Publishing Briefs: Rosalía Inks Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group, NBC's 'Songland' Partners with BMG & More

ISSUE 1 2019
Mary Beth Koeth
Rosalía photographed on Dec. 6, 2018 at East, Miami in Miami. 

 Latin singer-songwriter Rosalía has signed an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the company announced Tuesday (June 4). The deal encompasses the Grammy winner's full catalog including future work but excludes the works on her first album, Los Ángeles

“As an artist, Rosalía is totally in control and manifesting her own destiny," said Jody Gerson, UMPG's chairman and CEO, in a statement. "Beyond writing, producing and performing her own songs, she has created a new hybrid of flamenco music and is breaking cultural boundaries. You know greatness when you see it -- when you watch Rosalía, you know she is an important voice. She will undoubtedly have an extraordinary career and UMPG looks forward to supporting her journey.”

“I want to thank Jody for believing and trusting me, as a composer it is an honor to have signed with Universal Music Publishing,” added Rosalía in a statement translated from her native Spanish. “I feel very happy to be part of this house that has so many artists that I admire and in this new stage in my career, I will give the best of me.”


NBC's new songwriting competition, Songland, has signed a global recording and publishing partnership with BMG, it was announced May 28. As part of the agreement, BMG will serve as worldwide distributor of Songland Records and the administrator of the show's publishing company Eligible Music for the contestants' original music created and recorded during the show. 

In each episode of the competition, one winning songwriter will have their song recorded and released by a superstar guest recording artist. In partnership with Songland, BMG will also release music written and recorded by the two runner-ups immediately after each episode airs. 

Songland provides up-and-coming writers an unprecedented opportunity to pitch their songs directly to major recording artists and collaborate with some of the biggest writers/producers in the industry," said Audrey Morrissey, Songland's co-creator and executive producer, in a statement. "BMG’s mission of fairness and transparency for the creative community aligns perfectly with Songland’s search for the next generation of hitmakers. We are thrilled to be working with Thomas Scherer and his team to help ensure that Songland’s songwriter and artists utilize this platform to launch successful music careers.”


Carmen DeLeon has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Capitol Music and Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the UMG companies announced Wednesday (June 5).

The Caracas, Venezuela native competed in Spain's version of The Voice Kids when she was just 14 years old, and has since amassed over 27,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. 

“Carmen is a truly talented artist with an unmistakable voice and undeniable charisma," said Capitol Music Group executives Jeremy Vuernick and Sergio Vega jointly in a statement. "We are approaching her development from a global perspective that’s befitting to her ability to sing flawlessly in both English and Spanish. This will allow her to further bridge the gap between Latin and Anglo audiences. We are incredibly excited to be welcoming her to the Capitol family.”

“We warmly congratulate Carmen DeLeon on joining our newly created synergy between UMLE/Capitol," added Victor González, Universal Music Latin Entertainment's president. "It is a privilege to include her unique talent in our roster of a new generation of Latin singers, writers and performers. We wish her much success in this electrifying new stage of her professional career.”


Canadian music publisher ole is being rebranded to Anthem Entertainment, it was announced Wednesday (June 5). As part of the rebrand, the company has unveiled a new company logo and new company website. 

"As the company turns 15 this year, it is important to celebrate its success in building a successful global content creation and entertainment services platform from scratch," Helen Murphy, the company's CEO, said in a statement. "It is also important to stop and reassess our mission and our values. Looking forward, it is equally important for us to revisit our name. I want the name of our company to more easily identify who we are and what we do. We have grown from a small music publishing company to a large independent producer of content and entertainment services platform. We have created deep roots in music, film and television."


On May 30, Warner Chappell Music announced it had acquired all four publishing companies that comprise the Gene Autry Music Group

The combined catalogues of the four companies totals to more than 1,500 songs, including Gene Autry classics like “Back In The Saddle Again,” “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” and “You Belong To Me.”

"Gene Autry is an icon in American culture and a pioneer in the evolution of both country and pop music,” said Warner Chappell Music co-chair and CEO Guy Moot and co-chair and COO Carianne Marshall in a joint statement. “He was not only an incredibly gifted and prolific songwriter, but he assembled an extraordinary publishing catalogue filled with timeless classics and undiscovered gems. We are honored and privileged to be the stewards of this outstanding body of work and help preserve and enhance Gene Autry’s monumental legacy.”