American Latin rapper Pitbull (pictured), and British indie darlings London Grammar are two of a series of major signings by Kobalt Neighbouring Rights (KNR), the royalties-collection unit of international label-services company Kobalt Music Group.
They are joined by English singer-songwriter Jess Glynne, Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit, and German rapper Cro to boost KNR’s roster of hit makers earning neighbouring-rights royalties internationally.
Snapping up Pitbull is quite a coup for KNR. With several No. 1 hits in numerous countries, his global profile was raised even higher when he performed the official anthem for the FIFA 2014 World Cup soccer tournament with Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte.
Meanwhile, London Grammar are a fast-rising act garnering a collection of industry awards and nominations, including the BRITS, Ivor Novello, AIM awards and the accolade of being the PPL’s 2014 Most Played New Independent Act.
“Like all our clients, they will benefit from our expertise, technology and relationships with collecting societies to maximise their earnings and timeliness of payment in this complex area,” says Ann Tausis, KNR’s managing director.
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