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Hipgnosis signs Johnny McDaid

By | Published on Wednesday 18 December 2019

Johnny McDaid

The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired yet another catalogue, and it’s another big one. This time its Snow Patrol keyboard player Johnny McDaid, who is perhaps better known these days for being the songwriting partner of Mr Ed Sheeran.

Says Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis: “It’s hard to have some of the biggest songs in the world and yet still be so underrated, but Johnny is one of the most extraordinary creators and his work with Ed and so many others speaks for itself and it’s an honour to welcome him to the Hipgnosis family”.

McDaid’s manager Erik Eger adds: “Merck’s background as an artist manager enabled him to quickly understand what was important to Johnny in this deal and deliver on it. Johnny and I are encouraged by Merck’s mission of advocating for songwriters and wish him every success in this endeavour”.

As well as co-writing various songs with Sheeran – including ‘Shape Of You’ – McDaid has also penned tracks for the likes of Pink, Shawn Mendes, Robbie Williams, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Example, Rudimental, Biffy Clyro and Birdy. Oh, and Snow Patrol.

The Hipgnosis deal sees it take a 100% stake in all of McDaid’s rights relating to songs released before 1 Apr this year – that’s 91 in total.