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TLL’s Guide to Music-based Properties

Musicians and bands, living and dead, are included in “Music.” Apart from merchandise licensing based on the individual or group name or imagery (the Rolling Stones tongue or the Grateful Dead dancing bears, for example), owners of music copyrights grant authorizations to perform or record music. These uses are outside the scope of consumer products licensing unless the usage is embedded in a consumer product (such as greeting cards or toys). If a musician has a fashion brand under another name, that brand is included under “Fashion“—e.g. Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers, Avril Lavigne’s Abbey Dawn, and Sean Combs’ Sean John.

Click to view Retail Sales of Licensed Merchandise, Based on Music Properties.

Representative properties: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ariana Grande, The Beatles, Beyoncé, , Britney Spears, Carlos Santana, Carrie Underwood, Cheryl Cole, Chicago, Christina Aguilera, Garth Brooks, Grateful Dead, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Urban, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Lorde, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Metallica, M.I.A., Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Katy Perry, Prince, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Rolling Stones, Selena Gomez, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Wiz Khalifa.

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