Universal Music Publishing Group

  1. Salsa Star Ruben Blades Signs With UMPG

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Actor, singer, composer and politician Ruben Blades, possibly the single, best known name in contemporary salsa, has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Billboard.biz has ...

  2. OFT OKs Universal's Big Life Buy

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has cleared Universal Music Publishing Group's acquisition of Big Life Music. Although the decision has yet to be published on the corporate watchdog's Web site, a spokesman confirms to Billboard th ...

  3. UMPG Previews New Royalty Tool

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group is demoing its RoyaltyWindow.com system, which allows for flexible reporting and transparent access to tracking royalties, in anticipation of a Fall rollout. According to a press release, the system will allow ...

  4. Kobalt Offers Online Pipeline Royalty Advances

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing rights administrator Kobalt Music Group has launched a new online tool that allows its copyright holders to view their publishing accounts in real time. The new online pipeline royalty advances tool, which goes live tomorrow (June ...

  5. BMI Pop Awards Crowns Polow Da Don Top Songwriter

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Polow Da Don earned his first win as songwriter of the year this Tuesday evening during the 56th annual BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) Pop Awards. Also picking up key awards at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel were Hinder, ...

  6. Finn Signs With Universal Publishing

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Finn has signed an exclusive, long-term agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group which will allow the music publisher to administer his works for the world, excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand. The agreement comprises al ...

  7. Qtrax Signs Deals With UMG, UMPG

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four months after first claiming it had licensing agreements signed with all four major labels , ad-supported music service Qtrax today announced the signing of its first real major label deal -- with Universal Music Group. Additionally, the compa ...

  8. Universal Music Latin Appoints Top Execs

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the new company created following the acquisition of Univision Music Group by Universal Music Group, has made its first appointments to its senior executive team, Billboard has learned. As previously reported, ...

  9. UMPG Inks Reyes

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has signed producer/songwriter Julio Reyes Copello to an administration deal. Reyes is known for his work with Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Paulina Rubio, among others. UMPG Latin America senior VP Ed ...

  10. UMPG Buys Brit Publisher Big Life

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired indie publisher Big Life Music for an undisclosed sum. Through the deal, unveiled today, UMPG will have worldwide publishing rights to alternative rock act Snow Patrol's past and future works. Vet ...

  11. Cash On The Money At BMI Christian Awards

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Ed Cash was named BMI's 2008 Christian Songwriter of the Year during the organization's annual Christian Music Awards, held April 19 at the company's Nashville offices. One of Cash's compositions, "Made ...

  12. Sony/ATV, Sony BMG Join Forces In Asia

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has granted Sony BMG Music Entertainment the right to collect publishing royalties for many digital uses across several Asian countries, excluding Japan and the Republic of Korea. Under the deal, which basically mirrors o ...

  13. Slacker, Major Publishers Finalize Deal

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio service Slacker has now finalized agreements with all four major publishing companies to make the publishers' songs available through Slacker's Personal Radio device. Slacker Personal Radio, an interactive (i.e., on-demand ...

  14. Carey Renews Universal Pub Deal

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its worldwide administration agreement with five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey. The long-term deal includes Carey's interest in her catalog as well as future songs. "Mariah Carey is well kno ...

  15. UMPG Renews Blige, T-Pain Deals

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreements with six-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige and Grammy nominated T-Pain. The publisher will continue to co-publish Blige's catalog and will co-publisher ...

  16. ABP, CP Masters Win Universal Catalogs

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group's sale of assets to gain European Commission approval for its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing is complete. Dutch fund ABP, the world's third largest pension fund, and European indie music publisher CP ...

  17. Bird Appointed Ricordi London GM

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ricordi London, a unit of Universal Music Publishing Classical, has named Jonathon Bird GM. Bird has extensive experience with Universal Music Group International, serving at Decca Music Group as licensing manager and then at Universal Music Class ...

  18. Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Enter Digital Pact

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have entered into an unprecedented deal regarding digital royalties for the publisher in Southeast Asia and India. "For many years, digital music resellers have been challenged ...

  19. Universal Partners With SACEM For Pan-Euro Licenses

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ending days of intense speculation at MIDEM, Universal Music Publishing Group has set up a digital licensing scheme in Europe. The publisher has formed a joint venture with French society SACEM which allows that society and France's mechanica ...

  20. UMPG To Unveil Online Royalty Tracking

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group will be rolling out an online portal for its songwriters and other customers to track and analyze their royalties. The publisher calls the new system RoyaltyWindow.com. UMPG chairman/CEO David Renzer, who is in Can ...

  21. Killer Tracks To Offer Chuck D Library

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Killer Tracks, Universal Music Publishing Group's music production house, has signed a worldwide production deal with Chuck D, a founding member of rap group Public Enemy. Scheduled to launch in the Spring, Chuck D's new hip-hop music li ...

  22. Universal Promotes Robert Allen

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Robert E. Allen to senior VP, business affairs. He was previously VP of business affairs. Allen's primary responsibilities include overseeing all contract negotiations in North America for new and ...

  23. Universal Publishing Signs DJ Dirty Harry

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed producer/songwriter DJ Dirty Harry to a worldwide songwriter/co-publishing agreement. Harry co-produced and co-wrote Alicia Keys' "No One" that's racing up the Billboard charts. Harry ...

  24. Universal Dedicates Tillis Writer’s Room

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has dedicated a writer’s room in its Nashville office to country music legend Mel Tillis following his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The room features a vintage guitar on the hearth, Tillis show po ...

  25. Steele, Sony/ATV Win Big At BMI Country Awards

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jeffrey Steele was the big winner at this year's BMI Country Awards, which were held last evening (Nov. 6) at the performing rights organization's Music Row offices. He received his second country songwriter of the year title and his co- ...

  26. Donegan Appointed Senior IT VP For UMPG

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mike Donegan has been appointed senior VP of global IT for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Donegan reports directly to Michael Sammis, executive VP of operations/CFO worldwide for UMPG, and is based in London. Formerly, Donegan served as ...

  27. Simon Re-Ups With Universal Publishing

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary songwriter Paul Simon has renewed his worldwide publishing administration deal outside North America with Universal Music Publishing Group. Universal will be administering the catalog as well as future works of the 14-time Grammy Award w ...

  28. Grohl Re-Ups With Universal Music Pub

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has renewed his exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. "The Pretender," the band's first single from its new album, is No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Ro ...

  29. UMPG Renews Deal With Gloria Estefan

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its exclusive administration agreement for the music catalogs belonging to superstar Gloria Estefan and husband/producer Emilio Estefan. The Estefan catalogs are considered some of the most valuable Lat ...

  30. NMPA Board Adds Primont

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. yesterday filled vacant seats on its 18-member board, appointing Cherry Lane Music Group CEO Peter Primont and re-appointing indie publisher Evan Medow, Billboard.biz has learned. Primont fills the spot le ...

  31. UMPG Names European Exec Team

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed a new-look senior executive team to spearhead its European operations after the firm's integration with BMG Music Publishing. In the new set-up, unveiled today, each appointee reports to Paul Con ...

  32. Pubs, Bertie Reach $130M Settlement Over Napster

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing affiliates of the Harry Fox Agency have settled their lawsuit against Bertelsmann AG over the media conglomerate's early investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Billboard.biz has learned that Bertelsmann agre ...

  33. Wenzel Rises, Masuch Out At Universal Pub Germany

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Wenzel has been appointed managing director of Universal Music Publishing Group Germany, the new company formed after Universal acquired BMG Publishing. At the same time, Hartwig Masuch, managing director of BMG Music Publishing Germany sin ...

  34. UMPG Integrates BMG Publishing Execs

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group's integration of BMG Music Publishing, purchased last September, with Universal Music Publishing continues. The company has revealed some key staff appointments as well as a few departures. "UMPG already ...

  35. UMPG Reveals Worldwide Appointments

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has revealed a series of appointments to its integrated operations division. The new appointees previously held positions at Universal Music Publishing Group ...

  36. UMPG Names Latin Region Execs

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed senior executives for its integrated Latin music operation. The new appointments are: Marcelo C. Falcão, managing director of Brazil; Yadira Moreno, ...

  37. Universal Inks The Cars' Ocasek

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive agreement with former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek to administer his catalog of songs for the world excluding the United States. The catalog of Ocasek, a songwriter, artist and producer, include ...

  38. Publishers Elect NMPA Board

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Publisher members of the National Music Publishers' Assn. elected their 18-member board of directors yesterday at the trade group's annual meeting in New York. The only new addition to the board is Bug Music CEO John Rudolph. The other b ...

  39. Universal Acquires Masser Catalog

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 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 copyrigh ...

  40. Universal Names Senior Publishing Execs

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of the integration of Universal Music Publishing Group and BMG Music Publishing, David Renzer, UMPG chairman/CEO, has named his new senior executive team. "Collectively, these executives will form part of the new team that will provid ...

  41. BMG Music Publishing Buy Complete

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has now completed the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing following clearance by the European Commission earlier this week. The combined company, which will operate under the Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) banner, wi ...

  42. MCPS-PRS General Counsel Evans Exits

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Crispin Evans will exit as general counsel of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, with immediate effect, after his post was made redundant. In a statement issued today, the Alliance paid respect to Evans for having dealt with "a number of significant issu ...

  43. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  44. EverGreen Inks Deal With Shakur, Biopic In the Works

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EverGreen Copyrights has acquired the writer's share of Tupac Shakur's publishing catalog from his mother Afeni Shakur, providing the publisher with a revenue stream from more than 350 commercially released songs, countless poems and sev ...

  45. NMPA Board Shifts Seats

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With changes at the helm of three major publishers over the last four months, membership on the board of the National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA) is also shifting. NMPA board members have voted to fill three vacant seats. Marty Bandier, So ...

  46. Universal Publishing Inks Babyface

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 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. ...

  47. Sony/ATV Ups Mejia To VP

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jorge Mejía has been promoted to VP at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Latin America, effective immediately. In his new role, Mejía will oversee Sony/ATV's operations in Latin America, as well as the Miami based Sony/ATV Discos operation. Mejía has ...

  48. Publishers Sue XM Satellite Radio

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A group of music publishers sued XM Satellite Radio over the XM + MP3 service late today (March 22). EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music and Famous Music claim they want to "put an end to the pervasive and willful copy ...

  49. ASCAP Elects Board Members

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Results are in for the ASCAP board of directors biennial election. Beginning a two-year term on April 1 are 12 writers and 12 publishers. The writer directors are: lyricist Marilyn Bergman; composer Charles Bernstein; composer Bruce Broughton; lyr ...

  50. UMPG, Eminem Sign Deal

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has formed a joint venture with Eminem's publishing company, Shady Music Publishing. The Academy Award and nine-time Grammy Award winner and his manager, Paul Rosenberg, will be signing other writers and artis ...

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