—Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Jamie Foxx to an exclusive worldwide music publishing agreement. Under the terms, UMPG will administer Foxx’s platinum-selling “Intuition” LP as well as his new studio album, “Best Night of My Life, ” which was produced by Tricky Stewart and includes collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Nelly and Method Man — all of whom are also under the UMPG roster.
— Imagem Music Group continues to stake out turf in the production music business with the acquisition of 5 Alarm Music, which represents 40 production music libraries as well as its own catalogs, 5 Alarm, Rescue Records, IVU and Cinema Sounds. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cassie Lord, who set up and has been running 5 Alarm Music since its launch nine years ago, will continue to be responsible for that operation as part of her new job as vice president/general manager for all library and production music activities of Imagem in the U.S. In addition to the 115,000 tracks 5 Alarm currently represents, it is also taking on responsibilities to represent in America Imagem’s existing production music services, which includes Abaco, Strip Sounds and Cavendish, which dates back to the 1930s and is one of the world’s oldest library music catalogs, according to the announcement of the deal.
The acquisition comes after Imagem recently opened a new production music division in the Netherlands to complement their existing London office. “5 Alarm Music is a great acquisition for Imagem Music Group as we look to expand and grow our production music business,” Imagem CEO André de Raaff said in a statement.
— In separate deals, the Bicycle Music Company and its affiliates has acquired Bobnal Music, a classic rock catalog, and a co-publishing stake in the 800-Pound Gorilla Music, a catalog of hardcore and metal songs.
The Bobnal catalog features songs penned by Rickey Medlocke, including such Southern rock staples as “Highway Songs” and “Fly Away” for bands he’s performed with including Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The catalog also includes”Train, Train,” written by his father Shorty Medlocke.
The 800-Pound Gorilla Music catalog includes songs performed by Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and All That Remains. Bicycle Music will serve as worldwide administrator for both catalogs, a task it has performed for the 800-Pound Gorilla Music catalog since 1995.
— EMI Music Publishing has inked Brad and Brett Warren, also known as the Warren Brothers, to a co-publishing deal. The long-term deal will see the Warren Brothers’ catalog of songs as well as all new material represented by EMI Music Publishing’s network of offices around the world.
The brothers have penned hit songs for artists including Dierks Bentley, Faith Hill, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw, including co-writing McGraw’s latest hit single, “Felt Good On My Lips.” They have also written or co-written songs for Hinder, Lady Antebellum, Daughtry & Ne-Yo.