Famed producer Bob Rock has sold his rights to Metallica‘s 1991 chart-topping “Black Album” to the Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Louder.com reported that Rock also sold the rights for the songs he produced for singer Michael Bublé to the firm owned by Merck Mercuriadis. The “Black Album” has sold over 31 million units globally — with Rock earning a royalty on ever copy sold.
Rock, a Canadian, is also best known for his work with such A-listers as Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, the Cult, Bryan Adams, the Offspring, David Lee Roth, and Ron Sexsmith, among many others. He was also featured prominently in Metallica's 2004 documentary, Some Kind Of Monster.
Bob Rock said in a statement announcing the deal: “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.”