Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed American pop star and songwriter Ariana Grande to an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement.
UMPG will represent Grande’s entire catalogue, including her No.1 albums, Yours Truly (2013), and her second hit album, My Everything (2014), both of which were released on another member of Universal Music Group – Republic Records.
Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG said: “Ariana Grande’s global success is a testament to her incredible talent and instincts as an artist and a songwriter. We’re so pleased to be working with her, alongside her management and our partners at Republic, to represent her songs and help maximise opportunities around the world.”
Ariana Grande’s 2013 debut album, Yours Truly, shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, launching multiple hit singles and earning RIAA Gold certification.
She co-wrote six of the album’s songs, including “Daydreaming,” “Better Left Unsaid,” “Piano,” “Almost is Never Enough,” “Right There,” and “Tattooed Heart.”
Her second album, My Everything, was released last year and also hit No.1 on the Billboard 200.
Its debut single “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) co-written by Grande, reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking her highest-charting single to date.
The song has been certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. alone. Other songs from My Everything include “Best Mistake,” “Be My Baby,” “Hands on Me,” “My Everything,” and “One Last Time,” the album’s fifth single which has reached No.13 (Billboard Hot 100).
Grande is currently on a worldwide tour scheduled to run through October.
[Pictured Front: Jennifer Merlino, Manager, Untitled Entertainment. Pictured back (left to right) Stephanie Simon – Partner, Untitled Entertainment; Scooter Braun, Founder, SB Projects; Evan Lamberg, UMPG President – North America; Ariana Grande; and Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO.]Music Business Worldwide