Universal Music Publishing

  1. Super Bowl Synch Report: 14 For Sony/ATV, 10 For Warner/Chappell, 9 For Universal In Record Year

    February 03, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sunday’s Super Bowl featured more current hits in commercials than have been seen in recent memory – if ever – which is already reaping sales and awareness benefits for new tracks from U2, Passenger, Zedd, Skylar Grey and others. So how did the to ...

  2. Billy Joel To Play Madison Square Garden Concert In January, First Since Record-Setting 2006 Shows

    November 19, 2013 10:34 AM EST Billy Joel is returning to Madison Square Garden, where he last broke the arena's record for most consecutive sold-out shows (12) in 2006. Joel will headline the Garden on January 27, 2014, as part of the Time Warner Concert Series at Madis ...

  3. ASCAP's 33rd Annual Awards Held in London, Winners Include Steve Mac, Universal, Patrick Doyle

    October 09, 2013 4:30 PM EDT ASCAP's 33rd annual Awards event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London today and hosted by ASCAP EVP of International Roger Greenaway and VP of Membership Seán Devine, has named its winners and crowned its special honorees, including ...

  4. Ann Tausis Joins Kobalt

    May 23, 2013 5:22 PM EDT On June 1, former Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) director Ann Tausis will join Kobalt Neighbouring Rights Limited (KNRL) as managing director. KNRL focuses on neighboring rights within the industry, offering services to clients through ...

  5. Adam Levine Honored, Universal Top Publisher at BMI's Annual Pop Awards

    May 15, 2013 11:06 AM EDT Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” judge Adam Levine received the President’s Award last night at the 61st annual BMI Pop Awards. Also honoring the 25 most-performed songs of the year, the ceremony presented statuettes to Universal Music Publishi ...

  6. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  7. 2013 Grammy Awards: Pop Solo Performance Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:54 AM EST It's a woman's world in the category this year Best pop solo performance "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)" Adele FROM: Live At The Royal Albert Hall SONGWRITERS: Fraser T. Smith, Adele Adkins PUBLISHERS: Universal Music Publishing/ ...

  8. Bruce Cockburn, Trooper, Deadmau5 Honored at 2012 SOCAN Awards Gala

    November 20, 2012 2:06 PM EST Canadian musician/activist Bruce Cockburn and "Raise A Little Hell" rockers Trooper were honored with lifetime achievement awards last night at the 23rd annual SOCAN Awards Gala, which recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwrite ...

  9. 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&# ...

  10. Tokyo International Music Market Attracts Labels, Publishers, Search For Next PSY

    October 30, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Now in it's 9th year the Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) has been integrated into the larger CoFesta, or Japan's general entertainment content fair, for the last six editions. This year, for the first time, the event was held at ...

  11. Musicians Hoping to Place Music in Films, TV, Advertising Get Solid Advice at Billboard/THR Conference

    October 24, 2012 6:16 PM EDT (L-R): Jordan Passman, Founder, scoreAscore; J.T. Griffith, Music Supervisor, Nike; and Josh Rabinowitz, SVP/Director of Music, Grey Worldwide hang out before their panel begins.(Photo: Arnold Turner) In the film and TV world, anyone looking to pl ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. The xx, Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and Animal Collective

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE THE XX Angels (2:53) Producer: Jamie Smith Writer: The xx Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Young Turks "Like dreaming of angels/And leaving without them," whisper-sings Romy Madley Croft on the xx's sexy and heartbr ...

  14. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  15. Adele, PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey Win at 57th Ivor Novello Awards

    May 17, 2012 2:54 PM EDT British hit machine Adele continued to roll in the accolades when she collected two awards today (May 17) at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards, which recognizes the best songwriters and composers in the U.K. and Ireland. Adele won two, for Songwriter o ...

  16. How Oceana's Euro 2012 Soccer Cup Synch Could Make Her a Global Superstar

    April 25, 2012 6:50 AM EDT German pop singer Oceana is set to receive a major sales boost this summer when her song "Endless Summer" is placed in front of a potential global audience of over a billion people as the official song of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. ...

  17. Sony Plans To Cut 326 EMI Music Publishing Jobs Over Two Years

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT If the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing, it would cut 326 positions over two years to achieve $70 million in net cost savings, according to a story by Ben Sisario published in the New York Times ...

  18. Adele Rolling Deep in Ivor Novello Award Nominations

    April 17, 2012 6:50 AM EDT The 57th Ivor Novello Awards nominations have been announced and, as usual, British vocal powerhouse Adele heads the pack. The awards, regarded as the most important awards for UK music writers, reward excellence in songwriting and composing. They ...

  19. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honor Live Nation Chairman Riley O'Connor, Others

    March 23, 2012 10:26 AM EDT People were still finding their seats in the massive ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel last evening (March 23) when the 30th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards and Gala Dinner got underway in Toronto. The most important ...

  20. Kim Frankiewicz Leaves Universal Pub After 15 Years For Imagem

    February 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST Australian-born, London-based exec Kim Frankiewicz has left Universal Music Publishing to join Imagem Music, the pop music publishing arm of Imagem. With effect from March 1, Frankiewicz becomes managing director of Imagem Music, and leaves Univer ...

  21. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  22. Backbeat: 'The Voice's' Dia Frampton Steps Into The Great Wide Open

    November 18, 2011 10:50 AM EST Dia Frampton sings alongside her longtime guitarist Carlo Gimenez. Dia Frampton , runner-up on the first season of NBC's "The Voice," performed four songs Thursday for the employees of Reveille Productions, the producer of "The ...

  23. Sony/EMI Deal: Publishing Companies Would Remain Separate, But Managed by Sony

    November 11, 2011 4:05 PM EST While Citigroup and the Sony-led investment group are still working on the final wording for the purchase agreement so it can be signed, sources say that that Sony/ATV Music Publishing will manage the EMI publishing assets, but its own copyrights ...

  24. Universal Music Publishing Extends Joy Division Deal; Peter Hook Dismayed By New Order Reunion Shows

    October 04, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide administration deal with pioneering U.K. rock band Joy Division. The legendary Manchester band first formed in 1977 and achieved cult status with its two studio albums "Unknown Pleasures&q ...

  25. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri at ASCAP'S ATL Legends Dinner

    September 29, 2011 6:30 PM EDT To The Nines: Multi-hyphenate and an ATL Legend Ne-Yo ; ASCAP's Jennifer Drake, Director, Rhythm & Soul; ASCAP's VP, Rhythm & Soul Nicole George, Devyne Stephens, CEO of Upfront Megatainment. (Photo: The Picture Group) It was a c ...

  26. Latin Power Players: Eddie Fernandez

    August 01, 2011 11:47 PM EDT Eddie Fernandez Senior VP, Universal Music Publishing Group Latin America Eddie Fernandez enters the list for the first time on the strength of his company's performance for the past 12 months. Universal Music Publishing is the leading Hot La ...

  27. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  28. Angus & Julia Stone, Jet Big Winners At Australia's APRA Awards

    June 22, 2011 12:42 PM EDT With two major prizes, Angus and Julia Stone were the big winners at the Australasian Performing Right Association(APRA) Awards Sydney Tuesday night (June 21). The awards celebrate composers and songwriters across 12 categories that have achieved ...

  29. Nashville Publishers Say a Hit Is Still a Hit, But Album Cuts Alone Won't Cut It

    June 08, 2011 10:05 AM EDT In Synch (from left): Chris Dubois, Partner, Sea Gayle Music; Jody Williams, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, BMI; Carla Wallace, Co-Owner/VP Creative, Big Yellow Dog Music; David Ross, Publisher, Music Row Publications; John Barker, Fou ...

  30. TuneSat Raises $6 Million, Plans to Build Team and Expand to New Markets

    May 20, 2011 12:25 PM EDT TuneSat , a provider of broadcast and Internet performance tracking services, raised $6 million in a round of funding led by General Electric Pension Trust. Scott Jones, Founder and CEO of ChaCha and former CEO and Chairman of Gracenote, along wit ...

  31. Plan B Scoops Three UK Ivor Novello Music Awards

    May 19, 2011 3:57 PM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Rapper Plan B was the big winner at this year's Ivor Novello music awards in London, carrying off three prizes. The 27-year-old from London -- whose real name is Benjamin Drew -- won Songwriter of the Year as well as the Al ...

  32. Publishing Briefs: UMPG Signs a Smeethington, Kobalt Gets Neil Finn

    April 26, 2011 3:22 PM EDT UMPG Signs a Smeethington Universal Music Publishing has signed Ari Levine of the Smeezingtons songwriting and production team to an an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. Levine's deal with UMPG commences upon the expiration the songwr ...

  33. Plan B, Everything Everything Top Ivor Novello Award Nominations

    April 20, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Nominations for the U.K's 56th Ivor Novello Awards were announced yesterday with Manchester-based Indie band Everything Everything and London rapper/singer-songwriter Plan B leading the way with more than two nominations each, despite the for ...

  34. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  35. Music Industry Working on Global Copyright Database

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it easier and faster for new online music services to come to market. [As mentioned in Billboard.biz's MIDEM preview .] The industry estimates that 100 million euros ...

  36. BACKBEAT: The 30th Annual ASCAP Awards In London

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP held its 30th annual ASCAP Awards on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The gala dinner and awards presentation honored those songwriter, composer and publisher members of PRS for Music – the UK's Perfor ...

  37. AC/DC, Temper Trap Win APRA Awards

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Breakthrough Australian acts the Temper Trap and Empire of the Sun joined veteran rockers AC/DC on the winners' podium at the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Awards in Sydney. AC/DC's "Rock 'N Roll Train" ...

  38. Universal Signs 'Sir Billi' Publishing Deal

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing has struck a deal with the husband-and-wife creative team of Sascha and Tessa Hartmann -- who have spent five years in production on the CGI-animated movie "Sir Billi" -- to publish five original songs for the ...

  39. RedOne, Taylor Swift Top BMI Pop Honorees

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT RedOne won his first songwriter of the year award and Taylor Swift's "Love Story" claimed song of the year kudos at the 58th annual BMI Pop Music Awards earlier this evening. Also honored during the ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire ...

  40. Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal Up For Ivor Novello Awards

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen and rapper Dizzee Rascal have each scored two nominations for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards . The award for British songwriters and composers take place at London's Grosvenor House on May 20. Allen and co-writer Greg Ku ...

  41. Albert Music Revamps International Publishing Network

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Albert Music, the Australian music publisher that represents the catalog of AC/DC, among others, has realigned its international sub-publishing network, including a new deal with Universal. The Sydney-based music firm has established a raft of new ...

  42. Australian Copyright Tribunal Ponders Download Rate

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's Copyright Tribunal has begun its deliberations over the country's digital download royalty rate for authors rights. The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the society's sister organization AMCOS (Austra ...

  43. Alphabeat Signs Universal Publishing Deal

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Danish pop group Alphabeat has signed a long-term global deal with Universal Music Publishing (UMP). The deal covers both the group's existing catalog and new material. Alphabeat's debut studio set "This Is Alphabeat" (Charisma ...

  44. Pam Sheyne Inks Publishing Deal With BMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand songwriter/producer Pam Sheyne has signed a global sub-publishing deal with BMG Rights Management. The company will represent and administer Sheyne's AppleTreeSongs Ltd catalog, which contains such hits as Christina Aguilera' ...

  45. McCartney, Coldplay Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and the Ting Tings were among those honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Oct ...

  46. BMI Icon Donovan Honored In London

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sixties survivor Donovan was honored as a BMI Icon tonight at a gala evening in London's Dorchester Hotel. The Glasgow, Scotland-born singer/songwriter enjoyed 12 consecutive top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1960s, including &q ...

  47. Bertelsmann's Architect Reinhard Mohn Dies

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reinhard Mohn, the former chief executive of BMG parent company Bertelsmann, has died, aged 88. Mohn, who died on Saturday (Oct. 3) in Gütersloh, was the great-great-grandson of the German media group's founder Carl Bertelsmann. Although he r ...

  48. Business Matters: Nokia, Jack Johnson, Danny Elfman

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- What's a sure sign that a product is not working as well as was hoped? When that product is changed just one year after its launch. Case in point: Nokia is extending Comes With Music subscriptions in the U.K. by 90 days. So 12-month contra ...

  49. Industry Heavyweights Lined Up For Regional Mexican Confab

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Top artist manager Martin Fabian, Fonovisa and Disa president Gustavo Lopez, Bandamax executive producer Victor Manuel Moreno Valdez, Mexico Musical president Javier Rivera and singer-songwriter Espinoza Paz have all been confirmed as panelists fo ...

  50. Snow Patrol Launches Publishing Venture

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Members of U.K. melodic rock outfit Snow Patrol have formed a new publishing venture, Polar Music. The venture is independent of their deal with Universal Music Publishing and will be administered by Kobalt Music in London. The company aims to hel ...

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