(CelebrityAccess) – Merck Mercuriadis’ Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired a share of the catalog of songwriter/producer and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff.
As part of the deal, Antonoff and Hipgnosis will co-own and manage the catalog which is comprised of upwards of 200 songs, including Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” Lorde’s “Green Light,” Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” and Fun.’s “We Are Young,” among others.
Antonoff and his manager Tyler Childs said in a joint statement: “It’s an honor to partner with the Hipgnosis Songs family. Merck and his team have a great reverence for the craft of songwriting and have created a home where artistic integrity is at the forefront. We look forward to this new chapter.”
Mercuriadis added: “I consider Jack to be amongst the most elite creators of our time. The songs he has co-created with Fun, Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent and Lana Del Ray are sublime and the very best in pop music with integrity. It’s a great privilege to welcome Jack and Tyler into the Hipgnosis Songs family and we are very excited to be working together.”
Since its founding in 2017, Hipgnosis has acquired more than a dozen music catalogs including Giorgio Tuinfort (David Guetta), Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes), The-Dream (Justin Bieber, Rihanna), Poo Bear (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber), Tricky Stewart (Rihanna, Beyoncé), TMS (Jess Glynne, Little Mix), Itaal Shur (Santana), Bernard Edwards (Chic), Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Johnta Austin, Ari Levine, Sam Hollander, The Chainsmokers, Benny Blanco, Brittany Hazzard (aka Starrah), songwriter/producer Jeff Bhasker, and British band Kaiser Chiefs.
Hipgnosis has also bought up the rights to No.1 songs such as “Yeah” by Usher, “Check On It” by Beyoncé, “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey and “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige.