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Hipgnosis adds Richie Sambora to its roster

Hipgnosis Songs (SONG) has acquired the music catalogue of songwriters hall of fame and rock and roll hall of fame inductee Richie Sambora.  SONG describes Richie as a legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, most notably known as the lead guitarist and co-writer of the American rock band Bon Jovi.

Richie Sambora, with Bon Jovi, released 12 studio albums, five compilations and two live albums, selling more than 130m records worldwide, making them one of the bestselling bands of all time. Richie Sambora has co-written four US number 1 pop singles and one country number 1. In total he has had six US top 5 songs and 10 US top 10 songs as well as 5 UK top 5 songs and 18 UK top 10 songs.

Bon Jovi are arguably the most successful Rock band in the world of the last 35 years rising to International stardom with their 1986 album ‘Slippery When Wet’ which sold over 28m copies going on to be certified 12x platinum in the US and included the number 1 singles ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ and the triple platinum certified ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’.

Following the success of ‘Slippery When Wet’, Richie Sambora went on to release nine further Number 1 or platinum certified albums with Bon Jovi including the US and UK Number 1 ‘New Jersey’ which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and included the Number 1 songs ‘Bad Medicine’ and ‘I’ll Be There For You’; the US double platinum certified albums ‘Keep the Faith’ and ‘Crush’; the US platinum certified albums ‘ These Days’, ‘Have a Nice day’ and ‘Lost Highway’; and the US Number 1 albums ‘The Circle’ and ‘What about Now’.

Bon Jovi remain one of the most listened to bands of their time with both ‘Slippery When Wet’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ ranking in the top 10 most streamed albums and songs respectively of the last 35 years.

SONG has acquired a catalogue comprising 186 songs

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Richie Sambora’s publishing and writer’s share royalties in his catalogue which comprises 186 songs.

Merck Mercuriadis, SONG’s founder, said: In uncertain times such as this you are reminded of the power of great songs and great music and amongst the greatest set of songs of the last 35 years are the incomparable songs Richie Sambora co-wrote for Bon Jovi and other great artists. He’s a musician’s musician and a songwriter’s songwriter and is one of the very precious few that is an inductee of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am delighted to welcome Richie to the Hipgnosis family and look forward to working closely with him for many years to come on this elite set of songs.

Richie Sambora said: I’m very privileged to have had the incredible success I have achieved as a songwriter and artist to date. These songs are very important to me and I feel very strongly that Merck is the only person I could have entrusted my babies to. I believe the work he is doing that has transformed the way that the world looks at the power of great songs and the songwriting community is very special. I look forward to working with him and his Hipgnosis team to deliver more success for all of us.

SONG: Hipgnosis adds Richie Sambora to its roster

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