Hipgnosis acquires the catalog of Michael Bublé and Metallica producer Bob Rock

Hipgnosis Songs Fund has entered into another significant catalog acquisition deal.

The UK-listed company has bought a catalog from legendary record producer and mixer Bob Rock, acquiring 100% rock producer rights for Metallica. Metallic and Michael Buble call me irresponsible, Crazy love, Christmas and To be lovedwhich include a total of 43 songs.

Today’s announcement follows last week’s announcement that Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of the music publishing rights – including publisher’s and author’s share – on all from Shakira’s catalog.

Bob Rock began his collaboration with Metallica in 1990, co-producing their self-titled album certified American diamond (16x platinum), more commonly known as The black album.

Starting at No. 1 in 10 countries, The black album spent four weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 and in December 2019 became the fourth release in history to enter its 550th week on the Billboard 200.

The black album was named No. 255 by Rolling Stone in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The five singles from the album Enter Sandman, the Unforgiven, Nothing else matters, Wherever I may roamand sad but true are some of Metallica’s best-known songs.

Songs from the album have been streamed over seven billion times across all services.

Bob Rock is also a longtime collaborator of Michael Bublé, having produced his album To be loved in its entirety and produced key tracks on three other of his albums: Call me irresponsible, crazy love and Christmas.

call me irresponsiblereleased in 2007, was a worldwide hit and was Michael Bublé’s first No. 1 album after topping the charts in eight countries, including the United States, where it is certified platinum.

Rock’s next release with Michael Bublé, Crazy Love debuted at No. 1 in the US and UK. The album is multi-platinum worldwide, including the UK, where it is 10x platinum, having sold over 3 million copies, and the US, where it is 2x platinum.

“The sheer scale of Bob Rock’s massive hits is almost impossible to match by any creator in music history.”

Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

Crazy Love won Michael Bublé his second Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2010. The album included the original hit single I haven’t met you yet, which is certified platinum in the US and UK.

In 2011, Michael Bublé released the now classic album Christmasa No. 1 in several markets, including the United States where it spent five weeks atop the Billboard Top 200, and has sold an astonishing 12 million copies since its release in addition to being streamed over 5 billion times across all services.

Christmas was the highest-charting Christmas album of the 2020 holiday season.

It was the No. 1 album in the UK this Christmas as well as on Spotify’s World Albums Chart and it spent the last two weeks of December at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, having re-entered the chart early November. Rock produced five songs on the album including All I want for Christmas is you.

To be loved, released in 2013, was Michael Bublé’s fourth consecutive US No. 1 album. In addition to topping the charts in 17 other countries, To be loved won Michael Bublé his fourth Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album”.

Bob Rock was represented by longtime manager Bruce Allen and attorney Mark L. Kovinsky.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said, “The scale of Bob Rock’s enormous successes is almost impossible to match by any creator in music history.

“From Metallica’s most famous black scrapbook at Michael Buble Christmas, he produced some of the greatest albums of all time that continue to hold sway year after year.

“Anyone who’s worked with Bob knows he’s a difference maker, which is why the artists he produced end up making multiple albums with him that are almost always their biggest hits.

“Bob is very special and as a fellow Canadian it is a pleasure to welcome him and his amazing productions to the Hipgnosis family.”

“I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy deal to put together.”

Bob Rock

Bob Rock added, “I put my heart and soul into these recordings.

“I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy deal to put together.”

“I have known Merck for years. He has a passion for music and those who make it.

Bruce Allen

Bruce Allen said: “I have known Merck for years. He has a passion for music and those who make it. I look forward to working with Hipgnosis.The music industry around the world