The copyright held by Tom DeLonge on Blink-182‘s back catalogue has been purchased by music investment company Hipgnosis Songs.
The company has reportedly acquired 100% of DeLonge’s copyrights, having previously acquired similar back catalogues from the likes of Jack Antonoff and The Chainsmokers.
Announcing the acquisition of 157 songs, Hipgnosis’ Merck Mercuriadis said: “If you’re under 27 years old and making music they are a seminal band. They had angst, they had energy, they had humour but most importantly they had incredible songs and Tom is at the core of that. It’s an honour to welcome him into the Hipgnosis Family.”
DeLonge said: “It is an honour to have been playing music for so many years and to be in a position to partner with the great team at Hipgnosis to support my work.
“This is now a perfect opportunity for me to not only celebrate my past, but to also give me the foundation to create more music for many decades to come.”
In September last year, the US Navy officially stated that a number of videos, made public by former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge’s UFO research organisation, show footage of real “unknown” objects violating American airspace.
DeLonge has long had an interest in UFOs, co-founding the company To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, which works with US government officials with a view to “changing the world” through science, aerospace and entertainment.
In September 2019, Blink also returned with their latest album.