Hipgnosis Song Fund Ltd (LON:SONG) has acquired a catalogue from Andrew Wotman, better known as Andrew Watt or Watt.
He was a 2021 Grammy winner for ‘Producer Of The Year’ for his work with Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, Post Malone and Ozzy Osbourne.
He has co-written five of the Top 100 most-streamed songs of all time with Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello (9th), Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug (16th), Let Me Love You by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (42nd), Eastside by Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid (83rd) and Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer (88th).
Watt started his professional music career as a guitarist for other artists including Justin Bieber before founding rock band, California Breed, in 2013. The band’s single self-titled album was well-received, topping the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart and reaching Number 26 on the UK Albums Chart.
In 2015, his friendship with Justin Bieber acted as a catalyst for Watt to start writing and producing with Bieber alongside his solo work, releasing his solo EP Ghost In My Head in 2016.
Watt has also written and produced hit songs for Avicii, The Chainsmokers, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora.
“He is arguably the most important writer and producer in the world today and I don’t use those words lightly,” said Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis, adding Watt is “an incredibly important part” of the company’s future.
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