Merck Mercuriadis' music IP investment company Hipgnosis Songs has announced its third catalog acquisition in as many days. The year-and-a-half old firm said on Thursday it has snared a library of nearly 200 songs from prolific songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff, the Bleachers frontman who has collaborated with many of the biggest stars of pop music.
As part of the arrangement, Antonoff will maintain an interest in the catalog while working with Hipgnosis in the management of his songs. The co-owned and managed catalog comprises the worldwide publishing and writer share of performance income for 188 songs, including collaborations with Taylor Swift, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Sara Bareilles and his old band Fun., among others.
Notably, the catalog includes Antonoff's writing share for Hot 100 No. 1s including Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" and Fun.'s "We Are Young," as well as the No. 2 hit "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," Swift's duet with Zayn. It also includes platinum radio hits including Sara Bareilles' "Brave," Lorde's "Green Light" and Rachael Platten's "Stand By You."