“I think that in due course other people will be saying, ‘I need to be in songs.’”

Merck Mercuriadis at his home in London. Photography: Sandra Seaton

That was Merck Mercuriadis, the music industry executive turned entrepreneur, who spoke with for Marker last year about why he is spending upwards of $1 billion via his Hipgnosis Songs Fund to own the rights to thousands of pop songs, from Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” Along the way, he’s garnered a…