Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar has signed an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
Lamar is a 13-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter and producer, having garnered Grammy wins for Best Rap Song three times, two for Rap Album, and four for Best Rap Performance, among others.
Over the course of his career, Lamar has released multiple No.1 albums including: Billboard 200 toppers Damn and To Pimp a Butterfly, Untitled Unmastered, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, and award-winning soundtrack Black Panther: The Album.
Among his Top 10-charting records are No.1 Humble (certified 3x Platinum), DNA, All the Stars with SZA, Pray for Me with The Weeknd, and more.
Lamar’s major label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (2012), reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was named by Rolling Stone as one of The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.
To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), his first No.1 on the Billboard 200, was ranked by several media outlets as one the best albums of the 2010s.
Damn (2017) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, making Lamar the first non-classical and non-jazz artist to receive the honor.
In 2018, he wrote and produced 14 soundtrack songs for Marvel superhero film Black Panther. His work won the Academy and Grammy Awards for Best Original Score.
Lamar has won two American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, 11 MTV Video Music Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and an Academy Award nomination.
“Kendrick Lamar is not only one of the greatest lyricists that has ever lived, but he has done as much or more than any artist to promote much needed change in our society through music.”
Jody Gerson, UMPG
Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO, said: “Kendrick Lamar is not only one of the greatest lyricists that has ever lived, but he has done as much or more than any artist to promote much needed change in our society through music.
“I and my colleagues at UMPG are deeply honored to be afforded the opportunity to join Kendrick, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and the TDE family to help forward his unique and important vision.”
“Kendrick and I are excited for our new partnership with Jody Gerson and UMPG.”
Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith
Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith said: “Kendrick and I are excited for our new partnership with Jody Gerson and UMPG.
“Jody was passionate from the jump – she fought to make this deal happen.”
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