It’s true: ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ hitmaker Shakira has sold 100% of her music publishing rights – a treasure chest comprising 145 songs including global hits ‘Hips,’ ‘Whenever, Wherever,’ ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),’ ‘She Wolf,’ and more.
One of the best-selling Latin artists of all time with over 80 million records sold and billions of views and listens accumulated on digital music streaming platforms, Shakira – a global phenom – has been topping the charts of countries around the world since the release of her 1991 debut album (recorded when she was just 13 years old).
The fruit of that pen has been acquired by Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, the company announced Tuesday (January 12).
Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited’s founder, took to press after the venture’s unveiling to say:
“One step at a time, this incredible woman from Colombia has evolved into 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 virtually every song she has ever recorded. She is a superb creator who has led the charge from what was massive physical success to now having bigger success in streaming than most of her contemporaries.
This is the result of her being a determined force of nature and having written songs the world is incredibly passionate about. It’s wonderful for us to welcome, Shakira, the Queen of Latin Music and much more, to the Hipgnosis family.”
Shakira shared her feelings on the business move as well:
“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. I’m humbled that songwriting has given me the privilege of communicating with others, of being a part of something bigger than myself.
I know Hipgnosis will be a great home for my catalogue—and I’m so happy to partner with this company led by Merck, who truly values artists and their creations and is an ally to songwriters everywhere who care deeply about the continued life of their songs.”
The move follows Hipgnosis’ acquisition of catalogs from legendary acts Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac veteran Lindsey Buckingham, and producer/executive Jimmy Iovine.
As of time reported, the price tag associated with Shaki’s discography has not been disclosed but industry analysts believe it’s well into the “hundreds of millions.’