Publishing rights are a lucrative business, as Michael Jackson found out after he acquired 251 Beatles songs for more than $47 million in 1985 and doubled his money 10 years later. But that catalog was cheap by today's standards. Bob Dylan sold all his song rights to Universal Music for what Rolling Stone magazine estimates to be around $400 million in late 2020. Dylan had been one of the few artists who had retained the rights to their own catalog. But the balladeer has joined a slew of top-selling music artists who have recently made their publishing rights prized currency in a song acquisition boom. Just this week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers also got in on the act. The evergreen rock four-piece sold their publishing rights to Hipgnosis Songs Fund for over $140 million (€116.2 million), according to the music publication Billboard . Earlier this year, Neil Young also sold the rights to 50% of his songs, including such classics as "Heart of Gold," to the same investment … [Read more...] about Music Inc: Why song rights sales are booming
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With the vaccine rollout going so well and daily deaths dwindling to single figures, the challenge now is how to future-proof our shield against the virus - and prevent the need for another lockdown. The Chief Medical Officer has been signalling since the start of the year that booster doses are likely to be given to the vulnerable in the autumn. And Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News: "We want them to be able, if they need to, from September onwards to boost those that are most vulnerable". That looks increasingly certain, probably for everyone over 50 - they are the most likely to suffer severe disease if their immunity against the virus wanes. Live COVID updates from UK and around world Advertisement And once again the oldest are likely to be at the front of the queue, just as they were in the spring. Their immunity from a vaccine tends to be lower and less durable. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Booster jab rollout ready from the autumn – but which vaccine to give?
Boris Johnson's top civil servant only became aware of proposals for a trust to fund the refurbishment of Downing Street months after the plans had already been formed. The prime minister 's revamp of his private flat above Number 11 is subject to a formal inquiry following claims a Conservative donor may have initially funded the works. And it has now emerged that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case - who is also reviewing how the renovation was paid for - spent months in the dark about a possible funding scheme for revamping Downing Street. Why and how is the PM being investigated over his Downing Street flat refurbishment? The Cabinet Office has confirmed Mr Case, who began his role in September last year, only became aware of plans for a Downing Street trust in "late February". This is despite work on the establishment of a trust having begun in spring 2020, while the government has claimed it engaged with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer's office on the … [Read more...] about Cabinet secretary Simon Case unaware of Downing Street refurbishment funding plans for months
NICK Kamen, the 1980s heartthrob who found fame when he stripped off in a Levi advert, has died aged 59. The Essex-born hunk was famed for the Levi 501 ad in 1985 that saw him wearing just his boxers in a launderette as Marvin Gaye's Heard It Through The Grapevine played. He also sang with Madonna on hit Each Time You Break My Heart in 1986. Tributes have flooded in for Nick, real name Ivor Neville Kamen, led by pal Boy George. He said: "R.I.P to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!" Nick carved a carer for himself when he was just 18 after stripping down to his boxers for the hugely-successful Levi advert. The advert led to a huge boost in sales for Levi and came forth in a countdown of the 100 greatest ads of all time. It also caught the eye of Madonna, who reached out to Nick with a song she had written with Stephen Bray to join forces on. The mega-star later said she was inspired by his "charisma" and "beautiful voice". Each Time you Break … [Read more...] about Nick Kamen dead aged 59 – Madonna’s protégé and Levi’s model dies as Boy George leads tributes
A MUM has gone viral after sharing her teething hack online, with an alarming number of parents wanting to try it themselves at home. But experts warn against the unsafe idea and say it's a potential choking hazard, and urge parents not to try it with their young kids. The TikTok user uses a yoghurt pouch to create small, frozen drops that her baby can suck on, and says that the cold temperature will help sooth aching gums. But the size of the drops is what's concerning as they can easily become lodged in your little one's airways - so it's been advised not to try it at home. According to the Raising Children network in Australia, anything smaller than a D-size battery should be kept well out of reach of young children, Kidspot reports - and similar advice is given here in the UK. Dr Richard Daniels, NHS Paediatric Registrar and clinical adviser for the paediatric health app Juno Health says "we'd advise not to risk it" and explained the potential harm it could … [Read more...] about Mum’s teething hack for her baby goes viral – but experts warn parents NOT to try as it’s a choking hazard