British independent publisher Kobalt Music has struck an exclusive deal to administer Gwen Stefani's publishing firm, Harajuku Lover Music, outside North America.

British independent publisher Kobalt Music has struck an exclusive deal to administer Gwen Stefani's publishing firm, Harajuku Lover Music, outside North America.

The pact includes works from Stefani's debut solo album, "Love. Angel. Music. Baby" (Interscope), which has shipped more than 4 million units worldwide since its release last November, according to Universal Music International. Shipments outside North America top 1.5 million copies.

Stefani's attorneys, Goldring, Hertz and Lichtenstein, will administer Harajuku Lover Music for the United States.

"This is a fantastic deal for us," Kobalt co-founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz tells Billboard.biz. "Obviously, its very important that you have world-class artists and writers and professional management choosing [our] model."

Kobalt uses a technology platform that it claims enables faster, more accurate and transparent royalty collection. Earlier this year, the London-based firm updated its system to offer users real-time access to royalties data.

In separate news, Kobalt has appointed publishing veteran Dana Kasha-Cohen to shore up its new L.A. office, in the role of VP of creative. Most recently senior director of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group, Kasha-Cohen will report in her new role to Ahdritz. A managing director for the U.S. operation is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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