Hipgnosis has a collection of proven hit Songs of culturally importance by some of the most talented and important Songwriters globally. Through Hipgnosis Songs Group, it is also the home for our Song Creation activities.
The-Dream is a true song writing talent, putting his skills to work for himself and outside artists. As an artist, his impressive successes include five studio albums, with key songs including Falsetto, I Luv Your Girl, Rockin’ That Sh**, and Shawty is Da Sh**. Alongside his artist career, he has written for artists like Britney Spears and then Rihanna, for whom he delivered the landmark song Umbrella, nominated for a Grammy for Song Of The Year in 2008. In 2008 he also co-wrote Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) for Beyoncé, which went on to win the Grammy for Song Of The Year and Best R&B Song. The-Dream has delivered dozens more global smashes for Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Ciara, and indeed big hits for Justin Bieber with Baby (feat. Ludacris), Mi Gente for J Balvin, Kiss the Sky for Jason Derulo and Holy Grail for JAY-Z.
Third Day are a Southern Christian rock band from Atlanta, led by their lead singer and guitarist Mac Powell and another guitarist Mark Lee. The band played classic dramatic rock music, a sound that was able to appeal and cross over to people who didn’t usually listen to Christian Rock.
The band sold over 7 million albums in the US and achieved 28 Number One Christian album chart radio hits. Their second album Conspiracy No.5, their third album Time and their fourth album Offerings were all Grammy nominated releases in the Best Rock Gospel album category. Their next album Come Together actually won the Grammy for the Best Rock Gospel Album as did their 2004 release Wire.
In the spirit of bands like U2, the band played rousing and spiritual material. Stand out songs for the band include Soul On Fire, Your Words, Cry Out To Jesus and I Need A Miracle.
Timbaland is in the very top tier of producers. Timbaland started the 90s creating songs for Jodeci, MC Lyte and for Missy Elliot’s R&B group ‘Sista’. By the mid 90’s Timbaland produced the hi Pony for Ginuwine, alongside holding the controls for Aaliyah’s second album One In A Million(1996), Missy Elliot’s debut album Supa Dupa Fly (1997), He then produced her second album Da Real World (1999) as well as Aaliyah on her self-titled third album which included the beautiful songs We Need A Resolution, More Than A Woman and I Care4 U.Timbaland also grew very much as an artist in his own right, releasing his debut album in 1997 alongside his rap colleague Magoo. His albums across the decade included an all-star line up of featured artists including Missy Elliot, Alliyah, Elton John, Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado. As the millennium arrived, Timbaland produced the hit single Cry Me A River for Justin Timberlake and he went on to produce Justin’s subsequent albums FutureSex/LoveSounds and the 20/20 Experience. In the mid 00’s, he produced Nelly Furtado’s Loose album (2006) which featured the monster hit Promiscuous and worked with many other artists including Keri Hilson and D.O.E. Timbaland’s output was prolific during this time, contributing to songs for an exceptional range of artists including Rihanna, Madonna, Ludacris, Nas and JayZ, but also more leftfield artists like Bjork where he produced her 2007 album Volta. In 2009, a collaboration occurred with Chris Cornell for the Soundgarden man’s 2009 album Scream. Always moving things on, Timbaland has more recently been responsible for starting the online hip hop ‘battle series ‘Verzuz’ with fellow producer Swiss Beatz and also for soundtracking the hit tv show Empire.
TMS, the British songwriting and record production trio of Tom ‘Froe’ Barnes, Benjamin Kohn and Pete ‘Merf’ Kelleher, are among the most successful songwriting trios in the world.
They have co-written records for a host of artists including Lewis Capaldi, Dua Lipa, John Legend, Marroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Jessie J, One Direction, Olly Murs, Professor Green, Little Mix, Leona Lewis, JLS, Bebe Rexha and many others, among others.
TMS wrote the very powerful Read All About It, Pt. III for Emile Sandé’s album Our Version of Events, which won the Brit Award for Best album in 2013. This song was performed by Emelie Sandé at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
They have had twenty Top 10 singles, sold over 15 million records and have contributed to over fifty top 40 albums.
Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved is one of Spotify’s most streamed Songs, having been played around 3 billion times on the platform.