London-based Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired a music catalog from musician, singer, songwriter and producer Tom DeLonge, the co-founder of pop-punk band Blink-182.
Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of DeLonge’s copyrights on this catalog, which consists of 157 songs.
Today’s news follows the Merck Mercuriadis-led company’s acquisition of a catalog from Ariana Grande collaborator Savan Kotecha, which was announced before the holidays.
December 2019 also saw the company confirm details of catalog acquisitions from Johnny McDaid, Jack Antonoff and others.
Blink-182 emerged from the Southern California punk scene of the early 1990s and have sold over 13 million albums in the US and over 50m albums worldwide to date.
The band’s first studio album, Cheshire Cat, was released in 1995, with M+M’s and Wasting Time released as singles to promote the album. The album was certified silver in the UK.
Second album Dude Ranch was released in 1997 and was the band’s major record label debut, with lead single Dammit helping the band gain mainstream attention.
The single has been streamed over 150m times. It spent 28 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart reaching No.11, nine weeks on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart peaking at No.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 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.”
The band’s third album, Enema of the State (1999) has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
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.
All The Small Things is certified platinum in the UK, Italy and Australia. The song, which has been streamed over 390m times on Spotify, reached No.1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, No.2 on the UK Singles chart, No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted within the Top 20 in 10 other countries.
The band’s fourth album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket sold more than 14m copies worldwide in 2001 / 2002. The album produced three hit singles that were all Top 10 hits on modern rock charts; The Rock Show, Stay Together for the Kids and First Date.
The album debuted at No.1 in the US, Canada and Germany with first-week sales of 350,000 copies.
The first single, The Rock Show, reached No.2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and in recent years has been streamed over 150m times.
In 2003 the band released an untitled fifth album, also known as Blink-182, which sold 7m copies worldwide. Four singles were released from the album; Feeling This, I Miss You, Down and Always.
Feeling This reached No.2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, was a Top 20 hit in the UK and Australia and has been streamed over 150m times.
I Miss You reached No.1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, and reached No.8 on the UK Singles chart and has since been streamed over 500m times. The album debuted at No.3 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
“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.”
After leaving Blink-182 in 2004, Tom DeLonge started the band Angels and Airwaves (pictured), 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 Blink-182 to make the band’s sixth album Neighborhoods, which debuted at No.3 on the Billboard charts and has achieved gold status in the US, UK and Australia.
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.”Music Business Worldwide