Publishing Briefs: UMPG Signs Kris Allen, SESAC’s Music Awards In May

-- Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with 2009 “American Idol” winner Kris Allen.

The publishing deal encompasses Allen’s self-titled album as well as future works during the term of the agreement.

Allen’s post-“Idol” self-titled album was released in November 2009 on Jive Records, hitting the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and top 10 on Top Digital Albums.

-- SESAC will hold its Music Awards event on May 12 in New York. The invitation-only event will honor the most popular songs of 2009 along with special awards being presented to songwriter of the year, song of the year and publisher of the year.