Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired a music catalogue from Brittany Hazzard, aka Starrah.
The latest Hipgnosis deal coincides with the Music Week cover story on CEO Merck Mercuriadis.
Starrah is an American songwriter, producer and singer whose songs have achieved 94 No. 1 chart positions globally.
She co-wrote Camila Cabello’s Havana, which was the IFPI global No.1 song of 2018. In June 2018, Havana became Spotify's most streamed song ever by a solo female artist, with 888 million streams. Across all providers, it has now been streamed over 2.6 billion times globally.
The Hazzard catalogue also includes shares in Maroon 5’s Girls Like You, Calvin Harris’ Feels and three songs on Travis Scott’s US No.1 album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight.
The catalogue includes a total of 14 US singles that have reached the Top 20 in the US Hot 100, including Rihanna's Needed Me, Drake’s Fake Love, Halsey’s Now Or Never and Nicki Minaj's No Frauds.
Merck Mercuriadis, founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: “Starrah is at the forefront of today’s song writing revolution. She is taking pop artistry to new heights of success, as evidenced by the exquisite Havana which is already an evergreen hit and Girls Like You, the longest charting No.1 radio song of the century. I’m delighted to welcome her and her manager Nick Jarjour to the Hipgnosis Family.”
Starrah said: “The songwriter community is often overlooked and undervalued so I am thrilled to do this prestigious deal with Merck that sets a new precedent for songwriters and producers. I am excited to be offered a seat on Hipgnosis’ Advisory Board and look forward to creating opportunities for the next generation of hitmakers.”
Jarjour said: “I am proud to announce this partnership with Hipgnosis and Starrah. Merck is a visionary and this legendary deal is a fresh approach to empowering Starrah, this generation’s legacy hitmaker. I am pleased to join the advisory board and looking forward to all the new opportunities to come.”