Hipgnosis Songs has acquired a music catalogue from influential US producer and rapper Timbaland.
Timbaland has won two Grammy Awards and has produced albums including Nelly Furtado’s Loose, three platinum and multi-platinum Missy Elliot albums and all of Justin Timberlake’s albums.
The catalogue, which comprises 108 albums and songs, also contains tracks performed by some of the biggest global hip-hop and R&B artists such as Aaliyah, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Madonna, 2Pac, Rihanna, OneRepublic and Drake.
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 among many others are iconic and will be remembered forever.”
Timbaland has also enjoyed commercial success as a solo artist with his 2007 album Shock Value, which featured the US No.1s Give It To Me ft. Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake; Apologise ft OneRepublic; and The Way I Are ft. Keri Hilson, DOE. and Sebastian.
Timbaland said: “Merck is a visionary who I know appreciates the value of my musical life work. My music is in great hands.”
Timbaland's manager Gary Marella added: “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 catalogue with Merck and Hipgnosis.”