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Big Sean Album Debuts At No.1

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 13 February 2017

Hip-hop star Big Sean scored his second No.1, on the Billboard 200 album charts with his newest release, I Decided. The album features the singles “Bounce Back” and “Moves” along with guest features from UMPG artists Jeremih, Eminem, Jhene Aiko and Quavo, plus additional UMPG songwriting credits from Metro Boomin, Travis Scott and DJ Khalil. Congratulations to Big Sean and all our amazing writers on the record!

UMPG Appoints Rochelle Holguin VP Of Creative Strategy

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 07 February 2017

UMPG has appointed Rochelle Holguin to the position of Vice President of Creative Strategy. Holguin’s newly created role is part of UMPG’s global strategy to accelerate the company’s focus on creative development and strategic marketing for artists, songwriters and song catalog. Reporting to Gerson, Holguin will work closely with UMPG's Sync and A&R teams, as well as UMG’s Film/TV development group, to create unique partnerships and promotional opportunities with streaming services, TV/film studios, digital, social and other emerging platforms.

UMPG Australia Signs Woodes To Worldwide Deal

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 31 January 2017

Universal Music Publishing Australia has signed a global music publishing deal with rising Melbourne artist/producer Woodes, it was announced today by Andrew Jenkins, President of Universal Music publishing Australasia, and Arwen Curson, VP Creative of Universal Music Publishing Australia and New Zealand.

Elton John Launches Video Competition for Classic Songs

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 12 January 2017

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton John and Bernie Taupin have launched a competition to find emerging talent to create videos for their iconic songs, "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer" and "Benny and the Jets." Entitled "The Cut," the competition has been created in partnership with Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Grammy Award-wining music video maker Melina Matsoukas, and Golden Globe winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins.

UMPG At Coachella

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 10 January 2017

At the sold out iconic Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, Universal Music Publishing has 16 incredible artists performing including The xx, Travis Scott, Empire of The Sun, Future, Martin Garrix, and New Order plus Banks & Steelz, Bastille, Crystal Castles, Kungs, Raury, Shura, Tale of Us, Tory Lanez, Toots & The Maytals and Tourist. The three day festival will take place two weekends this year, Friday April 14 – Sunday April 16 and Friday April 21 – Sunday April 23.

Adele & Coldplay - the two biggest albums of 2016

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 03 January 2017

Adele's third studio album ‘25’ is officially the biggest album of 2016 in the UK, followed by Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ - according to data from the Official Charts Company.

Behind The Hit With Rising Country Star: Kane Brown

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 21 December 2016

Breakout country artist and UMPG writer Kane Brown’s self-titled debut album debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and Top 10 on the Billboard 200, marking the biggest debut country album of the past two years and earning Brown consecutive Top 10 Billboard 200 and back-to-back Top 5 Billboard Country projects in less than a year.

UMPG Mourns the Loss of Andrew Dorff

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 20 December 2016

Today we mourn the tragic loss of prolific songwriter Andrew Dorff, a man with a heart of gold and an unparalleled talent for songwriting.

He was beloved in the Nashville community. To us, he was family and a fixture in our office and in our writers rooms. As a songwriter he was extremely gifted and dedicated to the craft. It wasn’t unusual for Andrew to have two, or even three co-writing sessions a day.