The Canadian, who also ceded his rights to songs he conducted for jazz-pop singer Michael Buble, co-produced the metal band's eponymous fifth album with the guitarist. James hetfield and drummer Lars ulrich. This acclaimed album was Metallica's first to surpass the Billboard 200 and has since been certified 16 times platinum in the United States, making it one of the nation's best-selling albums.
The deal, concluded for an undisclosed amount, includes the rights to 43 songs in total.
Hipgnosis was founded by Merck Mercuriadis, who has directed artists like Elton john, Guns N 'Roses, Iron maiden, Morrissey and Jane's addiction. The company has been very active in recent weeks: in a deal worth $ 150 million acquired 50% of the rights of Neil youngthe complete rear catalog.
“I put my heart and soul into these recordings,” Rock said in a statement, The Guardian reports. "I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy business to set up."
Mercuriadis added: “The scale of Bob Rock's enormous success is almost impossible to match by any creator in the history of music. From Metallica's Most Famous Black Album To Buble's Christmas, he's produced some of the greatest albums of all time that continues to be evergreen year after year.
Early January, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick fleetwood sold the rights to music recorded on its complete music catalog at BMG. Last month, Bob dylan has offloaded its publishing rights to Universal Music Publishing Group - and according to a report it may have rejected a $ 400 million bid from Hipgnosis.