Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited has acquired a music catalog comprised of 144 songs from Jamie Scott, the UK songwriter and record producer responsible for 84 No.1, 188 Top 5 and 247 Top 10 Chart positions globally.
Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Jamie Scott’s interest including all BMI and PRS income in his catalog. The founder of Hipgnosis, Merck Mercuriadis, tells MBW that the deal includes both the writer’s and publisher’s share of the music, and that Scott’s catalog will continue to be administered by Sony/ATV following the buyout.
As a writer and producer, Scott has written or co-written ten UK No. 1 albums, four US No. 1 albums and four UK No. 1 singles. These are estimated to have sold over 75 million albums and 75 million singles globally in addition to being streamed over 7 billion times on Spotify.
Jamie Scott has co-written multiple platinum certified singles including the four times platinum certified ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and the platinum certified ‘Skin’ by Rag’n’Bone Man. He has also co-written songs released by Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Keith Urban, Callum Scott, Tom Odell, Birdy, Nelly Furtado, Michael Kiwanuka, 5 Seconds Of Summer, The Vamps, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, Jessie Ware and Christina Perri.
“Jamie Scott has been the UK’s most consistent hitmaker of the last 10 years.”
Scott has notably co-written 29 songs for One Direction, including the UK No.1 and US Top 10 track ‘Drag Me Down’ plus ‘Story of My Life’.
In addition, Scott co-wrote two singles from Niall Horan’s debut album ‘Flicker’: including the global Top 10 hits ‘This Town’ which reached No. 9 in the UK, and ‘Too Much To Ask’.
Scott’s latest released song, ‘These Days’ by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, reached No.1 in the UK after being at No.2 for a record-tying 7 weeks and is one of the biggest British singles of the last 18 months.
It has achieved more than 11 Number 1, 31 Top 5 and 34 Top 10 chart positions globally. It has also been nominated for the 2019 Ivor Novello award for ‘Most Performed Work’.
Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: “Jamie Scott has been the UK’s most consistent hitmaker of the last 10 years.
“From 29 songs that drove the seminal boy band of their generation, One Direction, to Rag N’ Bone Man to this year’s Ivor Novello nomination with Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, Jamie never fails to deliver. Nile Rodgers and I love working with him and Rick, and we are delighted to welcome them to the Hipgnosis family”.
Jamie Scott said: “I’m very excited to be part of the Hipgnosis family, Merck’s vision and understanding of the importance of the song in an artist’s career is incredible.”
“I’m very excited to be part of the Hipgnosis family, Merck’s vision and understanding of the importance of the song in an artist’s career is incredible.”
Jamie Scott (pictured, main)
Richard Wilson, manager to Jamie Scott, said: “It was a pleasure to deal with Merck and everyone at Hipgnosis. Merck is at the forefront of valuing what songwriters do for the music business, and realises that without them, we would not have one.”
Hipgnosis’s latest acquisition comes a month after it raised $185m with which to buy rights in the songwriter/publishing marketplace.
Since then, it has acquired 100% of Dave Stewart’s copyright interest in his catalog.
Since last summer, Hipgnosis has also acquired stakes in catalogs created by celebrated songwriters like Giorgio Tuinfort (David Guetta), Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes), The-Dream (Justin Bieber, Rihanna), Poo Bear (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber), Itaal Shur (Santana), Bernard Edwards (Chic), Tricky Stewart (Rihanna, Beyoncé) and TMS (Jess Glynne, Little Mix).
The company has also recently bought up rights to No.1 songs such as Yeah by Usher, Check On It by Beyoncé, We Belong Together by Mariah Carey and Be Without You by Mary J. Blige.
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