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Justin Timberlake Sells Off Entire Song Catalog for $100 Million to Hipgnosis

May 26, 2022

Musician Justin Timberlake smiles during the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe South golf course Image via Getty/Jed Jacobsohn

Justin Timberlake has sold off his entire song catalog to the song management company Hipgnosis, handing over 100 percent of the copyrights for his biggest hits in a deal worth $100 million.

The news was broken by The Wall Street Journal, which said Hipgnosis announced on Thursday it had purchased some of Timberlake’s biggest hits, including “SexyBack,” “Rock Your Body,” “Suit and Tie” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

“I am excited to be partnering with Merck [Mercuriadis] and Hipgnosis – he values artists and their creative work and has always been a strong supporter of songwriters and storytelling,” Timberlake said in a statement. ” I look forward to entering this next chapter.”

The *NSYNC member is the latest pop star to sell off the rights to their biggest songs. Fellow pop stars Ryan Tedder and Bruno Mars recently sold off their catalogs as well, and in December Bruce Springsteen made headlines when he sold off his whole discography to Sony for a whopping $550 million. He had followed in the footsteps of Bob Dylan, who a year earlier had sold his entire catalog to Universal Music Publishing Group in 2020. Tina Turner additionally sold her catalog to BMG for $50 million in October, and Pink Floyd is rumored to be shopping around their catalog as well.


Hipgnosis, who has become a massive buyer of music catalogs during this recent boom, had previously closed deals with Neil Young, Lindsay Buckingham and Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

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“Justin’s incredible catalogue will join other amazing works at Hipgnosis which we know will serve as a great steward of his work,”  Hipgnosis’s CEO and former music manager Mercuriadis said in a statement. “We look forward to a great partnership between Justin and Hipgnosis.”
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I'm obviously not an expert on this topic, but I always wonder why artists sell their catalog. I feel like if you create something and/or perform on something, I'd want to own it and be in control of it.  You read about some artists who would kill to own their catalog, having never owned it due to bad contracts.   At the same time, you see other artists who are already rich, selling their catalog.  It's just hard for me to wrap my head around. 

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