The catalog included 108 albums and songs performed by the likes of Missy Elliot (“Get Your Freak On,” “One Minute Man”); Justin Timberlake (“SexyBack,” “My Love” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around”); Nelly Furtado (“Promiscuous,” “Say it Right” and “Maneater”); Jay Z (“Holy Grail”), Aaliyah (“Try Again”); 50 Cent; Madonna; 2 PAC; Rihanna; OneRepublic; and Drake, among others.
Additionally, the catalog includes Timbaland’s 2007 Platinum album Shock Value, which featured the US No.1s “Give It to Me” featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake; “Apologize” featuring OneRepublic; and the 3x Platinum “The Way I Are” featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian.
Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:
"Ask any of today’s greatest creators who their biggest influences are and the one name that appears on everybody’s list is Timbaland. His iconic records with Aaliyah, Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake amongst many others are iconic and will be remembered forever.”
Timbaland added: “Merck is a visionary who I know appreciates the value of my musical life work. My music is in great hands.”
Gary Marella, Timbaland’s Manager, said: “It’s important to all creators that their work is in the right hands. Merck’s respect for music creators is unparalleled. We are pleased to have part of Tim’s iconic catalog with Merck and Hipgnosis.”
Hipgnosis' Massive Catalog
Hipgnosis now owns stakes in song catalogs created by the likes of Giorgio Tuinfort (David Guetta), Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes), The-Dream (Justin Bieber, Rihanna), Poo Bear (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber), Tricky Stewart (Rihanna, Beyoncé), TMS (Jess Glynne, Little Mix), Itaal Shur (Santana), Bernard Edwards (Chic), The Chainsmokers, Benny Blanco and Brittany Hazzard, aka Starrah.
The company also recently bought up rights to No.1 songs such as “Yeah” by Usher, “Check On It” by Beyoncé, “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey and “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige.