Longtime Metallica producer Bob Rock has sold the rights to his shares of 43 songs to Hipgnosis. At least 12 of those 43 songs, were Metallica’s “Black Album”.
“The breadth of Bob Rock’s enormous successes are almost impossible to match by any creator in the history of music,” stated Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis.
“From Metallica’s most famous Black Album to Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’, he has produced some of the biggest albums of all time that continue to be evergreen, year in and year out.
“Everyone who has worked with Bob knows he is a difference maker, which is why the artists he has produced end up making multiple albums with him which are almost always their biggest successes.
“Bob is very special and as a fellow Canadian, it is a pleasure to welcome him and his incredible productions to the Hipgnosis family.”
Regarding the sale Rock said: Rock said: “I put my heart and soul into these recordings. I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy deal to put together.”
No report on how much Rock sold his catalog for, but I’m sure it was a pretty penny.