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Hipgnosis buys six Shawn Mendes songs

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Hipgnosis buys six Shawn Mendes songs – Hipgnosis Songs (SONG) has bought a music catalogue of Teddy Geiger’s copyright interest in six global hit songs written for the multi-platinum selling, Canadian singer and artist Shawn Mendes.

Shawn became the first artist to have four number 1 songs on the billboard adult Top 40 radio airplay chart before turning 20 years old, with ‘Stitches’, ‘Treat You Better’, ‘There’s Nothing Holding Me Back’ and ‘In My Blood’. In addition, he has over 42 million followers on Instagram and his videos have been viewed 6 billion times.

SONG has been busy adding to its catalogue over recent months. You can read more on this story here and here.

What’s on the new playlist

The six songs acquired have achieved 145 Top 10, 83 Top 5 and 23 number 1 chart positions globally and have over five billion streams on Spotify and Apple Music. Details of the songs acquired can be found below:

  • Stitches‘ became Shawn’s first top 10 single to chart in the US, reaching number 4 in May 2015. The song reached number 1 in the UK as well as being a top 10 in over 30 charts globally
  • Treat You Better‘ was the lead single from Shawn’s second studio album ‘Illuminate’. Released in June 2016, “Trust You Better” peaked at number 6 in the US billboard chart, making it his second Top 10 single. The song was top 10 in over 30 charts globally, including being number 1 in Canada
  • Mercy‘ was released in October 2016 as the second single from ‘Illuminate’ and achieved nine top 10s globally
  • There’s Nothing Holding Me Back’ was released in April 2017, as a third single from Illuminate, achieving top 10 chart positions in several countries, including the US and UK, peaking at number 6 in the US
  • In My Blood‘, released in March 2018, was the first single off his self-titled third studio album. It was nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2019 grammy awards and won ‘Single of the Year’ at the 2019 juno awards. ‘In My Blood’ has been streamed over 400 million times on Spotify before becoming his fourth number 1 single on the billboard adult Top 40.
  • Lost In Japan‘, which was also released in March 2018, peaked at number 25 in the US mainstream top 40 chart. It has been streamed over 300 million times on Spotify

Merck Mercuriadis, founder of The Family (Music) Limited and SONG, said: “I consider Teddy Geiger to be amongst the most important contemporary hitmakers. Her work with Shawn Mendes has helped him become a global superstar and is the definition of what a great writer and superb artist can do together, to create not only hits, but what will unquestionably be an enduring career for both. It is our greatest pleasure to add these 6 special songs to our catalogue as they define pop music in the streaming paradigm. We look forward to working with Teddy, Ollie and our friends at Big Deal to make this a winning experience for everyone.”

About SONG

SONG, which was founded by Merck Mercuriadis (Merck), is a Guernsey registered investment company established to offer investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. In its Initial Public Offering on the Specialist Fund Segment of the London stock exchange’s main market on 11 July 2018, the company raised approximately £200m gross equity capital.

About Music

SONG’s investment adviser is Music, former manager of globally successful recording artists, such as Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Morrissey, Iron Maiden and Beyoncé, and hit songwriters such as Diane Warren, Justin Tranter and The-Dream, and former CEO of The Sanctuary Group.  Music has assembled an advisory board of highly successful music industry experts which include award winning members of the artist, songwriter, publishing, legal, financial, recorded music and music management communities, all with in-depth knowledge of music publishing.

SONG: Hipgnosis buys six Shawn Mendes songs

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