Kiwi hip hop artist Savage has inked a worldwide deal with Universal Republic Records on the back of his sleeper U.S. hit "Swing".

Signed to New Zealand label Dawn Raid Music, "Swing" became a cult favorite after appearing on the hit comedy movie "Knocked Up". In New Zealand and Australia the single has sold more than 130,000 units, and in the U.S. it is currently at No. 14 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart, even though it has yet to be released to radio.

Dawn Raid said it was teaming up with Universal Republic to launch the single in the U.S. and other key international markets. A new remix of "Swing" featuring Soulja Boy is set to go to U.S. radio this week, with an album slated for the 4th quarter.

Dawn Raid CEO Andy Murnane believes "Swing" is on course to become the biggest Kiwi hip hop release of all time. "We're thrilled to bring Savage to Universal Republic," he continues. "Their ability to take innovative artists and broaden their reach in multiple platforms is well known throughout the industry. We look forward to building for Savage a great success story here in the U.S. as we work with their energetic staff."

Avery Lipman, co-president and COO of Universal Republic Records, adds: "Dawn Raid Music's ability to maximize the tremendous groundswell of support that 'Swing' has generated bodes well as we introduce Savage to a nationwide audience hungering for this kind of excitement about music."

For Dawn Raid, the deal marks a major turnaround for the urban label. Last year, Dawn Raid Entertainment and other subsidiaries were placed into liquidation with debts of around NZ$500,000 ($380,000).

The assets were then bought by a newly-formed company DR Music, set up by a corporate high flier Andrew Stiassny and John Barnett, producer of the Oscar-nominated NZ film "Whale Rider". However, Dawn Raid founder Murnane and co-founder Brotha D continue to run the company.