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Shakira Sells Music Publishing Rights To UK Company

Shakira Sells Music Publishing Rights To UK Company

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a U.K.based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammywinning superstar Shakiras music publishing rights.

NEW YORK: The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a U.K.-based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning superstar Shakiras music publishing rights.

Hipgnosis made the announcement Wednesday. Shakiras catalog includes 145 songs, including Hips Dont Lie, Whenever, Wherever, La Tortura, She Wolf and Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).

Shakira, who released her debut album in 1991 at age 13, rose to international fame with her third album, 1995s Pies Descalzos. The multitalented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist took the American pop scene by storm when she made her U.S. language debut, Laundry Service, in 2001. Shes won three Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammys, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Overall, Shakira has sold 80 million albums.

Being a songwriter is an accomplishment that I consider equal to and perhaps even greater than being a singer and an artist. At 8 years old 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 that I wrote it, but once a song is out in the world, it belongs not only to me but to those who appreciate it as well, Shakira said in a statement. Im humbled that songwriting has given me the privilege of communicating with others, of being a part of something bigger than myself.

The announcement of Hipgnosis acquiring Shakiras catalog comes a month after Bob Dylan sold his publishing rights of more than 600 songs to Universal Music Publishing Group. Last week, Neil Young said he was selling a 50% stake in his music to a British investment company.


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