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Hipgnosis Picks Up Catalog of One Direction, Ed Sheeran Co-Writer Jamie Scott

Notably, Scott has co-written 29 songs for One Direction, including hits "Drag Me Down" and "Story of My Life."

Another day, another acquisition for the rapidly-growing Hipgnosis Songs. The music IP investment company has now snapped up the catalog of Jamie Scott, the British songwriter-producer behind hits for Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and others.

Notably, Scott has co-written 29 songs for One Direction, including hits “Drag Me Down” and “Story of My Life.” He also co-wrote two singles from member Niall Horan‘s debut album Flicker: “This Town,” which peaked at No. 20 on the Hot 100, and “Too Much To Ask.”

Outside 1D, Scott co-penned Major Lazer‘s “Cold Water” featuring Bieber, Rag’n’Bone Man‘s “Skin” and most recently, Rudimental‘s “These Days” featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen. In all, the hitmaker has played a role in 84 No. 1 chart positions globally, writing for the likes of Keith UrbanNelly Furtado, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Jessie Ware.


“Jamie Scott has been the UK’s most consistent hitmaker of the last 10 years,” says Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis. “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.”

The new deal gives Hipgnosis 100 percent of Scott’s interests including all BMI and PRS income in his 144-song catalog. It comes on the heels of the company’s announcement in April that it had raised $185 million (£141.5 million) from investors to fund more acquisitions.

As of late, Hipgnosis has also acquired a stake in the catalogs of frequent Bieber collaborator Jason Boyd (a.k.a. Poo Bear), The-Dream and Itaal Shur, who co-wrote the Santana and Rob Thomas smash “Smooth.”


“I’m very excited to be part of the Hipgnosis family,” said Scott. “Merck’s vision and understanding of the importance of the song in an artist’s career is incredible.”

Adds Richard Wilson, Scott’s manager: “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 realizes that without them, we would not have one.”