Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

UMPG will control rights for the Babyface songs on his new as-yet-untitled album slated for release this year on Island Def Jam. The publisher will also control Babyface's songs on upcoming releases by Katherine McPhee, Heather Headley, Musiq, Calvin Richardson, Ashanti, KeKe Palmer, Chrisette Michele and others.

Babyface has written and recorded 10 solo albums and has been credited on more than 320 albums, producing some of the industry's most successful artists including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Madonna and Phil Collins.

Sony/ATV Music retains Babyface's back catalog.