Universal Music Publishing Group has landed a big one: It has become the exclusive administrator of the Jimi Hendrix catalog throughout the world outside the United States. The five-year agreement covers all commercial opportunities, including synch licensing for motion pictures, TV, advertising and other mediums.

Universal Music Publishing replaces Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which had administered the Hendrix catalog outside the United States since 1998 (Billboard, May 30, 1998). The U.S. publishing rights will continue to be handled by Experience Hendrix, the Seattle company formed in 1995 by the guitarist's late father James "Al" Hendrix and now headed by Jimi Hendrix's sister Janie Hendrix, who is president/CEO.

"Janie has done an amazing job of keeping the music and Hendrix's legacy alive," says Universal Music Publishing chairman/CEO David Renzer. "They have a great reissue program in place and they are doing a great job of protecting his legacy."

The deal puts Hendrix's publishing and most of his recording masters...

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