Universal Music Publishing Group have signed exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman. At this year's Oscars, the composer won Academy Awards for best original score and best song for "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire."

"After seeing 'Slumdog Millionaire' I was thrilled not only to discover that A.R was available, but that he had also managed to retain all the publishing rights to the score!," UMPG chairman and CEO David Renzer said in a statement. "The fact that AR has scored music for over 100 films, sold more than 100 million records and is one the world's top selling recording artists, was icing on the cake."

The signing also includes a production music component with Rahman creating an exclusive five CD production music series for Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM). Rahman is also planning on releasing his own album through Interscope Records in the future.

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