UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING

PAUL CONNOLLY

President, Europe; managing director, United Kingdom, Universal Music Publishing Group

Paul Connolly continues to lead Universal Music Publishing Group in the United Kingdom and Europe to growth through organic signing and acquisitions. In the latter strategy, during the year UMPG acquired the BBC’s music catalog, which includes music from such British TV series as “Doctor Who” and “Planet Earth.” Connolly’s team re-signed Florence & the Machine and the Clash, and UMPG enjoyed a No. 1 record in the United Kingdom with John Newman’s “Love Me Again,” written by UMPG’s Steve Booker. Grammy Award-nominated Gregory Porter, who was signed by the publisher out of France, will issue a new album, and Swedish House Mafia had a huge global hit with “Don’t Worry Child,” which sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, according to the company. Disclosure’s debut album went to the top of the U.K. charts, while Martin Garrix, signed through UMPG’s Dutch company, is having top 10 success all over Europe with his song “Animals.” In Germany, UMPG hip-hop writer/artist Cro won ECHO Awards for best newcomer and best hip-hop/urban artist. —Ed Christman