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12/10/19

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its investment advisor, The Family (Music) Limited, have announced yet another acquisition, a music catalogue by U.K. indie band Kaiser Chiefs from B-Unique

The catalog consists of 100% of the worldwide ownership of the master rights to the band’s first four studio albums, EmploymentYours Truly, Angry Mob, Off With Their Heads and The Future is Medieval, as well as their greatest hits album Souvenir and their live audiovisual release Live at Elland Road

The Kaiser Chiefs’ 2005 debut album Employment, which won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, is certified 6x Platinum in the U.K., and includes the Platinum-certified "I Predict a Riot," "Oh My God" which reached the Top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart, and the U.K. Top 10 "Everyday I Love You Less and Less." With Employment the Kaiser Chiefs won three Brit Awards in 2006, an NME Award for Best Album and were short-listed for the Mercury Prize.

The band’s second album Yours Truly Angry Mob released in 2007 reached #1 in the U.K. Album Charts, is certified as 2x platinum in the U.K., and included the U.K. #1 and platinum-certified single "Ruby." The catalog also includes the U.K. Top 5 single "Never Miss a Beat" off the band’s 2008 #2 album Off With Their Heads

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“The Kaiser Chiefs have been one of the most successful English bands of the last 15 years and it’s no secret that it’s down to great songs, great albums and a terrific live show. They follow the very English tradition of The Who and Madness, and incredible hits like "I Predict a Riot" and "Ruby" just get better with time. I’m delighted that Mark, Martin, James, Nick, Ricky and the band have entrusted us with this special catalogue.”

Mark Lewis & Martin Toher of B-Unique said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Hipgnosis story, Merck managed the first band signed to B-unique, we know he is a proper music man. This deal will allow us to continue working with the Kaisers and James to keep this great catalogue growing. Martin and I shared such a commonality with the band, we both had a real underdog spirit and the fact that they are still having top 3 albums and selling more tickets than ever is a testament to their continued hunger.”

James Sandom at Red Light Management said:

“It’s great to be in business with Merck and Hipgnosis. We’re excited by the potential and fresh focus on Kaiser Chiefs classic catalogue in this new chapter, Hipgnosis’ modern thinking and resource will add value and presence to a catalogue that’s engrained in British culture.”