Leonard Cohen: Hipgnosis Purchases ‘Hallelujah’ Singer’s Catalog

Leonard Cohen is the latest artist to have their song rights scooped up, with Hipgnosis Song Management reaching a deal with the poet-rocker’s estate to acquire his legendary catalog.

The deal — the terms of which were not announced — includes all 278 songs that Cohen wrote, including his oft-covered “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne,” “First We Take Manhattan”You can find out more.

Hipgnosis received the following: “songwriter’s share” of 127 songs are from Leonard Cohen’s Stranger Music catalogue, covering the period from the inception of his career through to the year 2000; derivative works pushes that to total of 211 songs. Hipgnosis now owns 100% of the copyrights to the songs Cohen composed between 2001 and his death in 2016. “publisher’s share”And “songwriter’s share”Royalties for Old Ideas Catalog

“To now be the custodians and managers of Leonard Cohen’s incomparable songs is a wonderful yet very serious responsibility that we approach with excitement and fully understand the importance of,”Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis, stated in a statement. 

“Leonard wrote words and songs that have changed our lives, none more so obvious than ‘Hallelujah’ but there are so many more that we look forward to reminding the world of on a daily basis. He is revered all over the globe because of the magnitude of his work.”

Hipgnosis previously reached agreements with artists like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, producer Bob Rock and many more. The company brokered the deal in partnership with Cohen’s family and the late singer’s manager Robert Kory.

“Merck Mercuriadis is unique in the music publishing world with his background as an artist manager,”Kory made the statement in a statement. “We know he cares about artists, and as a Québécois he has a particularly deep appreciation of Leonard’s unique status in popular music. The catalogue is in good hands. The Hipgnosis team has been a pleasure to work with throughout the transaction.”

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