In Memory of Rod Temperton (1949 - 2016)

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 07 October 2016

"Everyone at Universal Publishing was deeply saddened by the news of our dear friend Rod Temperton passing away last week. He was represented as a songwriter from the very beginning by our subsidiary Rondor Music, and anyone who had the honour of building a relationship with him would know he was a very special and unique person as well as an immense talent. 

In a modern world where a song is written by any number of collaborators, he wrote nearly all of his stellar hits solely on his own. Those songs then went on to create some of the biggest superstars in history, but Rod never once sought publicity for himself. Quite the opposite in fact. His love and passion (other than the love of his life Kathy) was songwriting, which he continued to do until the very end.

He was a true gentleman, an endless pleasure to work with. Funny, charismatic, down-to-earth and unfazed by the extraordinary success he had achieved. It was always about the future with Rod, and the next song he was going to write that was going to be bigger and better than any of the other massive hits he had already written.

Our deepest condolences go to his friend and attorney Jay Cooper; his co-pilot on most of his huge success, Quincy Jones; to his publisher throughout his entire career Lance Freed - formerly of Rondor/ Universal; and most of all to his wife, soulmate and constant inspiration Kathy Temperton."

Mike McCormack, Managing Director UMPG UK

Albin Lee Meldau recieves the ANCHOR Award

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 25 September 2016

Since 2006, the Reeperbahn Festival has been one of the most important platforms for the music industry worldwide, with a focus on discovering new music and up and coming artists. This year the festival launched the very first ANCHOR Award, an accolade for the best emerging talent. UMPG Scandinavia's incredible talent Albin Lee Meldau has the honour of winning the first ever award.

Laura Mvula leads MOBO nominations 2016

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 22 September 2016

This year’s MOBO nominations have been announced, with several UMPG artists and writers in the running for an award including Laura Mvula, Craig David, Wretch 32, Chase & Status, M.O and writer Kassa Alexander.  Laura Mvula is one of the most nominated artists, up for four awards: Best Female, Best Album for ‘The Dreaming Room’, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Video for ‘Phenomenal Woman’. 

Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan honoured with PEN Lyrics Award

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 20 September 2016

Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan have been honoured with the prestigious PEN Song Lyrics Award. The award is bestowed biennially by the writers' group PEN New England – with the aim of recognising excellence in the use of language in songwriting. This year's honorees were chosen by a committee that included U2's Bono, Elvis Costello and Salman Rushdie.

Bastille release second album 'Wild World'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 09 September 2016

Bastille release their hugely anticipated second album ‘Wild World’ today through Virgin EMI. The album follows the band’s global 4 million selling, multi-platinum debut ‘Bad Blood’. ‘Wild World’ retains the vivid, rich, filmic song-writing of its predecessor but pushes the band’s distinctive sound in exciting new directions. 

Secret Genius: Spotify interview Nicky Chinn

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 25 July 2016

The super-successful Chinnichap team - Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman - wrote some of the biggest pop and glam rock hits of the 70’s. These credentials made Nicky the perfect choice for Spotify’s new Secret Genius series, interviewing the songwriting talent behind some of the biggest musical success stories. Listen to Spotify’s Rob Fitzpatrick sit down with Nicky to talk songwriting, hit singles and ask – one hundred million sales later – how did he they do it? 

Laura Mvula releases 'The Dreaming Room'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 17 June 2016

Laura Mvula releases her new album, ‘The Dreaming Room’  today through RCA Victor (Sony). ‘The Dreaming Room’ is an expansion on what was already a captivating sound.  The heavenly layers of voices, the unexpected complex diversions and the celestial grandeur are still all there but with the addition of buzzy analogue synths and electric guitar lines.  

Mike McCormack named Managing Director of UMPG UK

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 16 June 2016

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today that Mike McCormack has been named Managing Director of the UK.  McCormack first joined UMPG’s U.K. business in 1999 as Deputy Managing Director and during that time he signed and worked with artists and songwriters including Adele, Alabama Shakes, Lily Allen, Dangermouse, The Darkness, The Killers, MGMT and Sigur Rós.

Paul Simon releases 'Stranger to Stranger'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 03 June 2016

Paul Simon has released ‘Stranger to Stranger’, his 13th solo album, on June 3rd via Concord Records. Full of thrilling, imaginative textures, ‘Stranger to Stranger’ conjures a vivid and vital new context to Simon’s well-established virtuosity as a singer and songwriter.  The record - his first since 2011’s acclaimed ‘So Beautiful or So What’ - ushers the listener into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were thirty years ago with another masterwork ‘Graceland’. 

Gregory Porter - 'Take Me to the Alley'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 06 May 2016

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with ‘Take Me to the Alley’, the much-anticipated follow-up to his sensational 2013 Blue Note debut ‘Liquid Spirit’.