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.
Broady was born in Tennessee and became an original member of the Hitmen, a squad of producers that Puff Daddy utilised to turn out hits for the Bad Boy Label in the 1990s. In 2001, he received 4 Grammy nominations for his work with India.Arie. He was nominated for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best R&B Song for the track Video as well as being for Album Of The Year for Acoustic Soul. Broady has created tracks for a whole selection of artists from the late Notorious BIG, to Three Six Mafia, Kanye West and 2Chainz.
Carole Bayer Sager’s songbook spans almost 50 years and contains some of the world’s most popular and successful songs From the Grammy-winning That’s What Friends Are For, the Oscar-winning Arthur’s Theme, and the Oscar-nominated Golden Globe winning, The Prayer, to Don’t Cry Out Loud and On My Own, Carole’s songs have become pop standards. Honours for her work include an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New York University Alumni Association and being honoured by the LA Chapter of the Recording Academy. One of the most prolific and poignant writers in pop history, Carole’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, and Reba McEntire, among others. Carole has collaborated with such diverse musical talents over the years as Bob Dylan (one of his rare collaborations), Melissa Manchester, Peter Allen, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Bruce Roberts, Neil Diamond, James Ingram, Carly Simon, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, and Carole King Clint Eastwood, among others.
Caroline Ailin is a Norwegian singer and songwriter based in London. She co-wrote New Rules, a single by Dua Lipa which reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and US pop radio in 2017. She has also worked with a variety of other acts including, Zedd, Katy Perry, Clean Bandit, Ellie Goulding, Ella Mai, Louis the Child, MØ, and numerous others.
Raised in New Jersey, Pennell auditioned for the fifth season of the American TV show ‘The Voice’ where she sang Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen, catching the attention of Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green. Aided by Green she progressed well through the competition even though she did not win.
She released her own material on her The Race EP in 2013 and continued as a songwriter and vocalist on a super array of material across the pop and artist landscape. She’s created loving and emotive repertoire for artists like Astrid S, Zara Larsson, Maggie Lindemann, and Hailee Steinfeld.
Grimes is Liverpool’s finest female footballer as well as a broadcaster and presenter. She kicked off her songwriter career working with Danish producers Cutfather and creating songs for Kylie Minogue, Kesha and The Saturdays. She also began her own career as an artist, signing to RCA in June 2018, and developed her dance alias with her Vize Verza project whilst simultaneously continuing her songwriting career, delivering global smashes Kiss And Make Up and Love Again for Dua Lipa.
Chris Cornell operated and dominated the rock landscape since the inception of his first band Soundgarden in 1984. Cornell’s baritone voice and 4 octave range added enormous value to this band and also to his other outfits Audioslave, Temple Of The Dog and his own powerful solo material. Originally inspired by Little Richard and the Beatles, Soundgarden existed alongside Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam – Cornell is considered one of the key figures in the 1990’s grunge movement. He sold 15 million albums and was nominated for 16 Grammy’s, ultimately winning 3. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his song The Keeper which appeared in the 2011 Machine Gun Preacher and he co-wrote and performed You Know My Name, the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is a legend unto herself. Inspired by the likes of the Slits and Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie became the unapologetic front woman and founder of the Pretenders, and with her intelligence, energy and drive made pure punk tunes that bridged the gap between rock and roll and the New Wave. With her unmistakable voice, Chrissie would lead the band from strength to strength with songs like Brass in Pocket, I’ll Stand by You and Hymn To Her.
From Dylan, to Bono, to Morrissey, to Iggy Pop, to Johnny Marr and to Jeff Beck, Chrissie has left an undeniable mark on the tonal landscape. From the opening chords of The Pretender’s 1980 debut, through the highs of the 1980’s with successive major hits, through incarnations with the Black Keys, and into her own solo material and beyond, this is a forward-thinking icon, social activist, and musician who will forever be revered.
Karlsson started out as his professional songwriting career under the alias of Bloodshy alongside his partner Pontus Winnberg, known as Avant. They achieved their first success on Christina Milian’s debut album in 2001 and very quickly moved onto creating songs for pop acts like the Sugababes and legendary UK MC Ms Dynamite. A defining moment of this era of Karlsson’s work was writing and producing Toxic for Britney Spears in 2005, which went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2005.
Karlsson then established the Miike Snow project in 2007, bringing alongside him US vocalist Andrew Wyatt and they released their debut album in 2009. The band have also fully embraced remix culture both for themselves and for other artists.
Next, Karlsson began the Galantis project in 2013 with Linus Eklow using a remote studio in the Baltic Sea as their inspiration, releasing their first single Smile in November 2013. The group enjoyed especially good success with the single Runaway (U & I), which was nominated for Best Dance Recordings at the Grammys. The debut Galantis album was released on the 8 June 2015.
Perri ticked many boxes as a waitress working in LA in the hope of finding success as a musician and performer. Fortuitously, Perri managed to place one of her piano ballads called Jar Of Hearts in the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. The reaction to the song was exceptional and it very quickly led to Perri fully releasing the song and signing her recording contract with Atlantic Records. Her debut album Lovestrong was released in May 2011 which enjoyed a platinum level of success.
She also then composed the song A Thousand Years as the love theme for the film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, which went on to sell over 9 million copies. Her follow up album head or heart in 2014 included the song be my forever (feat. Ed Sheeran) Sheeran as well as the lead track human which again performed exceptionally well.