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RIC OCASEK,
1944-2019
Bandleader, producer, A&R exec—an extraordinary career (9/16a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/16a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/16a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
PTX UNWRAPS XMAS BEST OF, TOUR
Fa-la-la-la-la...cha-ching (9/16a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Blighty Beat
MERCK FLOATS HIPGNOSIS SONGS
6/29/18

Respected manager and former Sanctuary CEO Merck Mercuriadis has proceeded with the plan to float his Hipgnosis Songs Fund on the London Stock Exchange after successfully raising £200m ($264m) from an initial investor pool. Shares will be publicly traded starting 7/11. 

As SONGS, the firm is the first LSE listed pure-play music investment firm and is so far the biggest fund IPO of this year. 

The cash will be used to buy a bank of songs by more than 50 artists from the past five decades. Included are “proven, evergreen songs from award-winning songwriters” and more than 10 U.S. and U.K. #1 hits. We have word that Mercuriadis has lined up £400m worth of deals in the pipeline to choose from. 

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