Universal Music Publishing Group

  1. U.K.'s Music Managers Forum Criticizes Sony/ATV's Recent Posture

    July 17, 2014 7:22 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing's note to writers , sent last week, re-iterating that it might withdraw completely from the two large performing rights societies, ASCAP and BMI, has drawn a response from the London-based Music Managers Forum. The g ...

  2. Sony/ATV Makes Organized Catalog Available Online

    July 16, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Looking to ease the music licensing process, Sony/ATV Music Publishing today made its entire global music catalog available for music services "and other interested parties" via its website. While the songs were all there before, this is ...

  3. Dept. of Justice Sends Doc Requests, Investigating UMPG, Sony/ATV, BMI and ASCAP Over Possible 'Coordination'

    July 13, 2014 11:51 AM EDT The Department of Justice is investigating major publishing companies, and is rumored to be looking into possible behind-the-scenes coordination between the companies. The Department of Justice has sent out CIDs (Civil Investigative Demand for D ...

  4. UMPG and Moodagent Partner for Music Tagging

    July 09, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has teamed up with Danish company Moodagent for music tagging. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees Tommy LiPuma Joins UMPG as Creative Consultant The Deal: UMPG Inks Pandora Deal “Our goal in t ...

  5. Rap Genius, Warner/Chappell Ink Licensing Deal

    July 07, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Rap Genius, the New York-based lyric and annotation site, has secured a licensing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the world's third-largest music publisher. The arrangement, the details of which have not been disclosed, frees up Rap Genius t ...

  6. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees

    June 27, 2014 12:34 PM EDT In a move to address potential changes in music licensing, Universal Music Publishing Group will make its entire song database more transparent and easily accessible to music licensees. The enhancement to the company's data repository will ev ...

  7. Tommy LiPuma Joins UMPG as Creative Consultant

    June 12, 2014 6:18 PM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group has signed record producer and former Verve head honcho Tommy LiPuma as a creative consultant, advising the company on everything from catalog acquisitions, new signings, songwriter collaborations and helping t ...

  8. U.S. Dept. of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    June 04, 2014 2:16 AM EDT The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has opened a review to exam whether its decades-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be amended or, as some publishers hope, sunsetted and eliminated. The consent decrees impose regulations ...

  9. First-Quarter Music Publishing Rankings: SONGS Surges Again

    May 12, 2014 12:38 PM EDT This is an expanded version of an article first published in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . The first-quarter rankings for music-publishing royalties are in, and the most notable winners are Sony/ATV and SONGS. Although the former’s No ...

  10. Ethiopia Habtemariam Named UMPG President, Urban Music

    May 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ethiopia Habtemariam has been promoted to president of urban music/co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group U.S. Formerly executive VP of the division, she will continue to co-head UMPG’s overall creative operations in the U.S. with ...

  11. Why Publishers Lost Big Against Pandora (Analysis)

    March 20, 2014 2:50 PM EDT In making the decision on March 14 to set Pandora's royalty rate to ASCAP at 1.85% through the end of 2015. Judge Denise Cote rejected practically every argument the PRO, and its two largest members -- Sony/ATV Music and Universal Music Pu ...

  12. BMG Acquires Hal David Catalog (Exclusive)

    February 28, 2014 1:28 PM EST BMG Rights Management has acquired the Hal David song catalog in what is believed to be the biggest single songwriter catalog transaction in the last two years. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say BMG paid around $42 million ...

  13. Post Pandora Rate Court Ruling: Universal Music Publishing Re-Ups With BMI

    January 30, 2014 8:51 PM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has entered into a short-term deal for its entire catalog to remain a part of the blanket license offered by BMI to all music users. Like some other publishers, UMPG had announced it would withdraw digital r ...

  14. Rap Genius, Universal Music Publishing Group Strike Licensing Deal

    January 22, 2014 12:31 PM EST Rap Genius, which got into hot water last year for not having the appropriate licenses to publish song lyrics on its site, on Wednesday said it has secured a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal allows Rap Genius to bury the hatch ...

  15. Universal Music Publishing, Pandora Strike Deal on BMI Repertoire

    January 22, 2014 3:26 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a license agreement with Pandora that allows the digital service to play its songs in the BMI repertoire. "Our deal with Pandora is another step toward reaching our goal of ensuring that there i ...

  16. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  17. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  18. Pandora, Publishers Left Uncertain by Judge's Latest Clarification in BMI Case

    December 21, 2013 12:57 AM EST In a series of requests for clarification on his Dec. 18 ruling, the BMI/Pandora rate court judge has thrown the song publishing community and Internet radio service Pandora into disarray that might not be resolved until after Jan. 1, 2014. Pandor ...

  19. Pandora Faces Setback As Judge Rules Blanket License Doesn't Include Songs of Publishers Leaving BMI

    December 18, 2013 10:22 PM EST Pandora was struck a blow on Wednesday when a rate court ruled that the Internet radio leader doesn’t have a blanket license that includes the songs of publishers who have withdrawn their digital rights. The BMI/Pandora rate court ruling means ...

  20. Publishing Briefs: UMPG signs Miley, Keith Urban and Julian Bunetta, Warner/Chappel Gets Mustaine, Slash and Much More

    November 19, 2013 12:22 PM EST -- Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Miley Cyrus to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement for her album "Bangerz." In a statement, UMPG president, North America Evan Lamberg said Cyrus is "reinventing ...

  21. Eminem's 'MMLP2' Marketing Juggernaut: Tapping 'Call of Duty,' Beats, ESPN to Help Sell 750K Albums

    November 07, 2013 2:42 PM EST In this excerpt from this week's cover story on Eminem and his just-released "Marshall Mathers LP 2," Reggie Ugwu takes a look at the positioning and strategizing behind the launch of Eminem's first record in six years blo ...

  22. INXS Sign Global Publishing Deal With Universal; Films, Docos, Musical ‘On The Way’

    October 30, 2013 6:48 AM EDT INXS might have called time on their touring career, but the Australian hitmakers are still in demand. Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a global publishing agreement with the surviving INXS members -- Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk ...

  23. Ed's Publishing Briefs: UMPG Re-ups Admin Deal with Warner Bros; Imagem Strikes Deal with Counting Crows, Jimmy Cliff; Coolio's Song Auction

    August 22, 2013 5:28 PM EDT UMPG SIGNS DEALS WITH WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, BURT BACHARACH Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its worldwide music publishing administration agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which will cover the music from Warner Bros. P ...

  24. Legal Fight over T Rex Songs Portends Music Industry Battles

    July 18, 2013 2:10 PM EDT As the fathers of rock music have bowed to the inevitability of mortality, their sons, daughters and other statutory heirs could soon be sending jarring vibes across the music industry. Last week, Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan ...

  25. Fullscreen Closes Comcast, Chernin Group Funding

    June 17, 2013 9:03 AM EDT Fullscreen, a network of more than 10,000 YouTube channels, has closed an undisclosed round of funding from Comcast Ventures, The Chernin Group and WPP Digital.  In an unusual decision, the Culver City, Calif., company declined to specify how mu ...

  26. SONGS Signs Up Conde Nast

    June 17, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Seeking to carve out a new model for licensing, SONGS Music Publishing struck a novel deal with Conde Nast Entertainment Partners, which agreed to use SONGS' catalog as the primary source of music for original online videos produced for its ...

  27. Publishers to Get Bigger Payday From Apple Thanks to Direct Licensing Deals

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT In cutting a deal with the Warner Music Group, sources say Apple caved on publishing and has agreed to pay at least 10 percent of advertising revenue to license the songs, sources say. While the WMG deal is for both master rights and publishin ...

  28. Publishing Briefs: Sting, One Direction, Imagine Dragons Sign New Pub Deals

    May 21, 2013 7:00 AM EDT -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term extension administration agreement with Sting , who has had a relationship with the company for more than 16 years. The global agreement will cover all music publishing throughout Sting’s solo ...

  29. Universal Music Publishing Acquires Criterion Music Corp

    May 07, 2013 2:48 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired Criterion Music Corporation and its affiliated entities, it was announced today by Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, UMPG, and Bo Goldsen, President of Criterion The company will relocate to UMPG’s ...

  30. Backbeat: Plan B, Grupo Treo, mun2 and UMPG Execs Hit Billboard Bash at Latin Music Conference

    April 25, 2013 11:49 AM EDT It's rare to see a tuba or an accordion onstage at a trendy South Beach nightclub, but such was the beauty of Wednesday night's Billboard Bash , a pre-party the night before the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. Held at the sprawl ...

  31. Security Guard's Lawsuit Against Universal Music Publishing Alleges Workplace Pot Smoking, Juvenile Behaviour

    April 11, 2013 6:23 AM EDT According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Universal Music Publishing Group's presence in Santa Monica has been "infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices ...

  32. YouTube, Universal Music Publishing Strike Multi-Nation Deal

    April 04, 2013 5:50 PM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group has reached a new agreement with YouTube which will allow its Anglo-American repertoire to be played on the social media website in 127 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The deal encompas ...

  33. Miguel Signs With Universal Music Publishing

    February 19, 2013 7:00 AM EST GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE OF BILLBOARD HERE Fresh from his Grammy win (and, just as significantly, his buzzed-about performance with Wiz Khalifa), artist/ songwriter/ producer Miguel has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with ...

  34. Universal Music Publishing Inks Deals with Fullscreen, Maker Studios

    February 14, 2013 7:45 PM EST Universal Music Publishing Group, looking to cash in at a higher level on the YouTube money train, has struck licensing deals with Fullscreen and Maker Studios -- two companies that together account for more than 4 billion video views a month ...

  35. Backbeat: Marsha Vlasic, Marcie Allen, Jody Gerson, Julie Pilat, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    November 30, 2012 10:39 PM EST Nearly all of Billboard's Women in Music honorees take the stage during Friday's ceremony with editorial director Bill Werde kneeling, center (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd ...

  36. Linda Newmark

    November 28, 2012 4:03 PM EST Executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects, Universal Music Publishing Group From Elmo to Run-DMC Linda Newmark, executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects for Universal Music Publishing Group, has had a busy year. She& ...

  37. Ethiopia Habtemariam

    November 28, 2012 3:49 PM EST Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Relaunching An Icon After a year of rebuilding, Ethiopia Habtemariam is excited to "get the ball rolling" on the revamped Motown, where she hol ...

  38. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Announces Capitol Hill Showcase To Coincide With Royalty Hearings; Ole, BMG & Kobalt Signings; More

    November 27, 2012 3:57 PM EST -- The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has organized a songwriters' showcase for Nov. 28, the same day as the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding hearings on music licensing. The e ...

  39. Imagem That! Meet An Unlikely U.S. Publishing Power Player

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Richard Stumpf has been a man on a mission since arriving at Imagem with the mandate to lead the Dutch-owned company into the U.S. pop/rock marketplace. As part of that mission, Stumpf, who serves as president of Imagem Music USA, has been worki ...

  40. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Denies Kobalt An Upset

    November 19, 2012 12:52 PM EST The third-quarter Publisher Airplay chart produced the most dramatic changes in the rankings since Billboard began its quarterly tracking of chart share for the top 100 songs in 2006. For the quarter, Sony/ATV Music Publishing was by far the to ...

  41. Ne-Yo, Ethiopia Habtemariam Talk 'R.E.D.' Album, His Universal Motown A&R Job

    November 06, 2012 8:00 AM EST "I pride myself on being the type of artist who can work half in the R&B world and half in the pop world." That was one of Ne-Yo's first messages to industry colleagues who attended his intimate showcase at New York's Joe&# ...

  42. Publishing Briefs: Reservoir Media/Reverb Music, Steve Perry/Universal, Imagem, BMG/Little Green Cars, Hit House/Danail Getz

    September 19, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Reservoir Media Acquires Reverb Music Reservoir Media Management has acquired Reverb Music, a U.K. music publishing firm, with 30,000 copyrights and agreements and more than 100 songwriters. As part of the deal, Reverb MD Annette Barrett will rema ...

  43. The Piano Man Plays For UMPG

    August 30, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Billy Joel signs new publishing deal, seeking greater use of his classic songs in ads, movies and on TV. Universal Music Publishing Group and its subsidiary Rondor Music International landed a big one, signing Billy Joel to an exclusive worldwide ...

  44. Exclusive: Billy Joel Signs Global Publishing Deal With Rondor and Universal

    August 30, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Front row (L-R): Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, UMPG Worldwide; Billy Joel; Lance Freed, President of Rondor Music. Back row (L-R): Michael J. Sammis, EVP Operations and CFO Worldwide, UMPG; Don Ienner, Consultant; Todd Kamelhar, Gelfand, Renn ...

  45. Singles Reviews: Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT MUMFORD & SONS I Will Wait (4:52) Producer: Markus Dravs Writers: Mumford & Sons Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote For the lead single off their follow-up to "Sigh No More", Mumford & ...

  46. Startup Boutique Publisher Run by David Renzer Sees Opportunity in the Market

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT After two years where a half-dozen midsize music publishing firms disappeared due to consolidation, the marketplace is about to get a "newcomer" who's a force to be reckoned with. Former Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) chair ...

  47. Exclusive: David Renzer, Former UMPG Chairman/CEO, Named Saban Capital Group's Pres. Music Ventures

    August 06, 2012 7:00 AM EDT David Renzer, who previously headed up the Universal Music Publishing Group as chairman/CEO, has resurfaced in music publishing with a deep-pocket backer the Saban Capital Group, a private investment firm established by Haim Saban. The Renzer and ...

  48. 40 Under 40: Ethiopia Habtemarian

    August 02, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemarian EVP/Head of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group; SVP, Motown Records Website: UMusicPub.com , Motown.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Team Leader, On Double Duty With two high-profile jobs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, 32, might ...

  49. Johnny Reid Leads Canadian Country Music Awards; Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean to Perform

    July 20, 2012 12:52 PM EDT The 30th annual Canadian Country Music Awards nominations were announced yesterday with Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford and Jason Blaine leading the pack. The awards will be handed out on Sept. 9 which cap-off Canada's Country Music Wee ...

  50. 'La Voz Mexico' Preps Season Two, Linkin Park Returns to Mexico, VP Changes at UMPGA Latin America

    June 14, 2012 1:25 PM EDT 'La Voz Mexico' preps Season Two "La Voz Mexico," Mexico's version of "The Voice," will return for a second season on Televisa with new coaches, including Spanish crooner Miguel Bose, regional Mexican singer Jenn ...

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