— Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Miley Cyrus to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement for her album “Bangerz.”
In a statement, UMPG president, North America Evan Lamberg said Cyrus is “reinventing the art of pop music in a powerful way right before our eyes.”
According to the deal announcement, Cyrus co-wrote ten of the album’s 13 tracks including co-writing “We Can’t Stop,” with UMPG songwriters Rock City. Other UMPG songwriters who have co-writes on the album include Stephan Moccio, Big Sean, Stacy Barthe, Oren Yoel, Sean Garrett and Rami Afuni, and songwriter Future, who is signed to UMPG administered Rondor Music International.
— In another deal, UMPG extended its worldwide publishing agreement with Keith Urban, which means that the company will continue to publishing his catalog as well as his latest effort, “Fuse,” which came out Sept. 10.
“Keith’s musical talent is incomparable and his latest project, Fuse, is yet another example of his evolution as an artist,” UMPG Nashville executive VP/GM Kent Earls said in a statement . “And he’s proved over and over to be a great songwriter for himself and many others.”
Urban co-wrote six of the 13 tracks on “Fuse” and other UMPG songwriters or producers who share credits on the album’s songs include Mike Elizondo, Jimmy Robins, Nathan Chapman and Shane McAnnally.
— UMPG also has signed Julian Bunetta to a worldwide exclusive music publishing agreement. The deal encompasses all of Bunetta’s future works as well as his entire catalog, including One Direction’s hit singles “Best Song Ever” and “Story of My Life” as well as multiple other cuts on the group’s upcoming album “Midnight Memories,” which will be released on November 25th.
“Julian Bunetta is a rising star in the world of songwriting with his greatest success still to come,” UMPG executive VP/head of pop and rock music Monti Olson said in a statement. Besides One Direction, Bunetta has contributed to songs for Jason Derulo, Emblem3, Leona Lewis, Lupe Fiasco and Olly Murs. UMPG senior VP of U.S./International Creative Affairs Donna Caseine signed Bunetta.
— Finally, UMPG has also signed en exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Mike Einziger, who is not only a founder of Incubus but also a co-writer on Avicii’s hit, “Wake Me Up.” In addition to that song the deal also encompasses future works.
— In separate deals, Warner/Chappell Music has signed a pair of hot-shot guitar slingers, Dave Mustaine and Slash, each to his own worldwide publishing agreement.
The deal with Megadeth singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mustaine includes the band’s recently released album “Super Collider,” as well as future songs.
“As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dave Mustaine has virtually defined heavy metal music for the past three decades,” said Warner Chappell Music president of creative for North America Jon Platt in a statement.
For his part, Mustaine said in a statement that he is “glad to be reuniting with a hero of mine, Jon Platt, and industry legend Greg Sowders,” Warner Chappell’s senior VP of creative.
The deal with Slash is a worldwide administration agreement, covering all of his catalog dating back to 1985, including his solo work as well as his material with Velvet Revolver and Slash’s Snakepit. It also includes future material as well.
“For the past quarter century, Slash’s signature sound has been a commanding presence across the rock landscape, and he stands among the most innovative and influential artists of our generation,” Warner Chappell Music chairman/CEO Cameron Strang said in a staement.
— BMG Chrysalis U.S. has formed new joint venture with Darrel Franklin, formerly head of BMG Nashville. The first signing to the joint venture, called Franklin Publishing & Writer Management, is Chris Wallin, who has had songs recorded by Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins and Brad Paisley, according to the announcement. In a statement BMG Chrysalis Nashville executive VP Kos Weaver said: “Darrell has a great track record, having developed strong songwriters such as Jonathan Singleton, Brandon Hood, Melissa Pierce and John Paul White (of the Civil Wars) and I have no doubt any signing will flourish under this JV.”
— BMG Chrysalis Nashville has signed songwriter and producer Jay DeMarcus, of Rascal Flatts, to a worldwide publishing agreement. In addition to his Rascal Flatts success, DeMarcus has produced Michael English, James Otto, Jason Crabb, and Jo Dee Messina, as well as producing Chicago’s “Chicago XXX” album.
— “Voice” contestant Aquile has singed a co-publishing deal with Fieldhouse, a division of BMG. Since his participation last fall, Aquile recently released his debut single “Control.” In the next few months, he will be embarking on a 25-city tour to promote his upcoming album.
— Big Machine Music has signed Jonathan Singleton to an exclusive publishing agreement. Singleton, who recently finished a solo record entitled “The Getaway,” has written or co-written songs for Billy Currington, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner and Little Big Town. “The highest caliber of songwriter today, Jonathan is exactly the kind of unique talent that we are honored to represent at Big Machine Music,” said Big Machine Music VP Mike Molinar in a statement.