mary Katrantzou, who transforms fashion from individualism into a social movement, designers Ayşe and Ece Ege, who create art from fashion, Bünyamin Aydın, who drew inspiration from the streets of Istanbul and became a global household name, Sahir Erozan, who rewrote the constitution of entertainment, French designer Ora ItoCem Mirap, whose story extends from the neighborhood to the international restaurant scene, MoMA’s legendary director Glenn D. Lowry,  Mehmet Gürs, who restored the well-deserved honor of Anatolian cuisine,  British GQ Editor in Chief Dylan Jones, CEO of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, and Moroccan-French singer and actress Hindi Zahra known for her unique and unrivaled amalgamation of jazz and world music, Turkey’s greatest contemporary artist Halil Altındere, all join this year’s MARKA Conference with their new ideas and fresh statements.

Pakistani activist writer Fatima Bhutto will also bring fresh ideas to the conference. The renowned writer is one of the biggest advocates of women’s rights and the freedom of the press. Having caused quite a stir with her latest book New Kings of the World, she will focus on the reasons behind the unstoppable rise of Eastern values in the West through the eyes of an Eastern activist woman living in the West during her speech at the MARKA Conference.

Hailed as the most powerful business and ideas platform in Turkey, the MARKA Conference will take place at the palace building of Çırağan Palace Kempinski on December 18 and 19. Having dedicated its 20th year to Istanbul, a city recognized as a global travel hotspot and leading cultural and business hub, MARKA Conference is shining a light on Istanbul and all it has to offer to the world.

MARKA Conference founder Ayşegül Yürekli Şengör states, “As one of the most powerful platforms of the business world, I believe we have a very important responsibility to create a valuable and meaningful output in the 20th year of the MARKA Conference.” Inspired by İstanbul from the first day onwards – MARKA is at its heart analogous to the attributes of this beautiful city: cosmopolitan, dynamic, innovative, and inclusive of diverse perspectives.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from  Fraser T. Smith

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Fraser T. Smith

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Fraser T. Smith

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Fraser T. Smith who has co-written, mixed and produced seven UK Number 1 and two US Number 1 singles, as well as contributing to 17 Number 1 albums.

Fraser T. Smith co-wrote and produced ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ from Adele’s 2011 album ‘21’ which was crowned by Billboard 200 Albums as the “Greatest of All Time” and is the best selling album of the 21st century. In addition to winning the Grammy Award for “Best Solo Pop Performance”, ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ achieved 13 Number 1s and 35 Top 10s globally including in the US and UK and was certified 4x Platinum in the US and 2x Platinum in the UK and has been streamed over 480 million times on Spotify alone. Fraser T. Smith was also co-writer and co-executive producer on Stormzy’s seminal UK Number 1 album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, which was “British Album of the Year” at the 2018 Brit awards and became the first grime album in history to reach UK Number one as well as achieving six Top 10 chart positions globally, including co-writing and producing the seminal Platinum certified single ‘Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2’.

Fraser T. Smith is also responsible for ‘Break your Heart’ by Taio Cruz, co-written and produced by Fraser T. Smith, which reached Number 1 in 4 countries including the UK and the US where it was certified 3x Platinum (167 million Spotify streams); ‘Broken Strings’ by James Morrison featuring Nelly Furtado which achieved four Number 1 chart positions globally (165 million Spotify streams); and ‘Number 1’ by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz which was Number 1 and certified Platinum in the UK (31 million Spotify streams). He also co-wrote and produced on Jesse & Joy’s album ‘Un Besito Más’ which was nominated as ‘Album Of The Year’ in 2015 at the Latin Grammy’s and won for ‘Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album’ and ‘Best Latin Pop Album’.

The Catalogue also includes his collaborations with Kano, where he was a co-writer and producer on his 2016 MOBO Award winning album ‘Made In The Manor’; Sam Smith, on his 9x Platinum and Grammy nominated Number 1 album ‘In The Lonely Hour’. Fraser T. Smith has also co-written and produced for Dave, Plan B, Cee Lo Green and Craig David.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Fraser T. Smith’s worldwide writer share of performance income of his Catalogue which comprises of 298 songs.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“It’s an honour to welcome Fraser T. Smith and Sarah T. Smith to the Hipgnosis family. Every time I hear one of Fraser’s songs they always feel special. He writes and produces enormously successful songs that make popular music not only special but culturally important.”

Fraser T. Smith said:

“Merck’s pedigree as a music industry executive, manager and visionary is almost unprecedented – and above all, he truly realises the value of the song in popular culture. I’m excited to be part of the Hipgnosis family, and know that this part of my songwriting catalogue is in very safe hands.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

Die With Your Boots On is the name of a unique collaboration between Iron Maiden and West Ham United. Named after the 1983 song of the same name and driven by die-hard West Ham fan and founder member of the band Steve Harris, this partnership brings together two institutions with shared origins in London’s East End.

Harris has been flying the flag for West Ham on stage for decades, with his bass guitar even featuring the club’s iconic logo. His love for the Hammers goes back to 1965, as he recollects, “I went to see West Ham play against Newcastle when I was 9 and my mate was 10. We jumped on a bus and went to the game, and they won 4-3 and that was it. I was hooked!”

Many Maiden fans around the world have embraced Harris’ passion for West Ham and taken up support for the club themselves, often appearing at concerts in Hammers apparel. Steve added, “When I’m up there playing and I see fans in the audience wearing West Ham stuff it gives me goosebumps.”

Tracey Stratton, Licensing Manager at West Ham, was aware of the phenomenon. “One weekend last summer our club shop was inundated with rock fans from all across the globe, and we realised that Iron Maiden were playing two sold out shows at the O2. It makes perfect sense to launch this collaboration, and with Steve’s passion for it and attention to detail it has been amazing.”

Harris is very proud of the tie up with West Ham and was deeply involved in the design process, commenting, “I think it’s brilliant. I really love that version and colour of the crest, and that old classic kind of kit. It’s a modern shape but with a retro design, and I like that. Up the Irons!”

A full home kit will be available to fans around the world, who can now show their love for both institutions with one unique homage to the Irons. Steve launched the kit with West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who added, “Iron Maiden are a huge icon back home in South America and it’s great for fans of West Ham and the band to be able to show their support for both!”

The kit is available to order now from maiden.store/whu and www.officialwesthamstore.com. A limited number of shirts will also be made available in the West Ham store at the London Stadium upon release.

Nick Caley || Director of Corporate Communications

M: 07711 081 843

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that, following the Company’s semi-annual valuation of its Song Portfolio by an independent valuer, the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value (‘Operative NAV’) as at 30 September 2019 has increased by 5.03% to 108.46 pence per Ordinary Share (31 March 2019: 103.27 pence).

The Group expects to announce its interim results for the 6 months ended 30 September 2019 on 11 December 2019.

At 30 September 2019 the Company had no C Shares in issue therefore the first NAV for the C Shares to be published, unless already converted, will be as at 31 March 2020.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“This is an excellent NAV result, and together with the dividends paid reflects a 7.45% Total NAV Return for our shareholders for the first half of the year and a Total NAV Return of 11.96% since Hipgnosis launched 16 months ago. This is a testament to the great power of not only our songs but music and proven songs in general and supports our thesis that songs are a new asset class to be taken as seriously as gold and oil. Our results are not only positive news for Hipgnosis and our shareholders but for all songwriters.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Outernet London signs deal with AOTO to build world’s largest LED screen deployment by pixel density

Outernet London signs deal with AOTO to build world’s largest LED screen deployment by pixel density

Outernet London signs deal with AOTO to build world’s largest LED screen deployment by pixel density

Outernet Global, a worldwide network of city-centre, high capacity immersive media spaces – the first of which will open in London in Autumn 2020 – today announced a landmark deal with leading display manufacturer AOTO. The partnership will see the creation of a series of screens at Outernet London that will deliver the largest LED screen deployment by pixel density on the planet. 

The 8K, 360 degree floor to ceiling screens will mean the Outernet London can create truly extraordinary digital moments for brands and other media partners. Visitors will enjoy stunning HDR content at a scale that has never been seen before with the clearest picture available on the market.

In the heart of London’s busiest shopping district and the hub of the city’s Crossrail high-capacity rail network, Outernet London will amplify the cultural power of Soho and the musical heritage of Denmark Street, a beacon for British music. Every day, commuters, Londoners and tourists will enjoy captivating new experiences as Outernet London broadcasts specially curated content. The campus will also feature a 2,000 capacity live events space and two smaller venues, Rock N Roll hotel ‘Chateau Denmark’ plus retail and independent restaurants and bars

Phillip O’Ferrall, CEO Outernet said, “Outernet London will be different to any kind of brand experience the public have ever had. To make that happen we needed the power to deliver beautiful and impactful digital content. We’re delighted that AOTO will be our display manufacturing partner for the London site. They have vast experience in narrow pixel pitch LED display which will be vital in delivering the highly immersive experience we are going to achieve with our enormous display canvas. These screens let us create a media environment like no other giving visitors a reason to return again and again and really engage with what they see every time.” 

Outernet London is utilising an outdoor-rated sub 3mm premium full video AOTO LED display across its London site including all semi-outdoor zones. Next generation video processing is via AOTO 64K video processors, offering 10bit HDR YCC4:4:4 @60Hz to give an ultra-high contrast display which can be highly customised to meet client demands.

www.outernetglobal.com

For further information please contact:

Nick Caley – The Outside Organisation – 07711081843/Nicholas.caley@outside-org.co.uk

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund was today welcomed to the London Stock Exchange to celebrate its successful admission to the Premium Segment of the Official List and on the completion of four equity fundraises since its launch in June 2018. Founded by Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis Songs Fund allows investors to benefit from all the revenue streams that songs deliver from streaming to being used on TV, ads and movies. 
Since IPO the Company has raised over £625 million of equity capital and has acquired some of the most culturally important and successful songs released over the last 50 years. This includes songs performed by globally successful artists including: Journey,  Eurythmics, Shaun Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Maroon 5, Al Green, Booker T & The MG’s, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, One Direction, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Chic, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Sia, David Guetta, Michael Jackson and Santana.

Merck Mercuriadis commented: “Nile Rodgers and I are honoured to be have been invited back to the London Stock Exchange to celebrate Hipgnosis’ continuing success as a listed fund, and its migration to the Premium Segment. I started Hipgnosis to give the investment community access to the predictable and reliable revenues generated by proven songs. Proven songs are the currency on which the music industry trades and I’m delighted they now have an opportunity to provide excellent returns for our investors. It has never been more important for investors to have uncorrelated opportunities and it’s exciting to have established SONGS as an asset class that is comparable to gold and oil. I am very grateful for all the support from our shareholders who have backed us with over £625 million raised in the 16 months since launch. We have acquired some of the most culturally important songs of all time and lined up the finest available song catalogues for deploying the capital raised over the summer”.

MELODYVR PARTNERS WITH O2 AS 5G LAUNCHES

MELODYVR PARTNERS WITH O2 AS 5G LAUNCHES

Photographer: www.lukedyson.com

MELODYVR PARTNERS WITH O2 AS 5G LAUNCHES

MelodyVR has announced an exclusive UK partnership with mobile operator O2, representing a major development for the virtual reality music company.

The relationship kicks off with MelodyVR unveiled as the exclusive music partner of O2’s 5G UK launch today.

People who sign up to the 5th generation of music custom plan will receive 12 months of access to MelodyVR, allowing them to enjoy the world’s largest library of immersive music performances and a unique schedule of live events, as well as an Oculus Go device.

With MelodyVR, O2 5G customers will now be able to experience music events virtually and won’t miss out on live shows and festivals due to barriers such as distance, cost or ticket availability. Due to 5G, consumers will be able to realise an extremely high-quality MelodyVR experience from their mobile devices, without the need for broadband or Wi-Fi.

The game-changing collaboration with O2 – one of the country’s largest mobile networks with a customer base of 25m – is the latest in a series of big milestones for MelodyVR, all aimed towards significantly increasing the audience of its ground-breaking service. It comes hot on the heels of MelodyVR recently launching on smartphones, supplementing its VR headset offering.

Already the leader in live music virtual reality due to its unparalleled catalogue of real-time and on-demand content, and its relationships with global artists, leading venues and events, the O2 deal will allow more music fans than ever before to be transported from their living rooms, to amazing music performances around the world.

Anthony Matchett, CEO of MelodyVR comments: “O2’s 5th Generation network has the power to enable an entirely new suite of technological advances and experiences that will revolutionise how we all engage with technology. We’re thrilled to be partnering with O2 to deliver incredible music experiences to their customers and we look forward to welcoming even more fans to the MelodyVR platform.”

Nina Bibby, CMO, O2 adds: “Partnering with companies like MelodyVR creates a perfect way for O2 customers to enjoy virtual reality like never before – experiencing legendary gigs from around the world, reliving ones they’ve been to and seeing performances they can’t get to. At O2, we’ve always been a customer led business, with a rich heritage in live music, so the opportunity to create unique experiences like this with MelodyVR, that bring customers closer to the things they love, is fantastic.”

Nick Caley – 07711 081843 – nicholas.caley@outside-org.co.uk.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Timbaland

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Timbaland

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Timbaland

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Timbaland, an American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ who is widely regarded as the most successful and influential producer in the history of Hip Hop.

Timbaland has received 13 Grammy Award nominations, winning two, and has produced some of the most important albums of the last 25 years including Nelly Furtado’s ‘Loose’, three Platinum and Multi-Platinum Missy Elliot albums and all of Justin Timberlake’s albums which have reached Number 1 across the world.

‘Loose’, released in 2006, was Nelly Furtado’s first Number 1 album selling over 12 million copies globally and includes the US Number 1 singles ‘Promiscuous’ and ‘Say it Right’ in addition to the iconic Platinum certified ‘Maneater’.

Justin Timberlake’s albums have sold an aggregate 32 million copies globally and include the 2006 hit Songs ‘SexyBack’ which was certified 3x Platinum in the US and reached Number 1 in 9 Countries including the US and UK; ‘My Love’ and ‘What Goes Around…Comes Around’, both Number 1s and certified Platinum in the US as well as the 3x Platinum ‘Suit and Tie’ released in 2012.

The Catalogue also contains Songs performed by some of the biggest global Hip Hop and R&B artists such as AaliyahJay-Z50 CentMadonna, 2 PAC, RihannaOneRepublic and Drake. These include Jay Z’s 4x Platinum ‘Holy Grail’ featuring Justin Timberlake released in 2011 and Aaliyah’s US Number 1 ‘Try Again’ released in 2000.

In addition, Timbaland has had significant commercial success as a solo artist with his 2007 Platinum album ‘Shock Value’ which featured the US Number 1s ‘Give It to Me’ featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake; ‘Apologise’ featuring OneRepublic; and the 3x Platinum ‘The Way I Are’ featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian.

The Timbaland catalogue that Hipgnosis has acquired comprises 108 albums and songs. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“Ask any of today’s greatest creators who their biggest influences are and the one name that appears on everybody’s list is Timbaland. His iconic records with Aaliyah, Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake amongst many others are iconic and will be remembered forever.” 

Timbaland said: 

Merck is a visionary who I know appreciates the value of my musical life work. My music is in great hands.” 

Gary Marella, Manager to Timbaland, said: 

“It’s important to all creators that their work is in the right hands. Merck’s respect for music creators is unparalleled. We are pleased to have part of Tim’s iconic catalogue with Merck and Hipgnosis.”  

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY UNVEILS HER HANDPRINTS IN THE ‘SQUARE OF FAME’ AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY, IN WEMBLEY PARK

DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY UNVEILS HER HANDPRINTS IN THE ‘SQUARE OF FAME’ AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY, IN WEMBLEY PARK

Photo by Chris Winter / Wembley Park

DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY UNVEILS HER HANDPRINTS IN THE
‘SQUARE OF FAME’ AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY, IN WEMBLEY PARK

Today, Wednesday 18 September 2019, acclaimed singer, Dame Shirley Bassey, unveiled her handprints in the form of a bronze plaque in Wembley Park’s‘Square of Fame’ at The SSE Arena, Wembley. The star first performed at the venue 60 years ago in a legendary performance that inaugurated The SSE Arena, Wembley, as a music and entertainment venue, and began its reputation as one of the world’s most iconic concert venues. The unveiling marks 60 momentous years of The SSE Arena, Wembley in Wembley Park, North West London’s world-famous, dynamic cultural neighbourhood.

Dame Shirley’s plaque, imprinted with her name and handprints, joins so many other music legends in the ‘Square of Fame’ such as Madonna, Alice Cooper, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and George Michael.

In 1959, Dame Shirley Bassey performed to a crowd of 9,000 people in the first ever concert to take place at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now The SSE Arena, Wembley). The significant concert was Dame Vera Lynn’s Record Star Show, a charity fundraiser also featuring Petula Clark, Max Bygraves, Lonnie Donegan and Humphrey Lytlleton. This single performance was the start of something remarkable and initiated thousands of ‘Hello Wembley!’ moments in one of the world’s leading cities in music. Demonstrating the success of Wembley Park and The SSE Arena, Wembley, to date the number of visitors welcomed by The SSE Arena, Wembley is roughly equivalent to the total population of the United Kingdom (67.5 million).

Bassey began her career in the 1950s and soared to success with her powerhouse vocals. She also received widespread recognition for her work on the theme songs for the James Bond movies GoldfingerDiamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.

Of this acknowledgement, Dame Shirley Bassey states, “I am honoured to have been asked back to The SSE Arena, Wembley, after 60 years to unveil my handprints in Wembley Park’s iconic ‘Square of Fame’. It is incredible how much Wembley Park has transformed over the years and I am delighted that my bronze plaque will forever be included in one of the UK’s largest collection of handprints next to so many iconic artists.”

James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of Wembley Park, explained, “As we continue with our transformation of Wembley Park, we are thrilled to have Dame Shirley back at The SSE Arena, 

Wembley, after 60 years. We are honoured to have the Dame unveil her handprints at Wembley Park to help us celebrate our proud musical heritage.

“Internationally known for its breadth of music and sporting events, Wembley Park is fast becoming London’s go-to neighbourhood for shopping, dining, culture and entertainment with community at its heart and we encourage anyone who has not visited recently to come and see the transformation first hand.”

John Drury, Vice President and General Manager of The SSE Arena, Wembley, commented, “We are so honoured to have Dame Shirley Bassey revisit The SSE Arena, Wembley, unveiling her handprints to celebrate a momentous 60 years of entertainment – it’s a nostalgic reminder of the amazing artists we have had perform here and how many are still to come. The Dame’s performance was such a significant occasion for The SSE Arena, Wembley, entertaining thousands of guests – we look forward to entertaining many thousands more over the next 60 years!”

Like its first performer, the venue has an illustrious record and has hosted the world’s biggest names over the past six decades. The famous stage has been graced by the likes of Madonna, David Bowie,

Queen, The Who, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and even The Beatles and Rolling Stones who shared the same bill at the 1966 NME Poll Winners Party at what turned out to be The Beatles’ last UK concert. Plus, in the last 12 months alone, The SSE Arena, Wembley has seen its debut performances from leading artists of the 21st century – Kacey Musgraves, George Ezra, Janelle Monae and Carrie Underwood, and even hosted its first-ever film World Premiere for the Oscar-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The breadth of shows that The SSE Arena, Wembley hosts is immense – from music, comedy, film sport and beyond. It has even ventured into the equally captivating world of E Sports, having hosted FaceIt’s ECS Season Finals every year since 2016, the FaceIt Majors in 2018 and League of Legends events. As well as its extraordinary legacy, The SSE Arena, Wembley is always looking to the future of music and outside of the conventional concert market. 2019 sees the venue host a record 4 major K-Pop shows; Blackpink, NCT127, Monsta X and GOT7.

Building on the legendary musical reputation of the area, the last 60 years celebrates the incredible transformation of Wembley Park. In 2006 a £26 million investment saw a major refurbishment take place which included a £10 million new public square – Arena Square – creating a focal point for the area, as well as the relocation of the main entrance to what used to be the back door. This transformation is key to making Wembley Park the perfect place to live, work and visit, with culture and entertainment at its heart.  

For more information on Wembley Park and The SSE Arena, Wembley, please visit: wembleypark.com / ssearena.co.uk 

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited – Result of Placing

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited – Result of Placing

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited – Result of Placing

Further to its announcement earlier today, Hipgnosis and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has successfully raised approximately £51.1 million at a price of 105.5 pence per share, principally from existing shareholders, and accordingly the Placing has now closed. 

The new Ordinary Shares to be issued under the Placing will represent 12.4% of the Company’s enlarged issued Ordinary Share capital. 

Application has been made in respect of 48,429,541 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange plc (“Admission“).  It is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings in the new Ordinary Shares will commence at 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 29 August 2019.

Total Voting Rights

Following Admission, the Company will have 389,356,341 Ordinary Shares in issue.  The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in Treasury. Therefore, the total number of voting rights of the Company will be 389,356,341 and this figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“We are delighted to continue giving our shareholders exposure to music royalties via new acquisitions of some of the most iconic songs of all time. I’m very grateful for the constant enthusiasm and support that the finest institutional investors in the world have given us to establish songs as an asset class. This is not only great for the investors but the songwriting and artistic community as well.”

Expected timetable

Trade date27 August 2019
Admission08.00 a.m. on 29 August 2019
Crediting of CREST stock accounts in respect of the new Ordinary Shares29 August 2019

Unless otherwise defined, capitalised terms in this announcement shall have the meaning given to them in the announcement made on 27 August 2019 at 07:00.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA AND MELODYVR TO DELIVER GROUNDBREAKING VIRTUAL REALITY BROADCAST THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 30th

GOOD MORNING AMERICA AND MELODYVR TO DELIVER GROUNDBREAKING VIRTUAL REALITY BROADCAST THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 30th

GOOD MORNING AMERICA AND MELODYVR TO DELIVER GROUNDBREAKING VIRTUAL REALITY BROADCAST THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 30th

This Friday August 30th, Good Morning America will team up with pioneering music platform MelodyVR to deliver a milestone media event: a live broadcast of GMA’s Summer Concert Series, in full and immersive virtual reality. 

MelodyVR’s groundbreaking live-stream VR technology will allow an unlimited global audience to experience Marshmello and Kane Brown’s GMA performance of their single “One Thing Right” in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield, in real time.

This first-of-a-kind broadcast, with America’s #1 morning news program, represents a major landmark for entertainment. Never before has live music been viewable in person, on national television and in VR globally, simultaneously.

All people need is a smartphone or iPad and the MelodyVR app to experience this event and be transported virtually to Central Park for this free to stream performance. 

MelodyVR‘s custom technology will broadcast the show from multiple points of view, empowering fans to control their own experience by giving them choice over what they see and where they stand.

By selecting different Jump Spots – a function which is unique to the MelodyVR platform – viewers can choose to watch the performance up-close-and-personal on stage with Marshmello and Kane Brown, from the front row or from the middle of the crowd.

“Stoked that fans all over the world can experience our GMA performance live in virtual reality. I can’t wait for crowds in the park, on TV and at home in VR to come together for this – It’s gonna be sick!”- Marshmello

“It is really cool to be a part of something like this that’s never been done before. I can’t wait to hit the stage with Marshmello to play our new song for the first time, and for fans at home to be able to experience this performance in a whole new way.” – Kane Brown

The MelodyVR app is free to download, and music lovers can enjoy the platform’s full functionality and music library from their smartphones. The GMA performance will be accessible to any smartphone user in full 360-degree video. Owners of Samsung Gear and Oculus VR headsets can also be part of the action, with a fully immersive VR experience available to them.  Fans who were at the show or those at home who missed it, you can relive the action on-demand on the MelodyVR app too. 

Download the MelodyVR app at on.melodyvr.com/App   

Experience this revolutionary national broadcast this Friday at 8:15am local time

Anthony Matchett, Founder & CEO of MelodyVR said “We are thrilled to be working with the ABC team, to help deliver the closing GMA 2019 Summer Concert as a unique broadcast in virtual reality. This partnership represents a huge milestone for music entertainment – making live music accessible in person, on national television and in VR around the world, simultaneously. 

The MelodyVR experience is so much more than just watching live music, it’s about participating in it, and feeling like you’re really there; offering a life-like broadcast in which music lovers get the best seat in the house, regardless of their physical location. We’re thrilled to be bringing this experience to Marshmello and Kane Brown’s fans and we can’t wait for the show.”

“GMA is always looking for ways to bring viewers live events in modern, innovative ways. With the help of MelodyVR, GMA viewers are able to experience our summer concert like never before,” says Simone Swink, Executive Broadcast Producer, Good Morning America. “The MelodyVR app brings GMA to an entirely new platform and gives you an even better seat at the show.”  

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from The Chainsmokers

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from The Chainsmokers

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from The Chainsmokers

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from The Chainsmokers,  the 14thmost streamed artist globally on Spotify with 41 million monthly listeners. In total, the songs in the catalogue have been certified 20x Platinum and 2x Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and 9x Platinum and 2x Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The Chainsmokers, an artist and producer duo made up of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, have been the most consistently successful pop artists of the last five years with 55 Number 1 and 245 Top 10 Chart positions globally as well as winning ‘Best Dance Recording’ at the 2017 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and nine iHeart Radio Music Awards.

Their 2016 Grammy Award winning ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ featuring Daya, which reached Number 1 on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, is certified 6x Platinum in the US and has been streamed over 1.2 billion times.

Their hit single ‘Closer’ featuring Halsey, reached Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for 12 weeks, and went to Number 1 on over 30 Charts worldwide. As well as winning the ‘Top 100 Hot Song’, ‘Top Collaboration’ and ‘Top Dance/Electronic Song’ at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards; ‘Dance Song of the Year’ at the 2017 iHeart Radio Music Awards; and being nominated for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards, ‘Closer’ has been streamed 1.6 billion times as well as being certified Diamond in the US. 

Their other hit singles include: ‘Roses’; ‘Until You Were Gone’; ‘Inside Out’; ‘All We Know’; ‘Setting Fires’; ‘Paris’; ‘Something Just Like This’; ‘The One’; ‘Honest’; ‘Young’; ‘Sick Boy’; ‘You Owe Me’; ‘Everybody Hates Me’; and ‘Somebody’.

The upcoming tour, ‘World War Joy Tour’, will run from September through November 2019 and will feature all of the hits being purchased within this acquisition. 

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of the Chainsmokers’ interest including ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) income in their catalogue, which comprises 32 Chainsmokers’ songs as well as 10 additional songs written by Andrew Taggart, including “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid which reached number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100and was nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

The Chainsmokers were represented in the deal by manager Adam Alpert and attorney Jaimie Roberts.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“The Chainsmokers are the highest paid duo in the world not only because they know how to spin records better than anyone else but because they have created amongst the very biggest hits in the world for the dance and pop community over the last 7 years. This is a set of songs that people can’t stop playing and that will define the lives of so many people that have grown up in the 2010’s. It’s my pleasure to welcome Alex, Drew and Adam to the Hipgnosis Family!”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
ED SHEERAN SHOWS CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS – THIS TIME IN ICELAND

ED SHEERAN SHOWS CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS – THIS TIME IN ICELAND

ED SHEERAN SHOWS CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS – THIS TIME IN ICELAND

The two Ed Sheeran shows in Reykjavik, Iceland this weekend (10thand 11thAugust) promoted by AEG Presents and Sena Live have become the country’s biggest ever gigs with record sales.Close to 50,000 people attended the Laugardalsvöllur stadium performances.

Simon Jones, AEG Presents SVP Live Music International said, “Though the biggest tour in history is coming to an incredible crescendo the records keep coming for Ed. These historic shows in Iceland were like nothing I have ever seen. They completely took over the country with Sheeran fever at its peak. It was absolutely a national event and the scale of the shows relative to the population was colossal. The biggest ever Icelandic shows in history.”

Earlier this year AEG Presents promoted a series of Ed Sheeran shows in South Africa which proved to be the biggest in South African history. In addition AEG Presents promoted the biggest ever South East Asian tour across a single album campaign.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour was recently named the highest-grossing tour of all time. It has also been named the most attended tour of all time. When it concludes more than 8.5m people across 43 countries will have seen Ed perform. 

Other highlights for AEG Presents in the past year include Hugh Jackman playing six nights at The O2 and selling 300,000 tickets across Europe and the Shawn Mendes arena tour. Coming up in the autumn is a major tour with Khalid. 

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Benny Blanco, an American musician, songwriter and record producer who has written 29 Number 1 songs and is responsible for the sale of hundreds of millions of albums worldwide.

Benny Blanco is one of the most important songwriters of the last decade having consistently written and produced hit songs with some of the biggest global pop-artists including Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha, Sia, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban, Tory Lanez, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, J Balvin and Juice Wrld.

The Catalogue includes the Number 1 songs: ‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber; ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ; ‘Fire and the Flood’ by Vance Joy; ‘Same Old Love’ by Selena Gomez; ‘Luv’ by Tory Lanez; ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ by Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar; and ‘Freaky Friday’ by Lil Dicky as well as the Platinum and Multi-Platinum certified ‘Castle on the Hill’ by Ed Sheeran; ‘2002’ by Anne-Marie and ‘Lonely Together’ by Avicii.

‘Castle on the Hill’, which was co-written and performed by Ed Sheeran, was nominated for the 2018 Ivor Novello Award for ‘Most Performed Work’ and has been certified as 4x Platinum in the UK and 3x Platinum in the US as well as being streamed over 750 million times on Spotify alone.

‘Love Yourself’, which was co-written with Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco and produced by Benny Blanco, was the best performing single in the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. It reached Number 1 in 15 countries including the UK and US where it was certified 4x Platinum and 7x Platinum respectively.

‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, reached Number 1 in the UK where it is certified 2x Platinum and Number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart where it is certified  4x Platinum. Globally it has achieved 25 Number 1 and 45 Top 10 chart positions.

In addition to his commercial success, Benny Blanco has received significant critical acclaim and was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.He has also received the BMI ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award fives times, won ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2017 iHeart Radio awards as well as being nominated for seven Grammy awards.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Benny Blanco’s copyright ownership in this catalogue of songs released since 2015which comprises 93 songs achieving 65 Number 1 and 183 Chart positions globallyand which have been streamed over 10 billion times.

Benny Blanco was represented in the deal by Doug Mark, Andrew Luftman, and Zvi Edelman. 

 Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“In a week when Benny is at Number 1 with Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello it’s fortuitous to have closed our deal and welcome him to the Hipgnosis family. Benny’s been having Number 1 songs for the last 12 years now, 10 of them since 2015 alone. That longevity, to be able to write Number 1 songs consistently for more than a decade and to have made incomparable contributions to establishing the most important artists of our time, is an almost impossible feat. He has literally defined the modern pop era in a way that very few others can lay claim to.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
WME SIGNS VICTORIA BECKHAM

WME SIGNS VICTORIA BECKHAM

WME SIGNS VICTORIA BECKHAM

WME has signed global fashion icon Victoria Beckham for representation. Over the past decade, Beckham has become an internationally recognized fashion designer. Having launched her eponymous label in 2008, Victoria Beckham has twice been recognized as ‘Designer Brand of the Year’ at the prestigious British Fashion Awards. The label is currently stocked in over 450 stores in over 50 countries internationally. Starting from a small studio in Battersea, the company now employs 180 people, with two London offices and a third in New York. September 2019 will see the launch of Victoria Beckham Beauty offering a unique synergy between the worlds of beauty and fashion. Continuing steps towards sustainable options in all areas, Victoria Beckham Beauty is a clean beauty and skincare brand. The fashion label maintains a no-fur policy eliminating the use of exotic animal skins in her collections.

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division with immediate effect.

Following the creation of the new AEG Presents European Festival division CEO Jim King has made his first senior appointment, Laura Davidson.

Davidson will become Head of Artist Bookings, responsible for all bookings for the All Points East Festival. In addition she will support King across all existing AEG festivals and also future developments in the area. Davidson was previously a promoter based in the AEG/Goldenvoice London office. 

Jim King, CEO, European Festivals said:

“Laura will be an integral part of the team and I couldn’t be happier that she has joined us. She is one of the most passionate music fans that I have ever met and has proven herself to be expertly skilled in the role of originating and curating incredible festival line ups.”

Laura Davidson, Head of Artist Bookings, European Festivals added:

“I’m excited to be joining this new division at AEG. I was very proud to have been part of the team that launched a brand new festival with All Points East. I’m looking forward to an even better 2020 in Victoria Park as well as working with Jim across all of AEG’s festivals.”

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Jim King attends Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

AEG Presentsannounced today that Jim King,currently Executive Vice President of Live Music is to take on a new role as CEO of European Festivals. This division launches with the appointment of King and will build on AEG’s already strong presence in the European festival market which currently includes world class events Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park,All Points Eastand Rock En Seinein Paris. 

Having launched and established Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park as one of the world’s premier festivals, the 2019 series kicked off last weekend with headline shows by music legends Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand. 

King will be tasked with seeking out and developing a host of new opportunities in the festival space.  King will lead on all aspects of talent and operations for the current and future portfolio of festivals to deliver AEG’s festival vision. A hugely respected and popular figure in the music industry and the artist community alike, King will continue to be based in the London office reporting directly into President of AEG Europe, Alex Hill. 

King will work alongside AEG Presents’ UK CEO’s Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, also reporting directly to Hill. They will continue to focus on growing the touring business in Europe and the UK. Highlights from the past year include Hugh Jackman playing six nights at The O2 and selling 300,000 tickets across Europe and Shawn Mendes and Michael Bublé arena tours. AEG Presents total offering in the UK stands at around one thousand shows. Homer and Leighton-Pope continue to oversee AEG Presents’ UK venues, the Eventim Apollo and Indigo at The O2. 

Jim Kingsaid, “I really believe that AEG does something truly special when it comes to festivals. The music fans and the artists are always at the heart of our thinking and this has meant we have been able to curate shows that resonate with them and keep both coming back. We have an incredible team and together we will meet this exciting challenge.I’m looking forward to working closely with Alex in finding and developing new opportunities to build on and maintain AEG’s leadership in this sector.”

Alex Hillsaid, “Jim is without a doubt the very best at what he does. We wanted to give him the freedom to accelerate AEG’s activity in the festival space hence the creation of this division and his leadership role at the head of it. I know that he and his team are going to do great things and being able to confirm him in this job as we approach the second weekend of BST Hyde Park seems very fitting indeed.”

King has worked at AEG Presents for over a decade following his time working for club brand Cream which saw him launch and run Creamfields. Prior to joining AEG King ran his own company Loud Sound that produced a variety of UK festivals. 

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet!

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet!

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet! 

AEG Presents haveannounced a series of new sustainability initiatives alongside growing its community activity at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.In addition to their commitment to community and sustainability, AEG Presents’ strives to make their events accessible to everyone. This was recognised by recent wins at the Outstanding Attitude Awards and by securing Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, which recognises the event’s long-term and continued commitment to inclusivity and access for deaf and disabled people. 

Sustainable practices championed atBarclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park include achieving zero waste to landfill, ensuring all food packaging and cutlery is bio-degradable and a ‘leave no trace’ policy so every single item dropped in the grass is picked up by the litter team. A dedicated ‘Green Team’ work to maximise recycling rates, and 100% of the fuel used is from renewable sources such as HVO. Food traders are ethically and environmentally conscious with 80% of food traders offering meat-free options including Oh My Dog!, Eat Chay and Paellaria. Further to this all staff and visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle and use greener travel options such as public transport or arriving by bike. 

The event’s partners are also a key part of sustainability drives. As part of the work to eliminate single-use plastic, the event and Heinekenwill trail a new plastic-free paper cup made from plants (100% compostable). All serve-ware provided by the event is 100% recyclable, but non-recyclable items can potentially be brought in during the free-to-enter Open House event (July 8thto 11th). For these items, Barclaycardwill be trialling a new bin system with Recycling Technologiesto help recycle previously unrecyclable plastics such as crisp packets, carrier bags, wrappers and bottle caps entering the site as part of picnics. 

As well as minimising negative environmental impact,it is crucial and of the utmost importance to AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Parkthat they work closely in partnership with The Royal Parksand the local community to ensure the festival has maximum positive impact on the area. This is why AEG Presents is committed to using local suppliers, operators and content providers such as Dreamarts, has a dedicated community impact management team on site, as well as attending meetings with local stakeholders year-round to gain invaluable feedback and suggestions. 

AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park further give back to the community by offering training and paid employment opportunities to local schools and universities, including University of Westminster. The event also holds a 4-day midweek event between shows, Open House, with free-to-enter activities. Open House 2019, takes place on Mon 8th– Thurs 11thJuly, includes free movie nights, live music and entertainment, street food, pop-up bars, tennis screenings, yoga with lululemon, cabaret, family theatre, The Royal Parksshowcase, Piazza Birra Moretti & as a 2019 exclusive Sigur Rós bring their free live ambient performance ‘Liminal Soundbath’. 

As part of AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’scommitment to their partner, The Royal Parkscharity, they will continue to raise money to help support developments within their green spaces, as well as supporting multiple other charities through their partnership with My Cause UK.

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events for The Royal Parks, said, “We work very closely with AEG Presents to ensure our Sustainability Strategy is embedded into the British Summer Time (BST) event planning process and so we welcome the pioneering green practices being introduced this year. Events, such as BST, are instrumental in bringing the community together as well as for raising vital funds to help with the maintenance of the parks. We are however acutely aware of the need to protect the parks and the wider environment.”

AEG Presents strives to be the most accessible event organiser in the UK and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is no exception to that rule. After winning big at the Outstanding Attitude Awards and gaining Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, the event organisers have no reason to slow down now. Facilities include three accessible viewing areas over two stages and roaming drinks vendors at The Great Oak Stage and The Barclaycard Stage, British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, free Personal Assistant tickets for all ticket types and a dedicated access hub and entrance. All pre-event information is available in audio and easy read versions and there is a dedicated access customer service team available all year via email and phone.  

Senior Event Maganer for AEG Presents, Jenny Hamada said, As a ten-day event with nearly half a million visitors each year we have a huge responsibility to deliver for our visitors, the local community and Hyde Park itself. We take this responsibility extremely seriously and work with our partner The Royal Parks year-round to build and implement positive initiatives. Whether you are a ticket-buyer, watching a free cinema screening, live down the road or run a business nearby, we strive to continuously improve the experience for all those involved with the event. Protecting the park and surrounding environment is also central to our planning and management. We work tirelessly to develop creative solutions to ensure that we are leading the way in the industry and being as green as we can be.”

For media enquiries re Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Nicholas.caley@outside-org.co.uk/emily.bigg@outside-org.co.uk