Universal Pub Signs Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey has signed a long-term publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. The worldwide pact covers 135 copyrights -- including 14 of Carey's 15 No. 1 hits on The Billboard Hot 100 --

Mariah Carey has signed a long-term publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.
The worldwide pact covers 135 copyrights -- including 14 of Carey's 15 No. 1 hits on The Billboard Hot 100 -- and future works. (Her remaining No. 1 was a remake of "I'll Be There.")

Carey previously was signed to Sony/ATV.

UMPG worldwide president David Renzer has had his eye on Carey's catalog for some time.
"There are certain artists that you always inquire about," he tells Billboard.biz in an exclusive interview. "I had been asking [Carey's attorney] Don Passman for years about her and when her catalog might become available. She was an artist who I respected, not only for her vocal range but for her songwriting."

After Carey's deal with Sony/ATV expired and her catalog reverted to her, UMPG "stepped up in terms of how aggressively we were chasing her," Renzer says.

He declined to give a dollar figure for the multialbum deal, but called it a "very significant commitment. We made a deal where we're obviously projecting aggressively on her new studio album, but also looking at her back catalog."

Carey's next album for Island Def Jam (which, like UMPG, is part of Universal Music Group) is tentatively scheduled for fourth-quarter 2004. Among the producers on the set are Kanye West, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell.
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