The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from 3 times Ivor Novello award winning British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins. Over the last 25 years Brian Higgins has produced and co-written in excess of 35 top 10 hits including for globally successful artists Cher, Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and The Sugababes.

In 1998, Brian Higgins co-wrote Cher’s Grammy winning hit ‘Believe’ which reached Number 1 in 21 countries, selling over 11 million copies worldwide and being certified 4x platinum in the US. The song topped the UK Singles chart for seven weeks. Higgins received recognition for his work on the song winning three Ivor Novello awards in 1999; ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’, ‘Best Selling British Single’ and ‘International Hit of the Year’. ‘Believe’ has gone on to become one of the most iconic songs of all time and now has over 1 billion plays on global streaming services. ‘Believe’ is the closing hit in Cher’s first global tour in over 15 years ‘Here We Go Again’ which began in 2018, played almost 100 shows in 2019 and will continue throughout 2020. The tour has been a huge commercial and critical success making Cher the third highest top-grossing female touring artist of 2019.

Brian Higgins has collaborated closely with Girls Aloud, helping them become the UK’s biggest selling girl group of the 21stcentury, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. This includes co-writing and producing most of their five studio albums, all of which achieved either platinum or double platinum status in the UK. Brian Higgins also co-wrote or produced their Number 1 hits ‘Sound Of The Underground’, ‘I’ll Stand By You’ and ‘The Promise’.

In 2008, Brian Higgins co-wrote and produced Gabrielle Cilmi’s ‘Sweet About Me’, which reached Number 1 in three countries and was named the most played song in the UK during 2009 by PRS for Music.

Brian Higgins was named UK producer of the year in 2009 and has also written or produced hits performed by Pet Shop Boys, Dannii Minogue, The Saturdays, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Bananarama, Alesha Dixon, Texas, Rachel Stevens, Saint Etienne, Gossip and Florrie.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Brian Higgins’ worldwide copyright, ownership and financial interest, including the writer share, of his catalogue comprising 362 songs.

Brian Higgins was represented by manager Mark Beaven at AAM and lawyer Michael Guido at Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Brian Higgins to the Hipgnosis family. He is one of the finest writers of the last 25 years and ‘Believe’ in particular is an evergreen song that has gained iconic status.” 

Brian Higgins said 

“I started Xenomania in 1996 and to see it in 2020 as a standalone independent record label and publishing company is something that gives me deep pride and great joy. I’m very grateful to Merck and Hipgnosis for the opportunity they have presented me to guarantee the labels presence in the worldwide music landscape for decades to come.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

Today, BASE Hologram and the Estate of Whitney E. Houston give fans all over the world the first sneak peek behind the scenes of ‘An Evening With Whitney’ – the eagerly anticipated Whitney Houston hologram tour. Coinciding with news of Whitney’s induction into the illustrious Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the tour is a celebration of Houston’s music, transcendent impact and influence.

Presented through state-of-the-art proprietary holographic technology and combined with unmatched Broadway theatrical stagecraft, a live band, back-up singers and dancers set to digitally remastered arrangements of her classic songs, the production will be helmed by acclaimed choreographer Fatima Robinson (“Dreamgirls,” “The Academy Awards”). Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment,” Robinson is known for her work choreographing massive events and directing multiple award-winning music videos working with such names as Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige.

More than just a groundbreaking technological experience, the tour will be enhanced by live dancers accompanying Houston’s hologram with new choreography. In this first look behind the scenes, hundreds turned up to dance auditions in Los Angeles held by acclaimed director and choreographer Fatima Robinson alongside collaborative partner Adrian Wiltshire <LINK> The BTS video provides a first look at dance auditions, exclusively previewing what die-hard Whitney fans can expect when the tour commences. 

Whitney’s timeless 1987 hit ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ beams as the footage’s soundtrack as Fatima and Adrian run through the choreography that will accompany the digitized icon on stage. True to Whitney’s essence as performer who boasted a combination of technical precision, soul and personality, Adrian highlighted the need for dancers to have a healthy balance of all three to do the show and her iconic hits justice.

Robinson, who famously worked with the incomparable legend on set of the ‘I’m Every Woman’ video, confesses she wanted to get involved with the production as a chance to curate a singular experience where fans across the globe can once again bask in the presence and spirit of Whitney’s once in a lifetime talent.

Fatima says: “There is only one Whitney. No one will ever have that voice. Her music touched every generation. We’re going to take some movie magic and add it into our live performance. It’s going to be incredible.”

‘An Evening With Whitney Houston’ is produced by BASE Hologram, the leading live event producer of cutting edge holographic live entertainment tours and attractions worldwide, in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston.

Kicking off in Sheffield, the twelve date UK & IRL tour will also expand throughout the globe with stops planned across Europe and in Mexico and North America. The show will include all of the singer’s iconic hits including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, Chairman & CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic. When she performed there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it – that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

“A hologram show is all about the imagination and creating a “wow factor” that extends to an incredible experience to enjoy for years to come,” said Pat Houston, Whitney’s former Manager and President and CEO of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston. “Whitney is not with us but her music will live with us forever. We know we made the right decision partnering with BASE because they understand how important it is to produce a phenomenal hologram. They also know that engaging her fans with an authentic Whitney experience would resonate worldwide because of the iconic status that she created over three decades. Her fans deserve nothing less because she gave nothing less than her best.”

The only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 Album Charts at #1 and the only artist with eight consecutive multi-platinum albums, Whitney Houston redefined what it meant to be an iconic superstar. Certified by The Guinness World Records as “the most awarded female artist of all time” with over 400 awards including 6 GRAMMYS, 22 American Music Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, two Emmy nominations and one win, Houston also had success on the big screen with starring roles in “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting To Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

“Whitney was a musical trail-blazer and I’m extremely honored to have this opportunity to help craft this show in her honor,” said director and choreographer Fatima Robinson“I always enjoyed watching this magnificent woman and voice on stage and to be able to play a role in recreating that and helping others have those same emotions and experience is special.”

“There is a reason why it is so hard to cover a Whitney Houston track, she really was one-of-a-kind,” said Marty Tudor, BASE Hologram CEO of Production. “What we are doing with this tour is to celebrate her incredible life and to do that we have to get every detail right. It would be a disservice to her, her family and her fans if we weren’t anything other 100% authentic. We are privileged to have been entrusted with this responsibility and hope audiences are able to come, enjoy and get lost in the music of the industry’s most talented performers.”

An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour will join BASE Hologram’s current touring shows “Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour” and “Callas in Concert.”

Tickets on sale now. To purchase tickets or to find more information, please visit ticketline.co.uk or the venues direct.

Tickets priced £45 – £70

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR DATES:

Tuesday, 25 February, Sheffield, UK @ City Hall

Thursday, 27 February, Liverpool, UK @ M&S Bank Arena

Friday, 28 February, Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo

Saturday, 29 February, Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena

Sunday, 01 March, Glasgow, UK @ SEC Armadillo (Clyde Auditorium)

Tuesday, 03 March, Dublin, IE @ Bord Gais Theatre

Wednesday, 04 March, Birmingham, UK @ Arena Birmingham

Thursday, 05 March, Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre

Friday, 06 March, Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena

Saturday, 07 March, Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre

Monday, 09 March, Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Centre

Tuesday, 10 March, London, UK @ Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

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The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Ammar Malik

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Ammar Malik

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Ammar Malik

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Ammar Malik whose songs have sold over 100 million copies and been streamed over 10 billion times worldwide as well as achieving 108 Number 1 and 310 Top 10 Chart positions globally.

Ammar Malik has co-written some of the most iconic modern pop songs including Maroon 5’s 2011 hit ‘Moves Like Jagger’, featuring Christina Aguilera, which was Number 1 in 18 Countries including the US and has been certified 9x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK; Clean Bandit’s 2016 UK Christmas Number 1 ‘Rockabye’, featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, which was 3x platinum in both the UK and US and reached Number 1 in over 26 countries; and Gym Class Heroes’ ‘Stereo Hearts’ featuring Adam Levine which was certified 5x platinum in the US.

Following ‘Moves Like Jagger’ Ammar Malik has worked extensively with Maroon 5 including co-writing ‘Payphone’ which was certified 7x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK; ‘Maps’ which is certified 4x platinum in the US; ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ which was Top 10 in 23 Countries and certified 2x platinum in the US; and the platinum certified ‘Wait’. 

The Catalogue also includes the 3x US platinum ‘Symphony’ by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson; 2x US platinum ‘Chains’ by Nick Jonas, US platinum certified ‘Both of Us’ by B.o.B featuring Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran’s UK platinum certified ‘New Man’ as well as songs by Ariana Grande, OneRepublic, DJ Snake, Olly Murs, Jason Mraz and One Direction.

In addition to his commercial success, Ammar Malik was awarded BMI’s “Songwriter of the Year” award in 2013 and BMI’s “Song of the Year” award for co-writing ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Ammar Malik’s copyright interests in this catalogue, which comprises 90 songs, including publishing and writers share of income.  

Ammar Malik was represented by managers David Silberstein and Jeremy Levin and counsel Todd Rubenstein.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Ammar has been one of the most influential songwriters of the last 10 years and songs like ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and ‘Rockabye’ are iconic. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is now almost as famous as Mick Jagger himself.  I’m very happy to welcome Ammar, David and Jeremy to the Hipgnosis family.”

Ammar Malik said:

“Merck is a true music fan who values the songs and songwriters above all. I am thrilled to be part of the Hipgnosis family and to know that my songs are in amazing hands.”

David Silberstein said:

“It has been a pleasure dealing with Merck and the team at Hipgnosis throughout this transaction. Merck’s vision of bringing a greater value and appreciation to songs and songwriters is something that we fully support and are excited to be a part of.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
MelodyVR Launches Open/R Music Discovery Month

MelodyVR Launches Open/R Music Discovery Month

MelodyVR Launches Open/R Music Discovery Month

MelodyVR is proud to introduce four of the most exciting new artists as part of its inaugural Open/R Music Discovery Month.  Launching on 16th January, with L DevineJC StewartAshnikko and Hamzaa, Music Discovery Month will showcase the sounds of the future, presented in the medium of the future. 

Specially created immersive Open/R episodes, available on smartphones and VR headsets, will go deep inside the creative process, allowing fans to enjoy an unprecedented connection to the artists that will help shape the sound of 2020 –  taking their journey with them in VR.

Working closely with the artists, MelodyVR’s Music Discovery Month will shine a light on the most exciting new talent in a deeper, more connected way than ever before. Fans will be transported to locations that have played a significant role in the artists’ musical journeys to this point. Each of the four episodes will include exclusive studio performances utilising MelodyVR’s 360° technology, for a unique, immersive experience. 

MelodyVR’s Music Discover Month picks are:

L Devine

Tune into the youthful social commentary of L Devine’s hailed alt-pop music, strutting with sparky, outspoken grit and infectious melodies. Viewers will follow her journey from songwriting in a small coastal home town to selling out shows in London and beyond.

Interested in music from a very early age – forming her first band aged seven – L Devine has already received acclaim from Radio 1, Beats 1 and BBC Introducing; and garnered praise from the likes of Charli XCX. Her colourful indie pop comes with a compelling aesthetic, making her one of this year’s most exciting new additions in music.

Says L Devine: “I love finding new ways to be creative and this is like a whole new world for me – it’s cool to put my world into this new world. It’s really exciting for me and I can’t wait for people to experience my music with MelodyVR.”

JC Stewart 

Hailing from Northern Ireland, the self-confessed ‘professional sad boy’ has gained global respect for his unique, conversational lyricism and timeless voice. This exclusive show will allow new fans to find out what drives his mature approach to songwriting with a visit to the places that helped shape his sound. 

JC Stewart has already worked with breakout star, Lewis Capaldi, co-writing ‘Hollywood’ for his No. 1 debut album. His poignant presence and voice to match are causing waves, with 2020 surely his year.

He says: “Being in virtual reality is kinda cool. If nothing else, the ability to watch myself in VR and live in a world where I get to see my own face – what’s not to like, it’s great. I’m so excited for everyone to join me in my hometown and in the studio with MelodyVR.”

Ashnikko

Enter the world of anime-infused rapper, Ashnikko. Explosive flows and witty lyricism got our attention; now get to know the artist behind the rebellious alt-rap fusion sounds coming for you this year.

Already a well-known figure on TikTok, Ashnikko can spit bars like no other, and is unapologetically unique. Pushing boundaries wherever she goes, she will be a huge name in music – and a role model for many.

“I think MelodyVR uses really exciting new tech and virtual reality is a new way for me to engage with my fans – I’m hyped,” says Ashnikko.

Hamzaa 

Honesty really is the best policy, and is threaded through Hamzaa’s powerfully raw and deeply personal storytelling. Step beyond the sound and discover the person behind the music giving us all the expressive feels in 2020.

Hamzaa bagged a spot on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ while she was still unsigned and has already played a slot at Glastonbury. Her exquisite vocals pair beautifully with her soulful, heart-rending pop songs, which artists such as Stormzy and Jorja Smith have already got behind.

She explains “I find it so cool that I get a chance to be a part of something new and fresh. Getting to show my music through the MelodyVR experience is something that’s not only a new experience for me but for my supporters too. I always think it’s important to keep them engaged and keep things exciting! So thank you MelodyVR for letting me take part.”

Iain Funnell, Senior VP of Creative, Content and Editorial at MelodyVR says: “MelodyVR is committed to artist freedom of expression through pioneering technology. Music Discovery Month allows each new act to show what they’re truly about, in a totally fresh and immersive format. It was fantastic to spend time with such exciting new talent – and these shows will allow music lovers to feel that exact same thrill.”

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Emile Haynie

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Emile Haynie

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Emile Haynie

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Emile Haynie, an award-winning American producer who has collaborated on some of the most iconic hip hop and pop albums of all time.

In 2009 and 2010, Emile Hayne collaborated as an executive producer on Kid Cudi’s three times Grammy Nominated ‘Man on the Moon: The End of Day’ and ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager’ which were respectively certified 2x platinum and platinum in the US and which remain two of the most influential hip hop albums of all time.

Emile Haynie also produced Lana Del Rey’s 2012 album ‘Born to Die’, which reached Number 1 in five countries including the UK and is certified 3x platinum in the UK and platinum in the US. ‘Born to Die’ was the fifth bestselling album of 2012 globally and has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify alone. Emile Haynie also produced the fourth single from the album ‘Summertime Sadness’ which is certified 4x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK.

The Catalogue increases our exposure to Bruno Mars’ Grammy Award album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ which reached Number 1 in the US and UK and is certified 4x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK. This included producing, alongside Jeff Bhasker, the Grammy Award nominated and US Number 1 ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ which is certified 7x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK and the US platinum singles ‘Young Girls’ and ‘Gorilla’.

Emile Haynie has also collaborated on Adele’s US diamond certified album ‘25’, which reached number 1 in 32 countries including the US and UK and with over 25 million copies sold is one of the best selling albums of all time, Eminem’s 2010 album ‘Recovery’ which was nominated for two Grammy Awards winning “Best Rap Album” and is certified 3x platinum in the US and the UK as well as Fun’s Grammy Award winning and US 3x Platinum album ‘Some Nights.  

The Catalogue also includes the successful hit songs ‘Runaway’ by Kanye West featuring Pusha T which is certified platinum in the US, ‘Headlights’ by Eminem featuring Nate Ruess which is certified platinum in the US and ‘River’ by Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran which is certified platinum in the UK as well as songs performed by Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, FKA Twigs, Ian Brown, Lady Gaga, Pink, Emeli Sande, The Rolling Stones, ASAP Rocky, Drake, SZA, London Grammar, Mark Ronson and Florence and the Machine.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Emile Haynie’s worldwide copyrights, including publishing and writer share, as well as  producer royalty income streams, of his catalogue comprising 122 songs.

Emile Haynie was represented by Neil Jacobson at Crescent Drive Productions and Renee Karalian at Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Emile to the Hipgnosis family. He is one of the most influential producers of the last decade and with Lana Del Ray, Kid Cudi, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Fun and many others he has made important records that have inspired so many other great creators.”

Neil Jacobson said

“Emile’s catalogue contains so many works that were culture shifting moments in music. From Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon” albums (whom Emile helped to discover) to Lana Del Reys first album “Born to die” to singles like “Runaway” by Kanye and “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. There’s a depth and a grit to Emile’s sound which is the through line to all these works and is palpable to all those that love amazing production.”

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Tom DeLonge

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Tom DeLonge

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Tom DeLonge

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Tom DeLonge, an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and co-founder of one of the millennium’s most popular bands, Blink-182.

Tom DeLonge is a hugely prominent and influential musician; he achieved great success as guitarist and vocalist of pop punk band, Blink-182, which rose from the Southern California punk scene of the early 1990s. The band has received 18 awards from 29 nominations, including MTV Europe Music Awards for “Best New Act” in 2000 and “Best Rock Act” in 2001, ”Favourite Band” at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2001 and Teen Choice Awards for “Choice Rock Group” and ”Best Rock Group” in 2000 and 2001 respectively. The music of Blink-182 is considered to be one of the key influencers of the development of the genre, selling over 13 million albums in the US and over 50 million albums worldwide to date. 

The band’s first studio album, ‘Cheshire Cat’, was released in 1995, bringing the band great success in and outside of the San Diego punk scene. ‘M+M’s’ and ‘Wasting Time’ were released as singles to promote the album, and received popularity locally through radio play. The album is cited by bands and fans as an iconic release, and its popularity spread to the UK where it was certified silver. The second album, ‘Dude Ranch’, was released in 1997 and was the band’s major record label debut. Album sales increased dramatically when lead single ‘Dammit’ was released, a radio hit single that helped the band gain mainstream credibility. The single, which has been streamed over 150 million times, spent 28 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart reaching Number 11, nine weeks on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart peaking at Number 28 and nine weeks on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. The album included three further singles; ‘Apple Shampoo’, ‘Dick Lips’ and ‘Josie’, and was certified platinum in 1999. 

The band’s third album, ‘Enema of the State,’ was an enormous commercial success following its release in 1999, selling over 15 million copies worldwide and inspiring a second wave of the pop punk music genre. Three singles were released from the album: ‘What’s My Age Again?’, ‘All the Small Things’, and ‘Adam’s Song’, all of which became major radio and MTV hits. The single, ‘All The Small Things’, which is certified platinum in the UK, Italy and Australia, was released in early 2000 and became the band’s most successful single. The song, which has been streamed over 390 million times on Spotify, reached Number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, Number 2 on the UK Singles chart, Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted within the top 20 in ten other countries. ‘All The Small Things’ was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the ‘100 Greatest Pop Songs’ and has appeared on film and gaming soundtracks, marking its cultural significance. The music video won ‘Best Video’ at the 2000 Kerrang! Awards and ‘Best Group Video’ at the MTV Video Music Awards in the same year. 

The band’s fourth album ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ continued their run of phenomenal  commercial success selling more than 14 million copies worldwide in 2001 / 2002 as well as achieving tremendous critical acclaim. The album produced three hit singles that were all top ten hits on modern rock charts; ‘The Rock Show’, ‘Stay Together for the Kids’ and ‘First Date’. The album debuted at Number 1 in the US, Canada and Germany, and was the first punk rock record to debut at Number 1 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 350,000 copies. Billboard attributed the success of the album as a result of the first single, ‘The Rock Show’, which reached Number 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and in recent years has been streamed over 150 million times. The album was ranked as one of ‘The 50 Best Rock Albums of the 2000s’ by Kerrang! in 2016.

In 2003 the band released an untitled fifth album, also known as ‘Blink-182’, which sold 7 million copies worldwide. Four singles were released from the album; ‘Feeling This’, ‘I Miss You’, ‘Down’ and ‘Always’, the most successful being ‘Feeling This’ and ‘I Miss You’. ‘Feeling This’ reached Number 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, was a top 20 hit in the UK and Australia and has been streamed over 150 million times. ‘I Miss You’ reached Number 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, and reached Number 8 on the UK Singles chart and has since been streamed over 500 million times. The album debuted at Number 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

After leaving Blink-182 in 2004, Tom DeLonge started the band ‘Angels and Airwaves’, which received four MTV Video Music Awards nominations in 2006, and has released five albums to date; ‘We Don’t Need to Whisper’ (2006), ‘I-Empire’ (2007), ‘Love’ (2010), ‘Love: Part Two’ (2011) and ‘The Dream Walker’ (2014). 

In 2011 Tom DeLonge reunited with his ‘Enema Of The State’ era bandmates to make a 6th Blink-182 album ‘Neighborhoods’ which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts and has achieved gold status in the US, UK and Australia.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Tom DeLonge’s copyrights on this Catalogue which consists of 157 songs. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“The influence of Blink-182 on today’s artists is massive. If you’re under 27 years old and making music they are a seminal band. They had angst, they had energy, they had humor but most importantly they had incredible songs and Tom is at the core of that. It’s an honour to welcome him into the Hipgnosis Family”.

Tom DeLonge said:

“It is an honor to have been playing music for so many years and to be in a position to partner with the great team at Hipgnosis to support my work. This is now a perfect opportunity for me to not only celebrate my past, but to also give me the foundation to create more music for many decades to come.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Savan Kotecha

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Savan Kotecha

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Savan Kotecha

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Savan Kotecha, an Indian-American songwriter and producer whose songs have been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and who has just been named Music Week’s “Songwriter Of The Year” for 2019.

Savan Kotecha has achieved huge commercial and critical success having been awarded nine BMI Awards and 18 ASCAP awards whilst his songs have sold more than 375 million copies globally as he has collaborated – often with Max Martin – on Number 1 and platinum hits with Ariana Grande, One Direction, Usher, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Katy Perry. In addition his work with The Weeknd has received particularly wide critical acclaim and includes co-writing the two times Grammy Award nominated US Number 1 ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ which has been certified 7x platinum in the US.

Savan Kotecha is best known for his work with Ariana Grande, the fourth most streamed artist on Spotify of the 2010s. Since initially producing Ariana Grande’s second album ‘My Everything’, which reached Number 1 in the US where it was certified 2x platinum’, as well as co-writing the 6x US platinum certified lead single ‘Problem’, Savan Kotecha worked as executive producer on her third album, the UK Number 1 ‘Dangerous Woman’ as well as collaborating on 13 US or UK Number 1 or platinum certified singles. The catalogue includes four songs co-written by Savan Kotecha from Ariana Grande’s critically acclaimed album ‘Sweetener’ which won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album”, reached Number 1 of the album charts in 22 countries including the US and UK going on to be declared by Billboard as the Number 1 album of 2018 and one of the top albums of the 2010s and is certified platinum in the US. These included the album’s first single ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ which reached Number 1 on 14 charts globally and is certified 3x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK having been streamed over 780 million times on Spotify alone, as well as the singles ‘God Is A Woman’ and ‘Breathin’. ‘God Is A Woman’, which was nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Solo Performance”, reached Number 1 on four charts globally and is certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK having been streamed over 510 million times on Spotify alone, whilst ‘Breathin’ reached Top 10 of 18 charts globally and is certified gold in the UK having been streamed over 380 million times on Spotify. The Catalogue also includes four songs on her fifth album ‘Thank U, Next’ which has been nominated for “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” at the Grammy Awards and reached Number 1 in 15 countries including the US where it is certified platinum. This included the single ‘Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’ which reached Number 2 in the US and Number 1 in the UK where it is certified platinum and has been streamed over 483 million times on Spotify alone. 

The Catalogue also includes Camila Cabello’s ‘My Oh My’ from her new Number 1 album ‘Romance’,  Ellie Goulding’s ‘Close To Me’, Diplo and Swae Lee which is gold and platinum globally, James Arthur’s ‘Naked’ which has been streamed over 300 million times on Spotify, Sam Smith’s ‘How Do You Sleep’ which peaked at Number 7 on the UK singles chart and is certified gold in both the US and UK and The Weeknd’s ‘Rockin’’ which reached Number 4 in the UK R&B chart as well as songs performed by Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani. 

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Savan Kotecha’s worldwide copyrights on this Catalogue which consists of 49 of his songs and includes nine new songs due for release in 2020 by Camila Cabello, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith. 

Savan Kotecha was represented by Doug Davis at The Davis Firm.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Savan is a special songwriter with a Midas touch. His magical songs have helped propel Ariana Grande into one of the most influential artists of her generation. This is a sensational set of songs and bear out why he’s just been voted Songwriter Of The Year for 2019. I’m delighted to welcome Savan into the Hipgnosis family and am very excited to be working with him and Doug Davis.”

Savan Kotecha said:

“I’m beyond excited for my songs to join the incredible Hipgnosis catalogue.  I know my ‘babies’ will be well taken care of. Merck and his team have proven that they are true lovers of music and understand not just the monetary value of songs but the cultural value as well. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from songwriter, producer and Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid.  Johnny has co-written songs with Ed Sheeran, Pink, Shawn Mendes, Robbie Williams and Snow Patrol that have streamed over 20 billion times and earned over 600 platinum awards and 14 diamond awards.

Collaborating closely with Ed Sheeran since 2013, Johnny McDaid co-wrote the most streamed song of all time with the record breaking ‘Shape Of You’ which to date has been streamed over 2.3 billion times. In addition to winning a Grammy and an Ivor Novello Award,  ‘Shape Of You’ reached Number 1 on the singles chart in 34 countries including the US’ Billboard Hot 100, where it remained Number 1 for a record equalling 16 consecutive weeks and is certified diamond in five countries including in the US. ‘Shape of You’ has sold over 40 million singles and has had over 4 million radio performances. Johnny McDaid also co-wrote ‘Photograph’ which is the 13th most streamed song of all time with 1.3 billion streams and is certified 4x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK.

Johnny McDaid co-wrote five songs on Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’ album which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, reached Number 1 in 15 countries including the UK, where it is the 20th best selling album of all time having been certified 11x platinum and the US where it is certified 4x platinum as well as co-writing and or producing eight songs on his Grammy Award winning ‘÷’ album which reached Number 1 in 14 countries including the UK where it is certified 11x platinum and the US where it is certified 4x platinum. These include the US platinum and UK 3x platinum hit ‘Galway Girl’, the US and UK platinum certified ‘Tenerife Sea’, the UK platinum certified ‘Supermarket Flowers’, the UK platinum certified ‘What Do I Know?’ and the UK Number 2 ‘Bloodstream’.

The Catalogue also includes Pink’s Grammy Award nominated ‘What About Us’ which is certified platinum in the US and UK and reached Number 1 in nine countries, as well as songs by Robbie Williams, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Example, Rudimental, Biffy Clyro and Birdy.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Johnny McDaid’s interest in his catalogue of songs released before 1 April 2019 which comprises 91 songs.

Johnny McDaid was represented by his manager Erik Eger, business manager Kevin McCullough, lawyer Willie Ryan,  and spearheaded by attorney Michael Poster of Michelman and Robinson. 

 Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“It’s hard to have some of the biggest songs in the world and yet still be so underrated but Johnny is one of the most extraordinary creators and his work with Ed and so many others speaks for itself and it’s an honour to welcome him and Erik to the Hipgnosis family.”

Erik Eger said:

“Merck’s background as an artist manager enabled him to quickly understand what was important to Johnny in this deal and deliver on it.  Johnny and I are encouraged by Merck’s mission of advocating for songwriters and wish him every success in this endeavor.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Brendan O’Brien

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Brendan O’Brien

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Brendan O’Brien

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from three time Grammy Award winning producer, mixer, engineer, and musician Brendan O’Brien, who has produced 17 US Number 1 albums. Producing some of the most influential albums in the history of rock music, Brendan O’Brien has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Train and The Killers.

Brendan O’Brien initially gained global recognition in 1990 by mixing The Black Crowe’s debut album ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, which peaked at Number 4 in the Billboard Hot 200 and has gone on to sell over 5 million copies in the US where it was certified 5x platinum in 1995. In 1991 Brendan O’Brien mixed the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakthrough album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’. ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ is widely considered to be a seminal part of the US alternative rock explosion of the last 30 years and is certified 7x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK. The album’s second single ‘Under the Bridge’ reached Number 2 on the Billboard Top 100 and is certified platinum in both the US and UK.

Brendan O’Brien also collaborated closely with Pearl Jam, who are considered one of the most important and influential bands of the last 30 years, producing or mixing almost their entire catalogue. This included the bands’ Grammy Award nominated second album ‘VS.’ which broke the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week reaching Number 1 in the US where it is certified 7x platinum, the Grammy nominated ‘Vitalogy’ which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and is certified 5x platinum in the US, ‘No Code’ which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and is certified platinum in the US, ‘Yield’ which is certified platinum in the US as well as the Grammy Award nominated ‘Backspacer’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’ both of which reached Number 1 in the US. He also mixed the Number 2 and US platinum album “Binaural”.

Brendan O’Brien produced Rage Against The Machine’s albums ‘Evil Empire’ which reached Number 1 in the US where it was certified 3x platinum, including the Grammy Award winning single ‘Tire Me’, the Grammy nominated, ‘The Battle of Los Angeles’ which reached Number 1 in the US where it was certified 2x platinum, including the Grammy Award winning single ‘Guerrilla Radio’, and the US platinum certified ‘Renegades’.

Brendan O’ Brien mixed ‘Superunknown’ which was Soundgarden’s breakout album, earning the band international recognition. Upon its release in March 1994, ‘Superunknown’ debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, and eventually closed the year as the 13th best-selling album of 1994. ‘Superunknown’ has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is more than 5x platinum in the US alone.

Brendan O’Brien produced and mixed nearly the entire catalogue of the Grammy Award winning Stone Temple Pilots who are one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the past 30 years having sold 40 million records worldwide. This included their 8x US platinum certified 1991 debut album ‘Core’, their US Number 1 and 6x platinum certified album ‘Purple’, their US 2x platinum certified album ‘Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop’ and their US platinum certified album ‘No. 4’.

In 2002, Brendan O’Brien collaborated with Bruce Springsteen producing his Grammy Award winning album ‘The Rising’. ‘The Rising’ was Springsteen’s first studio album in seven years and was nominated for two Grammy Awards winning “Best Rock Album”. The album reached Number 1 in 11 countries including the US and UK where it was certified 2x platinum and platinum respectively. Following ‘The Rising’ Brendan O’Brien produced Bruce Springsteen’s hit albums ‘Magic’ which was ranked 2nd on Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 50 Albums of 2007’ and reached Number 1 in the US, where it is certified platinum, ‘Devils & Dust’ which reached Number 1 in the US and ‘Working on a Dream’ which has sold more than three million copies worldwide.

The Catalogue also includes Korn’s US Number 1 album ‘Follow the Leader’, Limp Bizkit’s US Number 1 and 7x platinum certified album ‘Significant Other’, The Offspring’s US Platinum certified album ‘Conspiracy of One’, Train’s 2x platinum certified album ‘Drops of Jupiter’, Audioslave’s US Number 1 album ‘Out Of Exile’, AC/DC’s ‘Black Ice’ which reached Number 1 in 29 counties including the US and UK where it was certified 2x platinum and platinum respectively and The Killers UK Number 1 and platinum certified album ‘Battle Born’.

Brendan O’Brien has been nominated for the Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical” three times, winning in 2009.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Brendan O’Brien’s interest in his catalogue which comprises his worldwide producer royalties for 1,855 works.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“It’s very easy to state that Brendan O’Brien is one of the greatest producers of all time and certainly defines the best rock music of not only the 90s but the last 30 years. Almost every artist he has helped develop has entered or will enter the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for good reason. I’m beyond honoured to welcome Brendan and his historic catalogue into the Hipgnosis family.”

Neil Jacobson said:

“Brendan is not only a metaphorical first ballot hall of famer in the production world, and not only does this catalogue speak for its self (Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Bruce Springsteen etc) but you also have to understand how incredible the quality of each vocal is. His ear for vocal production – a very specific thing in music production – might be one of the greatest of all time. Each one of these copyrights is a case study in what we call a magic vocal. That’s one aspect of the ‘art of Brendan O’Brien’ in my personal opinion.”

Brendan O’Brien said:

“Merck and Hipgnosis were really passionate about the Music I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of over the years. They are Music people and their commitment made me feel like the records would be in safe hands.”

About Crescent Drive Productions:

(www.cdp.media)

Crescent Drive Productions was founded in 2019 by longtime record executive, manager, and hitmaker Neil Jacobson. Having worked with Interscope Records for the entirety of his career since beginning nearly twenty years ago and heading up Geffen Records for the last three, Jacobson’s newly founded company specializes in producer and songwriter management, while also focusing on the sales of high-profile publishing and producer catalogues. Past and present clients include Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Brendan O’Brien, King Henry, will.i.am, Robin Thicke, Ian Fitchuk, Beach Noise, Bipolar Sunshine and more.

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
AEG EUROPEAN FESTIVALS DIVISION HIRES CLARE LUSHER AS FIRST MARKETING AND BRAND DIRECTOR

AEG EUROPEAN FESTIVALS DIVISION HIRES CLARE LUSHER AS FIRST MARKETING AND BRAND DIRECTOR

AEG EUROPEAN FESTIVALS DIVISION HIRES CLARE LUSHER AS FIRST MARKETING AND BRAND DIRECTOR

AEG European Festivals led by CEO Jim King announced today that Clare Lusher will become the division’s first Marketing and Brand Director. Clare who has previously held senior roles including Group Marketing Director at Mama & Co and earlier in her career at The Walt Disney Company and Sony Music joins having run her own consultancy with clients ranging from Frieze Art Fair to The Guardian.

Clare will lead on all aspects of brand and marketing for the current portfolio as well as developing strategies for future events. This role directs all creative, brand, marketing and communications strategies across all event, partnership and artist channels.

As part of the European Festivals leadership team she will help build on AEG’s already strong presence in the European festival market which currently includes world class events American Express presents BST Hyde Park, All Points East and Rock En Seine in Paris. A series of huge and iconic headliners are already confirmed for both the UK festivals including Taylor Swift, Kraftwerk, Pearl Jam, Little Mix and Tame Impala with more to be announced. 

Jim King said “The creation of this new leadership position was a hugely important part of the festival division structure. It underlines AEG’s commitment to invest in high quality marketing, brand and partnership strategies so we can offer even greater value for the fans, artists and partners. Clare is highly creative and has a proven track record in leadership and delivering excellence so we’re delighted she has chosen to join AEG to drive this key part of our business.” 

Clare Lusher said “I am delighted to be joining AEG at this pivotal time. The new position presents the ideal opportunity to nurture and develop a multifaceted, creatively insightful and future fit marketing team. AEG have a reputation of delivering world class shows and I look forward to maximising the wealth of collaborative potential across brand and media partnerships combined with overarching strategic clarity”. 

SAVE THE DATE- OUTERNET LONDON TO OPEN IN 2020

SAVE THE DATE- OUTERNET LONDON TO OPEN IN 2020

SAVE THE DATE- OUTERNET LONDON TO OPEN IN 2020

The countdown to launch of London’s next great cultural landmark has begun in earnest. 9 months since its ‘topping out’ ceremony, the Outernet is set to welcome Londoners for the first time in December 2020.

The Outernet campus, located at the nexus of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, is the first global roll-out of city-centre, high-capacity immersive media spaces. Further sites have been identified in the US and Asia.

Outernet Global’s stated mission is to become the world’s leading immersive entertainment brand. Outernet London will build on the heritage of its Denmark Street ‘Tin Pan Alley’ locale and transform the mythology of its past into the cultural must-see moments of today.

Outernet Global CEO, Philip O’Ferrall, commented:

“London loves entertainment; and the world loves London. The diversity and vibrancy of our music and culture is celebrated all around the world. The Outernet offers an extraordinary set of awe-inspiring cultural experiences for audiences near and far. On-site, titanic screens for audiences in the millions sit alongside intimate venues for the lucky few. Over the coming months, we will be announcing partnerships with artists, household-name brands and some of the world’s best-known entertainment properties. Happy 2020, London. We can’t wait to see you at the Outernet.”

Outernet London-Features

Outernet London’s campus comprises two large immersive public spaces- The Now building and Now Trending. Each space features 8K, 360-degree floor-to-ceiling screens capable of delivering the most jaw-dropping audio-visual experiences in the world. Beneath the public space is a 2,000 seater live entertainment venue- London’s first large-scale venue since 1940. Two smaller venues- including the iconic 12-Bar Club- will complete a trio of dedicated performance venues. Outernet London will also be a home to the ‘Chateau Denmark’ hotel, a selection of independent retailers (including the parade of guitar shops), restaurants and bars.

Outernet London- Brand partnerships

The versatility, scale and connectivity of the Outernet network is a world first for brand owners and advertisers. The features and facilities can be configured to deliver global grand moments unparalleled in today’s media marketplace. Outernet has already agreements with a selection of early-adopter global brands, and the Outernet Global team is open for business with others seeking to create immediate global impact.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jack Antonoff.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jack Antonoff.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jack Antonoff.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Jack Antonoff. 

Jack Antonoff is lead singer of Bleachers, founding member of Grammy Award winning band Fun and a prolific songwriter and producer who has collaborated with global superstars such as Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray, Lorde, Pink, St Vincent and many others.

The four time Grammy Award winner will maintain an interest in the catalogue and work closely with Hipgnosis in the management of his songs.

With Fun., Jack Antonoff co-wrote their 2011 worldwide hit ‘We Are Young’, featuring Janelle Monáe, which reached Number 1 in 12 countries including the UK and US, where it was certified diamond, as well as winning the Grammy Award for “Song of the Year” whilst Fun. won “Best New Artist”. Jack Antonoff also co-wrote the Fun. singles ‘Some Nights’ and ‘Carry on’ which are certified 7x and 2x platinum in the US respectively. 

Jack Antonoff has collaborated closely with Taylor Swift co-writing and producing much of her last three albums. This includes three Songs on the Grammy Award winning ‘1989’ which reached Number 1 in 12 Countries including the US and UK and was the best-selling album of 2014 as well as becoming certified 9x platinum in the US and selling over 15 million copies worldwide. Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album ‘Reputation’, which Jack Antonoff co-wrote and produced five songs on, was nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album”, is 3x platinum in the US and has over 5 million sales worldwide.

With Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff co-wrote the US Number 1 ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ by Zayn and Taylor Swift, which featured as the Soundtrack to the 2017 film ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. Both of these singles reaching 4x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK.

The Catalogue also includes Sara Bareilles’ 3x US platinum ‘Brave’, Lorde’s ‘Green Light’ which is certified platinum in both the US and UK and Rachael Platten’s US platinum certified ‘Stand By You’.

Jack Antonoff has received significant critical acclaim, being nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, winning his fourth for his co-writing on the title track of St. Vincent’s fifth studio album ‘Masseducation’.  “Masseducation” along with Fun’s “Some Nights”, Taylor Swift’s “1989”, Lorde’s “Melodrama”, and Lana Del Ray’s “Norman Rockwell” are amongst the most critically acclaimed albums of their time. 

The co-owned Catalogue comprises the worldwide publishing and writer share of performance income for 188 songs including Jack Antonoff’s award winning and multi-platinum work with Fun., Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles and Lorde amongst others. Hipgnosis’ share of the Catalogue will be allocated to the C Shares.

Jack Antonoff is represented by Tyler Childs at Forward Artist Management and Gillian Bar of Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“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.”

Jack Antonoff and his manager Tyler Childs said:

“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.”

About Jack Antonoff:

Jack Antonoff is a four-time GrammyAward-winning singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, as well as the creative force behind Bleachers. After serving as lead guitarist in multi-platinum band fun., Antonoff launched his solo project Bleachers in 2014 with the critically acclaimed debut album Strange Desire. The album found him setting emotional meditations on anxiety, depression, and loss against a backdrop of earworm melodies and massive choruses on songs like the gold-certified “I Wanna Get Better” (which topped Billboard’s Alternative chart) and the #3 Alternative radio hit “Rollercoaster.” Antonoff toured the world for a year and a half in support of Strange Desire, building a cult fan base for his cathartic, suburban influenced anthems. In 2017 Bleacher’s released their critically acclaimed sophomore album Gone Now, via RCA Records.

In addition to his work with Bleachers, Antonoff is an in-demand songwriter and producer for other artists, including Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, St. Vincent, Zayn, Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara, Kevin Abstract, Troye Sivan and Grimes. He also founded and curated the annual “Shadow of the City” music festival, which takes place in Antonoff’s home state of New Jersey in the parking lot of the Asbury Park Stone Pony.

Antonoff is also a passionate advocate for Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ rights, having recently collected signatures from 142 high-profile artists, writers, and creators to deliver a message to legislators in Texas considering anti-LGBTQ laws. He is a co-founder of The Ally Coalition (TAC), which encourages allies of the LGBTQ community to take action for LGBTQ equality and support its causes. TAC has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last few years for local LGBTQ homeless shelters around the US.

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

Photo by Maclay Heriot

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Jeff Bhasker

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from the 5 times Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bhasker.

Jeff Bhasker has collaborated on some of the biggest, most successful and most influential songs of the last 15 years including co-writing and producing the top song of the decade as recently announced by Billboard magazine in their “Top 10 Songs of the Decade” chart with ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. ‘Uptown Funk’ reached Number 1 on the singles chart in 19 countries including the US where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks. It also has been certified 11x platinum in the US and has been streamed over 1.1 billion times on Spotify alone.

In 2008 to 2012 Jeff Bhasker collaborated closely with Kanye West on his US Number 1 and platinum album ‘808s & Heartbreak’, his US Number 1 and 2x platinum album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and the Jay Z and Kanye West collaboration US Number 1 album ‘Watch The Throne’ which was certified platinum in the US. This included co-writing and producing Kanye West’s ‘All of the Lights’ featuring Rihanna, which was nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song”, and is certified 4x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK, ‘Run This Town’ by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West which won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song” at the 2009 Grammy Awards as well being certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK where it reached Number 1 in the singles chart, ‘Love Lockdown’ by Kanye West which is 3x platinum certified in the US, ‘Power’ by Kanye West which is 2x platinum certified in the US, ‘Amazing’ by Kanye West featuring Young Jeezy which is platinum certified in the US, ‘Runaway’ by Kanye West featuring Pusha T which is platinum certified in the US as well as playing credits on the US platinum certified hit ‘Monster’ by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.

Jeff Bhasker co-wrote and produced Fun’s 2012 album ‘Some Nights’, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including all three singles. The first single from the album ‘We Are Young’ featuring Janelle Monáe received three Grammy Award nominations, winning “Song of the Year” as well reaching Number 1 in 10 countries including the US and UK and being certified diamond in the US and 2x platinum in the UK. This was followed with the next two singles ‘Some Nights’ and ‘Carry On’ achieving 7x platinum and 2x platinum certifications in the US respectively. Jeff Bhasker worked again with Nate Ruess, lead singer of Fun, co-writing and producing the 4x US platinum and 2x UK platinum hit ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ by Pink featuring Nate Ruess which reached Number 1 in 19 countries including the US and on the US platinum hit ‘Headlights’ by Eminem featuring Nate Ruess.

Jeff Bhasker produced four songs on Bruno Mars’ US and UK Number 1 album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ which won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and is certified 4x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK. This included producing the Grammy Award nominated and US Number 1 ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ which is certified 7x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK and the US platinum singles ‘Young Girls’ and ‘Gorilla’.

In 2012, Bhasker co-wrote and produced two singles off Alicia Key’s US Number 1 and platinum certified album ‘Girl on Fire’ including the headline single ‘Girls on Fire’ which is certified platinum in the UK.

The Catalogue also includes Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ which is 4x platinum certified in the US and 3x platinum certified in the UK and having been streamed over 1.3 billion times is the 13th most streamed song of all time, Drake’s ‘Find Your Love’ which is 3x platinum certified in the US, Harry Styles’ UK Number 1 ‘Sign Of The Times’ which is certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK, Cam’s ‘Burning House’ which is certified 2x platinum in the US and four songs on Lana Del Rey’s album ‘Born to Die’ which is 3x platinum certified in the UK and platinum certified in the US as well as songs with Beyoncé, Snoop Dog, The Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.

In coordination with Bhasker’s management company Crescent Drive Productions and its Founder Neil Jacobson, Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Jeff Bhasker’s interest in his catalogue which comprises 436 songs. This Catalogue will be allocated to the C Shares

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“You would be hard pressed to name a creator of the last 20 years that is more important than Jeff. He has been an essential part of amongst the most culturally important and commercially successful recordings of our time with Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Drake, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Pink, Eminem, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray and so many others he has rewritten the rule book on how art makes it to Number 1. I am ecstatic to welcome Jeff and Neil into the Hipgnosis family.”

Neil Jacobson said:

“Merck is an art collector with a keen eye for masterpieces rather than say a commodities guy who is just valuing income streams. I realize when you zoom out they probably are pretty close to the same thing but it makes a difference to me and to my artists to know that whoever is acquiring this great music understands it and loves it.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue by the English indie band, the Kaiser Chiefs from B-Unique. 

The Kaiser Chiefs’ 2005 debut album ‘Employment’, which won the Ivor Novello Award for “Best Album”, is certified 6x platinum in the UK and includes the platinum certified ‘I Predict a Riot’, ‘Oh My God’ which reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart and the UK Top 10 ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’. With ‘Employment’ the Kaiser Chiefs won three Brit Awards in 2006, an NME Award for “Best Album” and were shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.

The Band’s second album ‘Yours Truly Angry Mob’ released in 2007 reached Number 1 in the UK Album Charts and is certified as 2x platinum in the UK and included the UK Number 1 and platinum certified lead single ‘Ruby’.

The Catalogue also includes the UK Top 5 single ‘Never Miss a Beat’ off the Band’s 2008 Number 2 album ‘Off With Their Heads’. 

The Catalogue consists of 100% of the worldwide ownership of the master rights to the Kaiser Chiefs’ first four studio albums, ‘Employment’, ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’, ‘Off With Their Heads’ and The Future is Medieval’, as well as their greatest hits album ‘Souvenir’ and their live audiovisual release ‘Live at Elland Road’. This Catalogue will be allocated to the C Shares.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“The Kaiser Chiefs have been one of the most successful English bands of the last 15 years and it’s no secret that it’s down to great songs, great albums and a terrific live show. They follow the very English tradition of The Who and Madness and incredible hits like I Predict a Riot and Ruby just get better with time. I’m delighted that Mark, Martin, James, Nick, Ricky and the band have entrusted us with this special catalogue.”

Mark Lewis & Martin Toher of B-Unique said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Hipgnosis story, Merck managed the first band signed to B-unique, we know he is a proper music man. This deal will allow us to continue working with the Kaisers and James to keep this great catalogue growing.

Martin and I shared such a commonality with the band, we both had a real underdog spirit and the fact that they are still having top 3 albums and selling more tickets than ever is a testament to their continued hunger.”

James Sandom at Red Light Management said:

“It’s great to be in business with Merck and Hipgnosis. We’re excited by the potential and fresh focus on Kaiser Chiefs classic catalogue in this new chapter, Hipgnosis’ modern thinking and resource will add value and presence to a catalogue that’s engrained in British culture.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Brand Istanbul given center stage at the 20th MARKA Conference

Brand Istanbul given center stage at the 20th MARKA Conference

Brand Istanbul given center stage at the 20thMARKA Conference

In its 20th year, MARKA Conference puts Istanbul in the spotlight, looking at every facet that this exciting city has to offer – from fashion and music, arts, culture, business, entertainment, and the latest trends – through a programme of outstanding international speakers. 

Prominent figures from all spheres of life will participate in engaging discussions at the 20th MARKA conference showcasing a myriad of groundbreaking ideas and an exciting meeting of minds.  Sir Paul Smith, one of the most respected names of the fashion world, Mary Katrantzou, who transforms fashion from individualism into a social movement, designers Ayşe and Ece Ege, who create art from fashion, Bünyamin Aydın, who drew inspiration from the streets of Istanbul and became a global household name, Sahir Erozan, who rewrote the constitution of entertainment, French designer Ora ItoCem Mirap, whose story extends from the neighborhood to the international restaurant scene, MoMA’s legendary director Glenn D. Lowry,  Mehmet Gürs, who restored the well-deserved honor of Anatolian cuisine,  British GQ Editor in Chief Dylan Jones, CEO of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, and Moroccan-French singer and actress Hindi Zahra known for her unique and unrivaled amalgamation of jazz and world music, Turkey’s greatest contemporary artist Halil Altındere, all join this year’s MARKA Conference with their new ideas and fresh statements.

Pakistani activist writer Fatima Bhutto will also bring fresh ideas to the conference. The renowned writer is one of the biggest advocates of women’s rights and the freedom of the press. Having caused quite a stir with her latest book New Kings of the World, she will focus on the reasons behind the unstoppable rise of Eastern values in the West through the eyes of an Eastern activist woman living in the West during her speech at the MARKA Conference.

Hailed as the most powerful business and ideas platform in Turkey, the MARKA Conference will take place at the palace building of Çırağan Palace Kempinski on December 18 and 19. Having dedicated its 20th year to Istanbul, a city recognized as a global travel hotspot and leading cultural and business hub, MARKA Conference is shining a light on Istanbul and all it has to offer to the world.

MARKA Conference founder Ayşegül Yürekli Şengör states, “As one of the most powerful platforms of the business world, I believe we have a very important responsibility to create a valuable and meaningful output in the 20th year of the MARKA Conference.” Inspired by İstanbul from the first day onwards – MARKA is at its heart analogous to the attributes of this beautiful city: cosmopolitan, dynamic, innovative, and inclusive of diverse perspectives.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from  Fraser T. Smith

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Fraser T. Smith

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Fraser T. Smith

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Fraser T. Smith who has co-written, mixed and produced seven UK Number 1 and two US Number 1 singles, as well as contributing to 17 Number 1 albums.

Fraser T. Smith co-wrote and produced ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ from Adele’s 2011 album ‘21’ which was crowned by Billboard 200 Albums as the “Greatest of All Time” and is the best selling album of the 21st century. In addition to winning the Grammy Award for “Best Solo Pop Performance”, ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ achieved 13 Number 1s and 35 Top 10s globally including in the US and UK and was certified 4x Platinum in the US and 2x Platinum in the UK and has been streamed over 480 million times on Spotify alone. Fraser T. Smith was also co-writer and co-executive producer on Stormzy’s seminal UK Number 1 album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, which was “British Album of the Year” at the 2018 Brit awards and became the first grime album in history to reach UK Number one as well as achieving six Top 10 chart positions globally, including co-writing and producing the seminal Platinum certified single ‘Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2’.

Fraser T. Smith is also responsible for ‘Break your Heart’ by Taio Cruz, co-written and produced by Fraser T. Smith, which reached Number 1 in 4 countries including the UK and the US where it was certified 3x Platinum (167 million Spotify streams); ‘Broken Strings’ by James Morrison featuring Nelly Furtado which achieved four Number 1 chart positions globally (165 million Spotify streams); and ‘Number 1’ by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz which was Number 1 and certified Platinum in the UK (31 million Spotify streams). He also co-wrote and produced on Jesse & Joy’s album ‘Un Besito Más’ which was nominated as ‘Album Of The Year’ in 2015 at the Latin Grammy’s and won for ‘Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album’ and ‘Best Latin Pop Album’.

The Catalogue also includes his collaborations with Kano, where he was a co-writer and producer on his 2016 MOBO Award winning album ‘Made In The Manor’; Sam Smith, on his 9x Platinum and Grammy nominated Number 1 album ‘In The Lonely Hour’. Fraser T. Smith has also co-written and produced for Dave, Plan B, Cee Lo Green and Craig David.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Fraser T. Smith’s worldwide writer share of performance income of his Catalogue which comprises of 298 songs.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“It’s an honour to welcome Fraser T. Smith and Sarah T. Smith to the Hipgnosis family. Every time I hear one of Fraser’s songs they always feel special. He writes and produces enormously successful songs that make popular music not only special but culturally important.”

Fraser T. Smith said:

“Merck’s pedigree as a music industry executive, manager and visionary is almost unprecedented – and above all, he truly realises the value of the song in popular culture. I’m excited to be part of the Hipgnosis family, and know that this part of my songwriting catalogue is in very safe hands.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

EAST END LEGENDS IRON MAIDEN & WEST HAM UNITED UNVEIL FOOTBALL KIT COLLABORATION

Die With Your Boots On is the name of a unique collaboration between Iron Maiden and West Ham United. Named after the 1983 song of the same name and driven by die-hard West Ham fan and founder member of the band Steve Harris, this partnership brings together two institutions with shared origins in London’s East End.

Harris has been flying the flag for West Ham on stage for decades, with his bass guitar even featuring the club’s iconic logo. His love for the Hammers goes back to 1965, as he recollects, “I went to see West Ham play against Newcastle when I was 9 and my mate was 10. We jumped on a bus and went to the game, and they won 4-3 and that was it. I was hooked!”

Many Maiden fans around the world have embraced Harris’ passion for West Ham and taken up support for the club themselves, often appearing at concerts in Hammers apparel. Steve added, “When I’m up there playing and I see fans in the audience wearing West Ham stuff it gives me goosebumps.”

Tracey Stratton, Licensing Manager at West Ham, was aware of the phenomenon. “One weekend last summer our club shop was inundated with rock fans from all across the globe, and we realised that Iron Maiden were playing two sold out shows at the O2. It makes perfect sense to launch this collaboration, and with Steve’s passion for it and attention to detail it has been amazing.”

Harris is very proud of the tie up with West Ham and was deeply involved in the design process, commenting, “I think it’s brilliant. I really love that version and colour of the crest, and that old classic kind of kit. It’s a modern shape but with a retro design, and I like that. Up the Irons!”

A full home kit will be available to fans around the world, who can now show their love for both institutions with one unique homage to the Irons. Steve launched the kit with West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who added, “Iron Maiden are a huge icon back home in South America and it’s great for fans of West Ham and the band to be able to show their support for both!”

The kit is available to order now from maiden.store/whu and www.officialwesthamstore.com. A limited number of shirts will also be made available in the West Ham store at the London Stadium upon release.

Nick Caley || Director of Corporate Communications

M: 07711 081 843

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited announce the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value has increased

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that, following the Company’s semi-annual valuation of its Song Portfolio by an independent valuer, the Company’s unaudited Operative Net Asset Value (‘Operative NAV’) as at 30 September 2019 has increased by 5.03% to 108.46 pence per Ordinary Share (31 March 2019: 103.27 pence).

The Group expects to announce its interim results for the 6 months ended 30 September 2019 on 11 December 2019.

At 30 September 2019 the Company had no C Shares in issue therefore the first NAV for the C Shares to be published, unless already converted, will be as at 31 March 2020.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“This is an excellent NAV result, and together with the dividends paid reflects a 7.45% Total NAV Return for our shareholders for the first half of the year and a Total NAV Return of 11.96% since Hipgnosis launched 16 months ago. This is a testament to the great power of not only our songs but music and proven songs in general and supports our thesis that songs are a new asset class to be taken as seriously as gold and oil. Our results are not only positive news for Hipgnosis and our shareholders but for all songwriters.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Outernet London signs deal with AOTO to build world’s largest LED screen deployment by pixel density

Outernet London signs deal with AOTO to build world’s largest LED screen deployment by pixel density

Outernet London signs deal with AOTO to build world’s largest LED screen deployment by pixel density

Outernet Global, a worldwide network of city-centre, high capacity immersive media spaces – the first of which will open in London in Autumn 2020 – today announced a landmark deal with leading display manufacturer AOTO. The partnership will see the creation of a series of screens at Outernet London that will deliver the largest LED screen deployment by pixel density on the planet. 

The 8K, 360 degree floor to ceiling screens will mean the Outernet London can create truly extraordinary digital moments for brands and other media partners. Visitors will enjoy stunning HDR content at a scale that has never been seen before with the clearest picture available on the market.

In the heart of London’s busiest shopping district and the hub of the city’s Crossrail high-capacity rail network, Outernet London will amplify the cultural power of Soho and the musical heritage of Denmark Street, a beacon for British music. Every day, commuters, Londoners and tourists will enjoy captivating new experiences as Outernet London broadcasts specially curated content. The campus will also feature a 2,000 capacity live events space and two smaller venues, Rock N Roll hotel ‘Chateau Denmark’ plus retail and independent restaurants and bars

Phillip O’Ferrall, CEO Outernet said, “Outernet London will be different to any kind of brand experience the public have ever had. To make that happen we needed the power to deliver beautiful and impactful digital content. We’re delighted that AOTO will be our display manufacturing partner for the London site. They have vast experience in narrow pixel pitch LED display which will be vital in delivering the highly immersive experience we are going to achieve with our enormous display canvas. These screens let us create a media environment like no other giving visitors a reason to return again and again and really engage with what they see every time.” 

Outernet London is utilising an outdoor-rated sub 3mm premium full video AOTO LED display across its London site including all semi-outdoor zones. Next generation video processing is via AOTO 64K video processors, offering 10bit HDR YCC4:4:4 @60Hz to give an ultra-high contrast display which can be highly customised to meet client demands.

www.outernetglobal.com

For further information please contact:

Nick Caley – The Outside Organisation – 07711081843/Nicholas.caley@outside-org.co.uk

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund was today welcomed to the London Stock Exchange to celebrate its successful admission to the Premium Segment of the Official List and on the completion of four equity fundraises since its launch in June 2018. Founded by Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis Songs Fund allows investors to benefit from all the revenue streams that songs deliver from streaming to being used on TV, ads and movies. 
Since IPO the Company has raised over £625 million of equity capital and has acquired some of the most culturally important and successful songs released over the last 50 years. This includes songs performed by globally successful artists including: Journey,  Eurythmics, Shaun Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Maroon 5, Al Green, Booker T & The MG’s, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, One Direction, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Chic, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Sia, David Guetta, Michael Jackson and Santana.

Merck Mercuriadis commented: “Nile Rodgers and I are honoured to be have been invited back to the London Stock Exchange to celebrate Hipgnosis’ continuing success as a listed fund, and its migration to the Premium Segment. I started Hipgnosis to give the investment community access to the predictable and reliable revenues generated by proven songs. Proven songs are the currency on which the music industry trades and I’m delighted they now have an opportunity to provide excellent returns for our investors. It has never been more important for investors to have uncorrelated opportunities and it’s exciting to have established SONGS as an asset class that is comparable to gold and oil. I am very grateful for all the support from our shareholders who have backed us with over £625 million raised in the 16 months since launch. We have acquired some of the most culturally important songs of all time and lined up the finest available song catalogues for deploying the capital raised over the summer”.