LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – Merck Mercuriadis’ Hipgnosis Songs is at it again, this time scooping up the songwriting catalogs of Johntá Austin, Sean Garrett and Rico Love, a combined repertoire that includes more than 1,000 songs.
Austin, who is Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, vocalist and rapper, has credits on Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” as well as Janet Jackson’s “Call On Me” featuring Nelly and Mary J Blige’s “Be Without You.” Garrett, a producer and singer-songwriter, has credits on Beyoncé’s “Check On It” and has also co-written hits including Ciara’s “Goodies” and Britney Spears’ “Toy Soldier,” while rapper, singer and producer Love, has credits on Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams” and Usher’s “Throwback,” among others.
Commenting on the company’s most recent acquisitions, Mercuriadis in a statement: “I’m very happy to be welcoming Johntá, Sean and Rico into the Hipgnosis family. They have each individually written standout songs that define the culture. From Mary J Blige to Usher to Beyoncé, these songs have played a critical role in the evolution of R&B and pop music as we know it today.”
Previously, Hipgnosis also acquired stakes in the catalogs of Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream, frequent Justin Bieber collaborator Jason Boyd (a.k.a. Poo Bear), Giorgio Tuinfort (Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, Martin Garrix, Rihanna, Avicii, Usher, Will.i.am, Akon and Lionel Richie), and Itaal Shur, best known for co-writing the Santana and Rob Thomas smash hit “Smooth.