Merck Mercuriadis
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Hipgnosis Songs Fund


Founder / CEO

Few were busier in 2020 than Mercuriadis, who raised more than $500 million in two months under the shroud of COVID-19, allowing Hipgnosis to invest in the mega-catalogs of Barry Manilow and the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde. Earning an all-time share price of £126, his firm achieved FTSE 250 status on the Financial Times Stock Exchange. To manage growth, Mercuriadis made key hires in former Virgin EMI head Ted Cockle for president, former manager Amy Thomson as chief catalog officer and Big Deal Music founder Kenny MacPherson as CEO of Hipgnosis Songs Group. The latter came by way of acquiring Big Deal, which also added MacPherson partners Jamie Cerreta and Dave Ayers to the team.


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Hipgnosis Songs Names Ted Cockle and Amy Thomson to Senior Posts

Hipgnosis Songs Names Ted Cockle and Amy Thomson to Senior Posts

Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis named Ted Cockle president and Amy Thomson as chief catalogue officer of the company.Cockle was most recently president of Virgin EMI in the U.K., which under his tenure managed the recorded music for artists including Queen, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, George Michael, Justin Bieber, Emeli Sande, The Killers, Lorde and Lewis Capaldi. Previously, Cockle served for 10 years at Sony Music before joining Universal to as co-president Island Records.Thomson is a veteran manager...


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