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HIGGINS HIPGNO-TIZED BY MERCK

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its investment advisor, The Family (Music) Limited, have acquired a music catalog from three-time Ivor Novello Award-winning British songwriter and producer Brian Higgins. Over the last 25 years, Higgins has produced and co-written over 35 top 10 hits, including for globally successful artists CherKylie MinogueGirls Aloud and The Sugababes.

Higgins was named UK producer of the year in 2009, and has also written or produced hits performed by Pet Shop BoysDannii MinogueThe SaturdaysSophie Ellis-BextorBananarama and more. Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Higgins’ worldwide copyright, ownership and financial interest, including the writer's share, of his catalogue of 362 songs.

Higgins was represented by manager Mark Beaven at AAM and lawyer Michael Guido at Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP.

Said Merck Mercuriadis, “I’m delighted to welcome Brian Higgins to the Hipgnosis family. He is one of the finest writers of the last 25 years, and "Believe" in particular is an evergreen song that has gained iconic status.” 

Higgins added: “I started Xenomania in 1996, and to see it in 2020 as a standalone independent record label and publishing company is something that gives me deep pride and great joy. I’m very grateful to Merck and Hipgnosis for the opportunity they have presented me to guarantee the label's presence in the worldwide music landscape for decades to come.”

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