Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

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 Ari Levine, a multi-Grammy nominated songwriter and producer, best known for his work as a member of the three-piece writing and producing group The Smeezingtons (whose members also include Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence).

Ari Levine has achieved 99 Number 1, 256 Top 5 and 361 Top 10 Chart positions globally with numerous artists including Bruno Mars, Ce Lo Green, Diplo and Mark Ronson.

Ari has written multiple Top 10 hits, including ‘F**k You’ by Cee Lo Green, ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’, ‘When I Was You Man’ and ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars, ‘Billionaire’ by Travie McCoy, ‘Nothin’ On You’ by B.o.B. and ‘One Day’ by Matisyahu.

For Ari and The Smeezingtons, critical acclaim has come hand-in-hand with commercial success.  Whilst Ari has won numerous ASCAP Awards, The Smeezingtons have also been nominated twice for the ‘Producer of the Year’ Grammy Award, and ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, by Bruno Mars, was nominated for both ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

The Company has acquired 100% of Ari Levine’s copyright ownership in his catalogue, which comprises 76 songs in total, including 100% of his writer share of performance income collected and distributed by the Performance Rights Organization GMR (Global Music Rights).

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

“Ari is one of the most important writers and producers of the new pop era. Having co-written and produced the entirety of the seminal first two Bruno Mars albums, which include 4 Number 1 singles in ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’, ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and ‘When I Was Your Man’, as well as the Number 1 single ‘F**k You’ for Cee Lo Green, Ari’s work has resulted in some of the most highly regarded and enduring songs of the last 10 years. He has everyone’s respect and I’m delighted to welcome him to the Hipgnosis family.”

Ari Levine said:

“I couldn’t be happier with a better home for my catalogue. Merck and Hipgnosis are the right executive and company team to look after my musical legacy. I’m proud to have my catalogue in their hands and I’m confident in their ability to grow its value and influence in the upcoming decades.”

Josh Levine said:

“After searching high and low for the right partner, it’s refreshing to find a company like Hipgnosis that not only says what they are going to do but actually follows through with it. I’m excited to have Merck looking over Ari’s catalogue and I’m sure he will care for it like I have over these past 10 years.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) Limited Merck Mercuriadis   Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer James Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance) Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)   Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside Organisation Alan Edwards / Nick Caley Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843

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