Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired the catalog of songwriter Michael Masser, who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this week. The publisher previously administered the catalog.

The agreement cover Masser's copyright interests in such hits as Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You," "The Greatest Love of All" and "Didn't We Almost Have It All"; Natalie Cole's "Miss You Like Crazy"' Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack's "If Ever You're In My Arms Again"; Crystal Gayle's "Nobody Wants to Be Alone" and others.

Masser has written songs for some of the top artists like Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Judy Collins, Herb Alpert, Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin. He is credited as a producer, arranger or composer on more than 80 albums.

"Michael Masser's songs represent some of the most enduring and instantly recognizable hits of recent pop history," says David Renzer, UMPG chairman/CEO. "His gift for melody produced numerous number one hits that we are proud to now represent in the Universal Music Publishing Group family."