Canadian producer Bob Rock, who has been responsible for some of the biggest rock and metal albums of the last 30 years, including all of METALLICA‘s studio output during the 1990s and early 2000s, has now sold his share of rights from a catalog of 43 songs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund.
Rock first teamed with METALLICA for the band’s self-titled 1991 album (mostly known as The Black Album). The Elektra set debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 281 weeks. Rock helmed METALLICA‘s subsequent albums, through 2003’s St. Anger.
Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis comments: “The breadth of Bob Rock‘s enormous successes are almost impossible to match by any creator in the history of music. 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,” Mercuriadis continues. “Bob is very special and as a fellow Canadian, it is a pleasure to welcome him and his incredible productions to the Hipgnosis family.”
Rock comments: “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.