The next time the Church of England asks for a donation, Brits should just pull out their phones and play Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”
File this under “Who Knew?”: The staid Church of England is a co-owner of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”
The Church — whose head is the notoriously unhip Queen of England — has been bolstering its coffers by investing in companies like Hipgnosis, which, according to the BBC, has been buying up rights to mega songs for the past three years.
The company spent over $1 billion gobbling up rights to music that also includes LA Reid’s song catalog (which has shares in Boyz II Men’s “End Of The Road”, Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel”), as well as music by Blondie, Barry Manilow and Mark Ronson.
Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis claims the music he’s bought is “more