The board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a U.K.-based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning superstar Shakira’s music publishing rights.
Hipgnosis made the announcement Wednesday. Shakira’s catalog includes 145 songs, including “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Whenever, Wherever,” “La Tortura,” “She Wolf” and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).”
Shakira, who released her debut album in 1991 at age 13, rose to international fame with her third album, 1995’s “Pies Descalzos.” The multitalented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist took the American pop scene by storm when she made her U.S. language debut, “Laundry Service,” in 2001. She has won three Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammys, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Overall, Shakira has sold 80 million albums.
A Los Angeles-based real estate investor has purchased the six-bedroom South Florida home that once belonged to the late teen idol David Cassidy, and hopes to give it a fresh look on television.
Amy L. Raff and her husband, Abe Rotchel, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel they weren’t looking to buy Cassidy’s waterfront former home when they started looking at listings in Fort Lauderdale.
“It turned out to just be a nice benefit that it used to be his house,” Raff told the newspaper. “It’s a fabulous home in a great location.”
The house sold for $2.6 million, the newspaper reported.
Cassidy died at age 67 in 2017 after he was hospitalized with liver and kidney disease. He had announced earlier that year he was suffering from dementia and retiring as a performer.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Cassidy rose to fame as a shaggy-haired teen idol starring in television’s “The Partridge Family.”
At age 19, Billie Eilish is already looking back.
The Grammy-winning star is releasing a collection of hundreds of rarely seen photos in May, Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday. The book is called “Billie Eilish” and, according to Grand Central, it will “capture the essence of Billie inside and out, offering readers personal glimpses into her childhood, her life on tour, and more.”
In a statement Tuesday, Eilish said: “I spent many hours over many months poring through my family albums and archives, handpicking all of the photos in this book. I hope you love it as much as I do.”
Sarah, the Duchess of York, has landed a book deal for her debut novel for adults, a historical romance fictionalizing the life and loves of her great-great-great aunt.
In a promotional video posted Wednesday on her Twitter account, the former Sarah Ferguson said the novel, titled “Her Heart for a Compass,” is set in the Victorian era and is “about daring to follow your heart against the odds.”
Publisher Mills & Boon, a romance imprint of British publisher Harlequin UK, said the story is based on Sarah’s ancestor, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, who fled an arranged marriage and “the confines of polite society.”
Sarah was married to Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s third child, but the couple divorced in the 1990s. She has previously published her memoirs and authored a number of children’s books.