Danish pop group Alphabeat has signed a long-term global deal with Universal Music Publishing (UMP). The deal covers both the group's existing catalog and new material.

Alphabeat's debut studio set "This Is Alphabeat" (Charisma/EMI) was released in June 2008 and has since sold 162,000 copies in the U.K., according to the Official U.K. Charts Co (OCC). The band has also scored four U.K. Top 40 singles, while the album hit No. 1 in Denmark and a top 10 hit in Holland and Belgium. Its publishing was formerly with Global Music Publishing.

The band signed to Polydor Records earlier this year and is currently writing and recording its new album "The Spell", which is scheduled for release in early 2010. Alphabeat will tour throughout February and March next year as support to Lady Gaga on the U.K. leg of her "Monster Ball" solo run.

Describing the band as "high calibre international hit songwriters," UMP head of A&R Caroline Elleray said in a statement: "the commercial sound of [Alphabeat's] studio albums has earned them extensive airplay and healthy worldwide sales and has proved them capable of writing strong and exciting pop music. We firmly believe, however, that their best is yet to come."

The band's manager Iain Watt, founder/CEO of London-based Machine Management, added: "our vision to cement the band's position as a successful international pop act and further develop them as writers for other artists was fully endorsed by Universal whose team we will work with closely to achieve this."

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