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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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David Kokakis elevated to Chief Counsel of Universal Music Publishing Group 

Universal Music Publishing Group today announced David Kokakis has been elevated to the newly-created role of Chief Counsel where he will continue leading UMPG’s Business and Legal Affairs team and the company’s digital rights management. He will remain based in UMPG’s global headquarters in Santa Monica and report to Marc Cimino, Chief Operating Officer of UMPG.  

In his new role, Kokakis will also work closely with labels at parent company Universal Music Group (UMG) to maximize synergies between, and digital revenues for, publishing and recorded music assets. As part of this position, he will additionally report to Jeff Harleston, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group worldwide. 

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Fans can take a chance on the musical sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” which is out 20th July. The film soundtrack includes some of ABBA's most iconic songs performed by the cast including newest member Cher.
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