Hipgnosis acquires rights to Bruno Mars hits as part of Ari Levine catalog

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited has acquired a music catalog from Ari Levine, the multi-Grammy nominated songwriter and producer, best known for his work as a member of the three-piece writing and producing group The Smeezingtons (alongside Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence).

Ari Levine has achieved 99 No.1, 256 Top 5 and 361 Top 10 chart positions globally with numerous artists including Bruno Mars, Ce Lo Green, Diplo and Mark Ronson.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Levine’s copyright ownership in his catalog, 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).

Levine has co-written 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.

Whilst Levine 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.

“Ari is one of the most important writers and producers of the new pop era.”

Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis Songs Fun Ltd

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 four 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.”

Today’s news comes less than a week after Hipgnosis confirmed that it had acquired both the publishing and writer’s share of 144 songs written by British hitmaker Jamie Scott.

In April, Hipgnosis raised additional funds of $185m with which to buy rights in the songwriter/publishing marketplace.Music Business Worldwide

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