Universal Music Group has announced a multi-faceted agreement with songwriter Diane Warren. Warren's Realsongs catalog will be administered by Universal Music Publishing Group outside of North America (she continues to self-administer her copyrights in the U.S.), and she will serve as a global A&R consultant for UMG's recorded music artists. The deal was announced today by UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, the company's President & COO Zach Horowitz, Ms. Warren and her manager, Merck Mercuriadis.
"This is a milestone event for UMG as Diane is one of the finest songwriters of her generation, and certainly one of the most commercially successful," Grainge said. "On the recorded music side, she will now become UMG's 'go-to-creative' person-available to our labels and artists around the globe to write songs that will help to fully realize their potential. It's a win-win for everyone."
"I'm excited to be joining Lucian, Zach and the entire UMG team," Warren said. "This is an incredible opportunity to have my songs handled by the world's leading publishing company, with an aggressive and proven team that will ensure our creative efforts are maximized. And at the same time, being given a unique platform that will provide special access to working with UMG's recording artists on a global basis."
Since her debut in 1983 with Laura Branigan's hit "Solitaire," Warren has worked with Aerosmith, Elton John, Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson and many others. Her hits include Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," Toni Braxton's "UnBreak My Heart," Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing."
Her composition for Beyonce, "I Was Here," is out today, and will be followed by songs with Mary J Blige, Nicole Scherzinger, John Legend and Semi Precious Weapons, among others.
In 2001, Warren received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.