2021-02-27 13:00:24| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news
Hit songs can be a better investment than gold and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in musicMerck Mercuriadis had a good Christmas. On Christmas Day, the No 1 song in the UK was LadBabys Dont Stop Me Eatin, a novelty cover version of Journeys 1981 soft-rock anthem Dont Stop Believin. It replaced Mariah Careys All I Want For Christmas Is You, which had topped the chart 26 years after its original release. Both songs are unkillable, evergreen hits, which are closing in on 1 billion Spotify streams apiece. Both songs are among the 61,000 owned, in whole or in part, by Mercuriadiss investment company, Hipgnosis Songs Fund, and epitomise the thesis that has made the 57-year-old Canadian, in less than three years, the most disruptive force in the music business.Put simply, Hipgnosis raises money from investors and spends it on acquiring the intellectual property rights to popular songs by people like Mark Ronson, Timbaland, Barry Manilow and Blondie. In a fast-growing market, what sets Hipgnosis apart from competitors is its founders bona fides as a veteran A&R man, manager and record label CEO. Like an old-school music mogul, Mercuriadis sells his brand by selling himself. Unlike those moguls, hes a buff, teetotal vegan with spartan tastes. The only material thing that I really care about is vinyl, he says. And Arsenal football club. He looks rather like a rock-concert security guard: shaven head, burly torso, plain black T-shirt, hawkish gaze. Mark Ronson calls him the smartest guy in the room. Continue reading...
2021-02-25 17:18:56| GAO Reports
The 12 million wage-earning adults (ages 19 to 64) enrolled in Medicaida joint federal-state program that finances health care for low-income individualsand the 9 million wage-earning adults...
2021-02-23 21:53:03| digg
To paraphrase the writer Lindy West: Hello, I am fat, and I'm getting the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday because of it. I'm far from alone in this endeavor: On February 5, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a long list of comorbidities that qualified individuals to receive the vaccine, and among them was—yes—obesity, defined as having a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher.
2021-02-23 19:38:24| digg
The science behind COVID-19 PCR tests can be traced back to two microbiologists' discovery in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park.
2021-02-22 23:17:52| digg
A fundamental flaw in closing the digital divide is not knowing where the problems actually are. We're finally about to see changes.