The Man Who’s Spending $1 Billion to Own Every Pop Song


18 bookmarks. First posted by bradbarrish 17 days ago.


people-to-hire = This guy will never need a job, but I don't know where else I could have put this. The guy is a beast.

"Mercuriadis became infatuated with maintaining Iron Maiden’s career after years of creative upheaval between its main songwriter and its lead singer. He endeared himself to them with his passion for the music, as well as his rapidly evolving marketing skills. For the launch of the band’s 1992 album, Fear of the Dark, Mercuriadis flew dozens of journalists, radio disc jockeys, and label personnel to London. The guests were ferried by double-decker buses to a site where an elaborate indoor casino and carnival set had been built, complete with pinball machines, card dealers, and extravagant food. The band played only one song. “It was surreal. I had one journalist say to me, ‘I feel like I’ve won an MTV contest,’” recalls Ellyn Solis, who at the time was the band’s publicist at Epic Records. “It had to have been six figures.” Afterward, while the guests partied in the hotel bar, Mercuriadis printed out the next day’s itinerary and went to every room and slid the paper under the door. “He’s like the Pied Piper. Everyone follows him because he has such a creative passion for what he does,” Solis says. “He’s a true music and artist guy, and he’s always one step ahead of everyone else.”"
music-industry  world-records  people-to-hire 
13 days ago by daguti
Top highlight Merck Mercuriadis at his home in London. Photography: Sandra Seaton Music mogul Merck Mercuriadis raised hundreds of millions of dollars to buy…
from instapaper
14 days ago by Aetles
Top highlight Merck Mercuriadis at his home in London. Photography: Sandra Seaton Music mogul Merck Mercuriadis raised hundreds of millions of dollars to buy…
from instapaper
15 days ago by nzeribe
Music mogul Merck Mercuriadis raised hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the rights to hits by Taylor Swift, Timbaland, and Bruno Mars. Is he insane?

In recent years, billions of dollars have flooded the music business to invest in the catalogs of songwriters.
Mercuriadis has entered the scene as the industry’s most aggressive and audacious buyer. In 2017, the former music manager launched Hipgnosis Songs Fund, which raised nearly $1 billion to snap up the publishing rights of some of the biggest songwriters in music today.

In less than three years, Hipgnosis has purchased nearly 7,500 songs, more than 1,000 of which have been number one hits.
business  music 
16 days ago by lehmannro
The Man Who’s Spending $1 Billion to Own Every Pop Song: nside the office on the second floor of music industry mogul Merck Mercuriadis’ off-white townhouse in the posh London neighborhood of Notting Hill, there is shit everywhere. Hundreds of vinyl records are piled in shelves, while others are stacked 20 deep on the floor. via Pocket, added at:January 11, 2020 at 09:19PM
IFTTT  Pocket 
16 days ago by LordEnzo
Music mogul Merck Mercuriadis raised hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the rights to hits by Taylor Swift, Timbaland, and Bruno Mars. Is he insane? Matt…
from instapaper
16 days ago by jamies
Music mogul Merck Mercuriadis is spending $1 billion to buy the rights to the most popular pop songs, from Taylor Swift and Timbaland to Bruno Mars.
blogme 
16 days ago by strzalek
Music mogul Merck Mercuriadis is spending $1 billion to buy the rights to the most popular pop songs, from Taylor Swift and Timbaland to Bruno Mars.
music  investing 
17 days ago by costeris