Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville Signs Derrick Southerland to Exclusive Worldwide Deal

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive global publishing deal with country music songwriter Derrick Southerland.

“Universal has such an incredible team and I feel lucky to be a part of it. The artists and writers at UMPG are inspiring and humbling to be around, and the pluggers are the kind of champions every writer is searching for on Music Row,” said Southerland. “I’m so thankful that Kent and Missy made me a part of such a talented roster, and I’m looking forward to sharing success together!”

Kent Earls, UMPG Nashville Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, “An exciting addition to our UMPG Nashville roster, Derrick is a wonderfully gifted songwriter with a talent for collaborating with writers across genres to create hits. Between his work ethic and lyrical sensibilities, we are honored that he has joined us and look forward to his future success.”
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Kane Brown Makes Country Music History

Kane Brown is the first artist to reign at the top of all five Billboard main country charts at the same time. 

As of October 16th, Kane Brown’s “What Ifs” leads Billboard’s Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs, and Country Digital Song Sales. When “What Ifs” took over the number one spot on the Hot Country Songs chart it replaced Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” which dominated the chart for a record breaking 34 weeks. Billboard’s Hot County Songs chart blends airplay, streaming, and sales data. 

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2017 CMA Nominees

Congratulations to UMPG writers Keith Urban and Sam Hunt on your CMA Nominations. 

Keith Urban leads the CMA nominees with a total of five nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” This is Urban’s 10th time being nominated for CMA’s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year. 

Sam Hunt’s record breaking 34 week #1 song, “Body Like a Back Road,” earned him nominations for Single of the Year and Song of the Year. 

The 51st Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8, at 8PM EST on ABC. 



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Congratulations to the 2017 ACM Nominees

Congratulations to UMPG Nashville writers Keith Urban, Kane Brown, and Luke Laird on there ACM Nominations. 

The incredible Keith Urban leads the ACM Awards with seven nominations including Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Kane Brown earns his first ACM nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year. Lori McKenna's "Humble and Kind" scores a nomination for Song of the Year. And Luke Laird's unparalleled talents has earned him a nomination for Songwriter of the Year. 

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Now Streaming: Prince

Some of the greatest songs ever written by Prince are now streaming worldwide on services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Prime, and Google Play, among others. 

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Bob Kingsley's Milestone Artist Andrew Dorff

Listen to Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 where Andrew Dorff is featured in the Milestone Artist segment. This segment includes a medley of Dorff's biggest hits and a look at his influence on the Nashville songwriting community. A celebration of Dorff's career before his death at the age of 40. 

L.A. native Andrew Dorff was a touring recording artist for a decade before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in songwriting. Some of his biggest hits include "Save It For a Rainy Day," "Somebody's Heartbreak," "My Eyes" and "Neon Light." 

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UMPG Mourns the Loss of Andrew Dorff

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.

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Ryan Hurd Releases Debut Single "We Do Us"

Ryan Hurd created a major internet buzz almost overnight with the release of his debut single "We Do Us." In less than a week, the song reached over a million streams on Spotify. "We Do Us," written by Hurd, Laura Veltz, and Mikey Reaves, is a glimpse into Ryan's upcoming album which is currently in the works.

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