Hipgnosis Songs Fund has landed yet another major-league music asset. That catalog comprises songs, which between them have made Shakira the bestselling female Latin artist of all time. In total, Shakira has sold over 80 million records to date, winning three Grammys and 12 Latin Grammys, in addition to a host of other awards. She currently has over 32 million monthly listeners on Spotify, while her official YouTube channel is closing in on 20 billion lifetime plays. Her first English language album, Laundry Service , arrived in , selling over 13 million copies worldwide. Merck Mercuriadis , Hipgnosis. 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. This is the result of her being a determined force of nature and having written songs the world is incredibly passionate about. At eight 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.
Colombian pop superstar Shakira has become the latest artist to sell the rights to her catalogue of songs to London-listed Hipgnosis Songs Fund, the investment firm said on Wednesday, as the coronavirus crisis crushes concert earnings. The coronavirus pandemic has all but shut down live concert earnings and a growing list of musicians have sought to monetise their back catalogues. Bob Dylan sold his back catalogue last month and he has been followed by others, such as Neil Young. JPMorgan said Hipgnosis was an attractive investment given its long-term revenues due to copyright laws.
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That said, with more than such videos in the list already, In the End needs another steep climb to reach the top of the YouTube mountain. The road to the summit becomes intriguingly narrow and varied once you get to the two or three billion mark. At present, there are 13 videos with more than three billion views, of which five have achieved four billion, two have exceeded five billion and only one has reached the promised land of more than six billion views. This all goes to show that there is no real formula when it comes to creating that next viral sensation. So with that in mind, here are 10 music videos with more than two billion views on YouTube. There are viral music videos and then there is Despacito. Released in January , the video began Luis Fonsi's year-long takeover, during which he dominated both radio and online. Three years on, it continues to achieve strong streaming numbers to maintain its position as the most-watched music video on YouTube. And how does Fonsi feel about it? When he spoke to The National at the end of , he said that having a viral hit is akin chasing a juggernaut.
Initially, the service hosted only music videos from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, syndicated on YouTube and its app,  and the advertising revenue was shared by Google and Vevo. On May 24, , Vevo announced that it was shutting down its consumer website and removing its app from mobile phone platforms. The concept for Vevo was described as being a streaming service for music videos similar to the Hulu streaming service for movies and TV shows after they air ,  with the goal being to attract more high-end advertisers. SME reached a deal to add its content to the site in June These views are believed to have been earned during the final weeks leading up to the December 8, , launch. In early , these views were subtracted from various Vevo channels, most notably Lady Gaga's Vevo channel.