Buying what?

Published on Tuesday 12 October 2021

As Hipgnosis and Blackstone confirm that they’ve got another billion dollars to spend on music rights acquisitions, have you ever wondered what is actually being bought in these deals? Well, as it happens, we discuss that very thing on this week’s Setlist, in the context of BMG’s Tina Turner deal. Sometimes copyrights are being bought. But sometimes it’s royalty rights or remuneration rights or the writer’s share of song revenues. Confused? Setlist should help.