Universal Music Publishing Group

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Universal Music Publishing Group
Industry Music industry
  • 1972
  • 1998 (Name change)
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Services Music publishing
Parent Universal Music Group
Website umusicpub.com

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a North American music publishing company and is part of the Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi Group. It was formerly known as MCA Music Publishing until its mother company Seagram was dismantled.

Universal Music Publishing is the world's second largest music publishing company, behind Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[1]


UMPG owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights. They are one of the largest music publishing businesses in the world with more than 43 offices in 36 countries.

In 1998, Seagram acquired PolyGram for $10.4 billion.[2] PolyGram's music business was merged into Seagram's MCA Records, forming a new company named Universal Music Group. The merger also included both record labels' music publishers.[3] In 2006, Universal Music Publishing Group acquired Bertelsmann Music Publishing from Bertelsmann Music Group for €1.63 billion, back then the third largest publishing group in the world, making Universal Music the largest music publisher in the world. As part of the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal divested the catalogues of Zomba UK, Rondor UK, 19 Music and BBC to a new company named Imagem.[4]

On January 1, 2015, Jody Gerson was named the Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, becoming the first female to run a major music publishing company.[5] On December 3, 2015, she was named Executive of the Year by Billboard Magazine in its Women in Music issue.[6] Sony/ATV Music Publishing overtook Universal Music Publishing as the world's largest music publisher in 2013 after acquiring EMI Music Publishing.[7]


Among the well-known artists that are affiliated with UMPG are: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Adele, U2, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, Britney Spears, Mumford & Sons, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Florence and the Machine, Basement Jaxx, Imagine Dragons, Massive Attack, New Order,[8] Shawn Mendes,[9] J. Cole, Eminem, Martin Garrix, Big Sean, Jason Derulo, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Zedd,[10] Future, Tobias Jesso Jr, Post Malone, Stereophonics, Eve, Musiq, Romeo Santos,[11] Kacy Hill, Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, Noir Desir, Bruce Springsteen,[12] Roxette,[13] Michael Chabon, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Carly Simon,[14] Jack White,[15] Redfoo,[16] Adassa, Zucchero, Miguel Bosé, Taproot, Craig David, Ultraspank, BT, Brian McKnight, Guy Sebastian, Svoy, Paul Simon, Hunter Hayes, Shania Twain, Miguel, Sam Hunt, André Rieu, 3 Doors Down, The Corrs, Dianne Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Travis Scott and Angie Miller.[17]

Notable Songs

Some of UMPG's popular song titles include: "I Will Survive" by Perren/Fekaris; "You're Still the One" and "That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain; "Beautiful Day", "Pride (In the Name of Love)", and "Desire", by U2; "Magic Carpet Ride" by Moreve/Kay; "Gangnam Style" by Psy; "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Perren/Fekaris; "Born to Be Wild" by Mars Bonfire; "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" by Kern/Hammerstein, "Blue Christmas" by Hayes/Johnson; "Strangers in the Night" by Kaempfert/Snyder/Singleton, "The Way You Look Tonight" by Kern/Fields; "Lady Sings The Blues" by Nichols/Holiday, "Candle in the Wind", "Your Song" and "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John/Bernie Taupin; "Girl From Ipanema" by Jobim/Demoraes/Gimbel; "Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down; and themes from the movies The Mummy II, Gladiator, E.T., The Pink Panther, Jaws, among many others.[citation needed]


UMPG administers the 60,000 title Rondor Music Catalog and also owns or administers a multitude of others including: Interscope and Def Jam Music, All Nations Music, Charlie Daniels, Casa Ricordi, Matraca Berg, DreamWorks Animation, HBO, Warner Bros., Sesame Street, Disney Music Group,[18] Forerunner Music, Epitaph Records, Greenwich/Barry, Momentum Publishing, and John Philips. UMPG also owns or administers the works of Leonard Bernstein and Henry Mancini (non-USA), and Dsign Music.


  1. ^ "First-Quarter Music Publishing Rankings: SONGS Surges Again". billboard.com. 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Seagram buys PolyGram from Philips for $10.6bn". independent.co.uk. May 22, 1998. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  3. ^ Inc, CMJ Network (March 22, 1999). "CMJ New Music Report". CMJ Network, Inc. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ "European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Mergers: Commission approves Universal's proposed takeover of BMG's music publishing business, subject to commitments". europa.eu. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  5. ^ "No. 8: Jody Gerson - Power 100". Billboard. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/women-in-music/6784832/jody-gerson-executive-year-2015
  7. ^ "Zach Horowitz Appointed Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group | Billboard". Billboard.biz. April 18, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  8. ^ "New Order Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Universal Music". Billboard. 
  9. ^ "Shawn Mendes Signs with Universal Music Publishing Group". billboard.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  10. ^ "UMPG signs exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with Zedd". musicweek.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Romeo Santos Signs Global Publishing Deal With UMPG: Exclusive". billboard.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Springsteen signs with UMPG". musicweek.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  13. ^ "UMPG signs Roxette catalogue". musicweek.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Carly Simon signs global deal with UMPG". musicweek.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Jack White Signs Global Publishing Deal with Universal Music Publishing". billboard.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Universal Music Publishing Group signs Redfoo to global admin deal". Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "UMPG and Disney Music Publishing partnership goes global". musicweek.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 

External links

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  • Universal Music Publishing Group Australia
  • Universal Music Publishing Group Italy
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  • Universal Music Publishing Group Netherlands
  • Universal Music Publishing Group Spain
  • Universal Music Publishing Group Sweden
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