Universal Music Publishing Group is the new administrator for Clarence Avant's music publishing catalogs, Avant Garde and Interior Music Corp.

Universal Music Publishing Group is the new administrator for Clarence Avant's music publishing catalogs, Avant Garde and Interior Music Corp.

The long-term agreement includes worldwide representation for licensing in film, television, advertising and other media. Among the songs in the two catalogs are Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" and "Use Me," Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio" and the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-penned "Saturday Love," a 1986 R&B hit by Cherrelle with Alexander O'Neal.

The Avant catalogs were formerly represented outside North America by EMI Music Publishing, under an agreement dating back to 1986. EMI continues to distribute Avant's master recordings, which include projects on his Tabu Records label.

In 2002, EMI Music Publishing senior VP of creative Jon Platt announced reissues of albums by O'Neal and other Tabu artists through Platt's Virgin-distributed Montbello Records and EMI Catalog Marketing.

In addition to founding Tabu, Avant created Sussex Records, whose roster included Withers. Avant later served as chairman of Motown Records.