Shakira has finally revealed why she sold the rights to her entire catalog of songs. “I wanted to make sure that if I did sell it, I was choosing a partner who was serious about the job of being a custodian of my songs who would work to protect and promote my life’s work and who was also involved in the road ahead. With Merck and Hipgnosis I knew that I had found that partner ”.
“Merck is truly one of the most knowledgeable music connoisseurs I have ever met in the industry, and I have had a very long career,” said the singer.
“He always thinks of the songwriter and I think he’s a true fan of the art of songwriting,” he revealed.
Shakira revealed that she feels more connected than ever to her songs and wants her songs to continue to shine and find new ears. The songs evolve as the spirit of the age changes.
In January, the news that Shakira had sold her entire musical catalog surprised her fans.
It was known that the superstar sold his musical catalog of 145 songs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund, a renowned British company for song management and investment in music intellectual property.
Through a statement, Shakira spoke of the decision: “At age eight, long before singing, I wrote to make sense of the world. Each song is a reflection of the person I was at the time I wrote it, but once a song goes out into the world, it not only belongs to me, but also to those who appreciate it. “
For its part, founder of Hipgnosis, Merck Mercuriadis, celebrated the agreement: “She is one of the most serious and successful songwriters of the last 25 years, having written or co-written practically all the songs she has recorded.”
This Monday, July 5, the prestigious company published its annual report, which included an interview with the Colombian.
“Selling my catalog was not a decision I made lightly!” Shak said.
Although without offering figures of the operation, the company has confirmed through social networks the incorporation of Shakira to its catalog, of which Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Debbie Harry (Blondie), Chryssie Hynde (Pretenders), The Chainsmokers or Mark Ronson.