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The Leonard Cohen publishing catalog is sold to Hipgnosis

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The Leonard Cohen publishing catalog is sold to Hipgnosis

Hipgnosis Songs Fund bought the publishing catalog of the legendary Canadian musician and songwriter Leonard Cohen for an undisclosed sum. The catalog includes 270 songs, including hits like “Hallelujah” (That is probably being played right now in almost all Christian churches in the world), “Everybody Knows” and “First We Take Manhattan”.


Pitchfork also reported that the company acquired everything in his “Old Ideas” catalog, that includes the copyrights, “publisher’s share,” and “songwriter’s share” of every song he wrote from 2001 until his death in 2016.

Founded by Merck Mercuriadis and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Hipgnosis bought many famous artists publishing catalogs during the last years, lile Lindsey Buckingham and Neil Young.

Merck Mercuriadis talked about the Leonard Cohen deal, saying:

“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. 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.”

One of the most important Canadian musicians of all time, Leonard Cohen was known for his songs that were almost poems. Besides a musician he also was a poet and novelist. Some of his most famous songs are “Hallelujah”, “Suzanne”, “You Want It Darker” and “Everybody Knows”.

Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 by Lou Reed, who said in his speech: “We’re so lucky to be alive at the same time Leonard Cohen is”. Cohen died in his sleep at the age of 82 back in 2016.

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