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Alexandra Lioutikoff promoted to President, Universal Music Publishing Group Latin America & U.S. Latin

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, announced today that Alexandra Lioutikoff has been promoted to President, Latin America and U.S. Latin. Based in Miami, Lioutikoff will continue reporting to UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.

In this new role, Lioutikoff becomes the first female president of Latin America and U.S. Latin for a major music publishing company. She will continue to be responsible for the growth and development of U.S. Latin and Latin American territories for the company, overseeing operations across 19 countries and building UMPG’s Latin songwriter roster.

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Universal Music Publishing Group signs independent publisher ‘S2 Songs’ to Global Administration Agreement

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publisher, today announced a worldwide administration agreement with S2 Songs, a new, independent publishing company. The boutique organization is led by coprincipals Savan Kotecha, a multiple Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter and producer, and leading global music executive Sonny Takhar, CEO and Founder of KYN Entertainment (a joint venture music entertainment company with Live Nation) and former Global President of Syco Music.

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UMPG writers’ success at 2019 Brit awards

In a great night for UMPG artists, Tom Walker, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande were among the winners at this year’s Brit awards. Tom Walker took home his first Brit, the award for British Breakthrough Act, Ariana Grande was crowned International Female Solo Artist, and Dua Lipa (Tap Publishing) won the award for British Single for "One Kiss" (with Calvin Harris).

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Universal Music Publishing Group promotes Simon Baker to General Manager, European Operations

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, today announced that Simon Baker has been promoted to General Manager, European Operations, effective immediately. Based in London, Baker will continue reporting to UMPG Chief Operating Officer Marc Cimino.

In his new position, Baker will continue to provide support on financial and business matters to UMPG’s European team of Managing Directors, including UK MD Mike McCormack. In addition, Baker will work closely with the company’s leadership in Santa Monica. He previously served as SVP, Finance and Operations for Europe, and joined UMPG in 2001.

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Universal Music Publishing Group signs Billie Eilish to global co-publishing deal

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, today announced the signing of global pop phenomenon Billie Eilish to an exclusive co-publishing deal. 16-year-old singer-songwriter Eilish (Darkroom/Interscope Records) has become one of music’s fastest-rising superstars. Her debut EP “dont smile at me” was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and has surpassed 2.5 billion streams worldwide.

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Universal Music Publishing Group signs Brian Lee to global publishing deal

Universal Music Publishing Group today announced the signing of hit songwriter Brian Lee to an exclusive publishing deal. A Korean-American songwriter, Lee is the powerhouse songwriter behind huge global hits including “Havana” by Camila Cabello, “Work from Home” by Fifth Harmony, “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake & Justin Bieber, “Wolves” by Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo & Selena Gomez, “Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line and watt, and more.

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Elton John and Universal Music Group strike global partnership

Rocket Entertainment and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced a significant new agreement to provide Elton John, one of music’s most iconic artists and the most successful male solo artist in US Billboard chart history, the industry’s best resources and expertise across recorded music, music publishing and licensing rights. This partnership not only means that UMG represents the entirety of Elton John’s legendary creative output throughout his extraordinary five-decade career, but also will see UMG’s labels globally release all of Elton John’s new music for the rest of his career going forward.

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SZA to receive first ever 'She Is The Music' honor from Universal Music Publishing Chairman-CEO Jody Gerson

Universal Music Publishing Group today announced that global music icon and Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist SZA will be named as the first-ever “She Is The Music” honoree, recognizing female songwriters for their contributions to music and impact on culture. UMPG Global Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson will present the award at Songs of Hope XIV, the event benefitting world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center City of Hope.

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