-- Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed Leon Russell to a worldwide co-publishing deal for "The Union," his collaboration with Elton John, and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. The album, released on Oct. 19, sold 80,000 copies in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. UMPG either owns or administers the rights to the entire catalogs of both John and Taupin.

-- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with the Runners, the hit production team comprised of Jermaine "Mayne" Jackson and Andrew "Dru Brett" Harr. As part of the agreement, Warner/Chappell will administer both Jackson's and Harr's interests in all of their future works and select catalog titles. The Runners work across an expanding range of musical styles and collaborated on hit songs for a number of popular songwriters and producers, including Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, T.I., Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Usher, Chris Brown, Akon, Keyshia Cole, Fabolous, Ludacris and Mary J. Blige.

-- Island/Def Jam recording artist YG has signed worldwide exclusive publishing deal with Rondor Music/UMPG. The new Island/Def Jam recording artist's single "Toot It & Boot It" from his forthcoming album, "Fresh On Kampus," currently claims the No. 11 slot on the Rhythmic Charts. The album is scheduled for release in 2011.