From Sting promoting his tune catalog to the majors producing $20bn final 12 months: It’s MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up

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Welcome to Music Enterprise Worldwide’s weekly round-up – the place we be sure you caught the 5 largest tales to hit our headlines over the previous seven days. MBW’s round-up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their revenue and cut back their touring prices.


Sting tune identify puns abounded on-line this week as we realized that the British artist grew to become the newest famous person to promote his publishing rights.

Acquired by Common Music Publishing Group, the catalog options the whole lot of each Sting’s solo works, in addition to these with The Police, together with mega hits like Roxanne and Each Breath You Take.

Sting’s take care of UMPG sees him unite his tune catalog together with his recorded music catalog beneath Common Music Group, having known as UMG his label dwelling for his whole profession (by way of A&M, Interscope and Cherrytree Data).

The information marks the newest mega deal in an more and more frenzied rights market, and continues a development of the majors snapping up catalogs of superstars, which UMPG began in December 2020 with the acquisition of Bob Dylan’s publishing.

UMPG didn’t disclose the worth of the Sting deal, however, in accordance MBW’s professional business supply, the ultimate acquisition payment reached north of $300 million.

A number of different vital tales hit MBW’s headlines this week from the world of music business acquisitions.

Firstly, New York-based Reservoir Media’s Founder and Chief Government Officer Golnar Khosrowshahi revealed on Tuesday (February 8) that the agency has a “$3 billion pipeline of potential offers that we’re actively exploring”.

Khosrowshahi additionally acknowledged that the corporate, which floated on the NASDAQ final July by way of a merger with a SPAC, expects “to deploy over $200 million in strategic M&A throughout our first 12 months as a public firm”.

In the meantime, MBW reported that funding big  KKR, which, by way of its new Chord Music enterprise acquired a big portfolio of rights from Kobalt for $1.1 billion in October, is now securitizing that catalog into bonds, and it’s additionally in search of a pleasant score for them.

The event comes three months after MBW predicted that a big entity within the monetary world would purchase a sizeable catalog of rights, then break up that catalog up into bonds, after which proceed to promote these bonds on to buyers.

Additionally this week, we confirmed that the majors collectively generated $20 billion final 12 months, whereas Sony Music’s $430 million buyout of AWAL was provisionally cleared by the UK’s competitors watchdog.

Right here’s what occurred this week…


1) CONFIRMED: THE 3 MAJOR MUSIC COMPANIES JOINTLY GENERATED OVER $20BN LAST YEAR (THAT’S OVER $2M PER HOUR)

Wish to understand how massive final 12 months was for the three main music corporations? Gargantuan.

Final summer season, MBW predicted that Common Music Group, Sony Music Group(together with Sony’s music pursuits in Japan) and Warner Music Group would – mixed – generate greater than $20 billion in annual revenues in 2021.

We will now affirm, by way of lots of number-crunching, that this was certainly the case. ($20 billion in a 12 months, stat followers, is the equal of turning over round $2.3 million each hour.)…


2) STING SELLS SONG CATALOG TO UNIVERSAL FOR $300M+

Legendary artist and songwriter Sting has offered his whole tune catalog to Common Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

The catalog options the whole lot of each Sting’s solo works, in addition to these with The Police, together with mega hits like Roxanne, Each Breath You Take, Form Of My Coronary heart, If I Ever Lose My Religion In You, Fields Of Gold, Desert Rose, Message in a Bottle, Englishman in New York and Each Little Factor She Does Is Magic.

The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed by UMPG, however one professional business supply tells MBW the ultimate acquisition payment reached north of $300 million…


3) RESERVOIR HAS $3BN WORTH OF DEALS IN ‘PIPELINE’ AND EXPECTS TO SPEND $200M+ ON M&A DURING FIRST YEAR AS PUBLIC FIRM

This week, New York-based Reservoir Media printed the monetary outcomes for its fiscal Q3 2022 (calendar This autumn 2021), ended December 31, 2021.

Inside Reservoir’s newest earnings launch, Founder and Chief Government Officer Golnar Khosrowshahi acknowledged that the agency expects “to deploy over $200 million in strategic M&A throughout our first 12 months as a public firm”.

Moreover, Khosrowshahi revealed that the agency has “$3 billion price of offers within the pipeline”.

Commenting additional on this multi-billion greenback sum in the course of the agency’s earnings name, Khosrowshahi famous that, “We now have a $3 billion pipeline of potential offers that we’re actively exploring…”


4) KKR BOUGHT A MUSIC CATALOG FROM KOBALT FOR $1.1BN. NOW IT’S TURNING IT INTO BONDS

“Mark my phrases, we’re going to see a big monetary entity purchase an enormous catalog of rights, then they’re going to separate that catalog up into a great deal of bonds, and promote these bonds on to buyers – and crucially, they’re going to have the ability to get score for them.”

That’s what MBW informed you within the first half of October final 12 months. And that’s exactly what’s simply performed out.

Within the second half of October, KKR – by way of its new Chord Music enterprise – acquired a big portfolio of rights from Kobalt for $1.1 billion.

Now, KKR is certainly securitizing that catalog into bonds, and in search of a pleasant score for them..


Sony Music Group Chairman, Rob Stringer

5) SONY MUSIC’S $430M BUYOUT OF AWAL PROVISIONALLY CLEARED BY UK COMPETITION WATCHDOG

Sony Music Leisure couldn’t have requested for a greater begin to the weekend.

At present (February 11), the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed its provisional choice over Sony’s $430 million buyout of AWAL – and it’s given the deal the inexperienced mild.

The approval concludes a months-long investigation into SME’s acquisition of AWAL from Kobalt Music Group in early 2021…


MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their revenue and cut back their touring prices.Music Enterprise Worldwide

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