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New signing: Max Wolfgang

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 06 December 2016

Universal Music Publishing have signed multi-instrumentalist and producer Max Wolfgang. The last 18 months have seen him in the studio writing with the likes of John Legend, Major Lazer and Rejjie Snow, and cuts to date include the Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran hit ‘Lay It All On Me’, two Martin Garrix singles and three cuts on Keane frontman Tom Chaplin's debut album 'The Wave' - which recently charted at No. 3 in the UK.  

Jonas Blue signs to UMPG

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 31 October 2016

Universal Music Publishing group are delighted to have signed multi-instrumentalist Jonas Blue. His cleverly crafted a sound – a true dance vibe but with pop sensibilities – has already seen him achieve global success - topping the iTunes and viral streaming charts and achieving platinum and multi-platinum status around the world.

50 Years of Words & Music: Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 27 October 2016

Celebrating almost 50 years of working together, the incredible Elton John and Bernie Taupin were recently presented with awards to commemorate the RIAA Multi-platinum certification of more than 17 million copies of 'Elton John Greatest Hits' and more than 2 million copies of 'Elton John Rocket Man – Number Ones'.

 

ABBA set to launch new digital experience

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 26 October 2016

Nearly 35 years after their last public performance together, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans around the world what millions of them have long dreamed of but considered impossible: A new entertainment experience.

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.