EMI Music Publishing has struck an exclusive global administration deal with Mike Elizondo which will see the music publisher represent and market the songwriter and producer's new and future songs.

"Mike's ability to write for artists as diverse as Eminem and Eric Clapton make him a rare and important talent, and he's completely on top of his game at the moment," comments EMI Music Publishing president of West Coast Creative Big Jon Platt, in a statement. "His catalog is already full of modern-day classics, and the songs he is writing at the moment continue to be of the highest possible standard."

Elizondo has an extensive list of collaborators, which includes such artists as Mary J Blige, Dr Dre, Eve, Busta Rhymes, Nelly Furtado, Xzibit, the Game, Gwen Stefani and 50 Cent, and has played a key part in such hits as Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" and 50 Cent's "In Da Club."

He has recently been in the studio working with Eminem on the rapper's new album, and has collaborated with Sheryl Crow on her latest, "Detours."

The artist also has credits on Natasha Bedingfield's sophomore set "Pocketful of Sunshine," which opened at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 in February, the album project of "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis, and has been writing with Esmee Denters, the first signing to Justin Timberlake's Tennman label. These will be among the works administered under the new EMI Music Publishing deal.