Justin Bieber Cashes In

Feb 24, 2023

New Thinking Total Hollywood podcast

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Sandro Monetti

Author and multi-award winning Hollywood journalist

“Justin Bieber has just banked $200 million for the rights to his songs - why is the Biebs cashing in now?” -Sandro Monetti

Justin Bieber has become the latest pop star to sell the rights to his songs for a fortune – but has he undercharged at $200 million?

Hosts Sandro Monetti and Zorianna Kit examine why so many singers – from Springsteen to Dylan – are suddenly selling off their music.

And why are investment companies and hedge funds competing with record companies for these rights? With licensing deals proving so lucrative, our hosts consider whether it’s time to start their own band.

From new music to new technology, Sandro and Zorianna also consider the impact AI is having on Hollywood.

It’s already making huge changes with artificial intelligence able to improve scripts, shots, and so  much more, and the industry is having to decide whether to embrace or avoid these advances. Our hosts wonder how long it will be before a robot is nominated for an Oscar.

In the movie review slot, Sharper sees Julianne Moore and Sebastian Stan playing manipulative schemers. Is this latest addition to the con artists genre a cut above the rest?

In this episode we discuss:
  • Why are so many music stars suddenly selling the rights to their past songs?
  • Is Justin Bieber selling too cheap at $200 million?
  • Why are the past recordings of music stars going for such high sums?
  • How is Artificial Intelligence changing Hollywood?
  • How long will it be before an AI is nominated for an Oscar?
  • Will Hollywood ultimately embrace or run from all this new technology?
  • Will Apple have an increasingly big impact on the movie business?
  • Is Julianne Moore’s new movie Sharper a cut above the rest?

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