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Elton John Launches Video Competition for Classic Songs

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 12 January 2017

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton John and Bernie Taupin have launched a competition to find emerging talent to create videos for their iconic songs, "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer" and "Benny and the Jets." Entitled "The Cut," the competition has been created in partnership with Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Grammy Award-wining music video maker Melina Matsoukas, and Golden Globe winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins.

UMPG At Coachella

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 10 January 2017

At the sold out iconic Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, Universal Music Publishing has 16 incredible artists performing including The xx, Travis Scott, Empire of The Sun, Future, Martin Garrix, and New Order plus Banks & Steelz, Bastille, Crystal Castles, Kungs, Raury, Shura, Tale of Us, Tory Lanez, Toots & The Maytals and Tourist. The three day festival will take place two weekends this year, Friday April 14 – Sunday April 16 and Friday April 21 – Sunday April 23.

Behind The Hit With Rising Country Star: Kane Brown

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 21 December 2016

Breakout country artist and UMPG writer Kane Brown’s self-titled debut album debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and Top 10 on the Billboard 200, marking the biggest debut country album of the past two years and earning Brown consecutive Top 10 Billboard 200 and back-to-back Top 5 Billboard Country projects in less than a year.

UMPG Mourns the Loss of Andrew Dorff

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 20 December 2016

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.

J.Cole Scores Fourth No.1 Album

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 19 December 2016

J.Cole’s incredible new album 4 Your Eyez Only debuted atop the Billboard 200, making it his fourth No.1 album!

Coldplay: Most Streamed Band in the World

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 18 December 2016

Spotify has named Coldplay as their "most streamed band” worldwide.  The band have amassed over 5 billion streams on the service, one billion of which are for their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams.   

Jody Gerson Receives 2016 Inspiring Woman Of The Year

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 12 December 2016

Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson was honored by March of Dimes as the 2016 Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother.

UMPG Receives 80 Grammy Nominations

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 07 December 2016

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publisher, is proud to announce the company has a publishing interest related to 80 nominations in a wide range of 35 categories for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Metallica Earns Sixth No.1 Album

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 28 November 2016

Metal legends Metallica released their tenth studio album and first record in eight years, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.