The hypnosis song fund has landed another musical asset from the big league.
Today (January 13th), the company, registered in the United Kingdom, confirmed that it has acquired 100% of the rights to publish music – including both the publisher and the writer – for Shakira’s entire catalog.
The catalog includes 145 songs, which among them have made Shakira the best-selling female Latino singer of all time.
In total, Shakira has sold more than 80 million records so far, winning three Grammys and 12 Latino Grammys, in addition to numerous other awards.
She currently has over 32 million listeners a month on Spotify, while her official YouTube channel closes 20 billion plays in her lifetime.
Her first album in English, Dry cleaning, arrived in 2001, selling over 13 million copies worldwide.
Six singles were released by Dry cleaning, including hits Always, everywhere, under your clothes and That you stay.
Since then, Shakira’s global hits have included similar ones from 2006 The hips do not lie – her first number 1 in the United States – plus 2009 Wolf and the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Waka Waka (This time for Africa).
For the hypnosis deal, Shakira was represented by her manager Jaime Levin, plus attorneys David Lande and Mitch Tensor of Ziffren Brittenham Law LLP.
“What no one should ever take for granted is that Shakira is one of the most serious and successful songwriters of the last 25 years, having written or co-written almost every song she has ever recorded.”
Merck Mercuriadis, Hypnosis
Merck Mercuriadis, founder and CEO of the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, said: “One step in time, this amazing woman from Colombia has become one of the most famous and influential people in the world. What no one should ever take for granted is that she is one of the most serious and successful songwriters of the last 25 years, having written or co-written almost every song she has ever recorded.
“She is an excellent creator who has taken the charge from great physical success to greater success in streaming than most of his contemporaries. This is the result of the fact that she is a decisive force of nature and has written songs for which the world is incredibly passionate. It is wonderful for us to welcome Shakira, the queen of Latin music and many others, in the family of Hypnosis. “
“I know Hypnosis will be a great home for my catalog – and I’m so happy to partner with this Merck-led company that really values artists and their creations.”
Shakira said: “Being a songwriter is an achievement that I consider equal and maybe even greater than being a singer and an artist. At the age of eight – 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 I wrote it, but once a song comes out, it belongs not only to me, but to those who appreciate it. I am humbled that writing songs gives me the privilege of communicating with others, of being part of something bigger than myself.
“I know Hypnosis will be a great home for my catalog – and I’m so happy to partner with this Merck-led company that truly values artists and their creations and is an ally of songwriters everywhere who care deeply about the ongoing life of their songs. “
From early 2021, Hipgnosis announced the acquisition of Jimmy Yovin’s production wages, as well as 100% of Lindsay Buckingham’s publishing catalog, plus 50% of Neil Young’s publishing catalog.Music Business Worldwide