Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Niall Horan has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
Horan has sold over 80 million records and toured the globe multiple times as a member of One Direction, one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.
In 2017, he released his first full-length solo album Flicker which debuted at No.1 in the US and Ireland.
The Platinum-certified album features triple-Platinum single Slow Hands as well as This Town, with both songs reaching the top 20 in multiple countries.
Follow-up 2020 album Heartbreak Weather debuted at No.4 in the US and No.1 on Irish and UK charts, Horan’s first UK No.1 as a solo artist.
With his new third album, The Show, Horan landed his second UK No.1 as a solo artist.
The album features co-writes from Grammy Award-winning UMPG songwriters Jimmy Napes and Tobias Jesso Jr.
Horan said: “It’s my absolute pleasure to sign with UMPG. I have known Mike personally for many years and I’m so happy that I get to work with a man who firstly genuinely cares about artistry and the art of writing a song, and secondly knows the world of publishing like no other.
“To have met the great Jody Gerson who I’ve known of throughout my career as being a badass publisher and when I felt the love from her and Mike, I wasn’t going anywhere else to be honest.”
Added Horan: “To have met the great Jody Gerson who I’ve known of throughout my career as being a badass publisher and when I felt the love from her and Mike, I wasn’t going anywhere else to be honest.”
“I’ve known Niall for years and he has always shown a deep commitment to the art of songwriting.”
Mike McCormack, UMPG UK
UMPG UK Managing Director Mike McCormack, said: “I’ve known Niall for years and he has always shown a deep commitment to the art of songwriting.
“I’m thrilled UMPG has the privilege to represent his past, present and future solo works and support his artistry alongside Harry and Richard from Modest Management. We are especially excited to be celebrating Niall’s fantastic new LP and know he has a bright future ahead.”
Harry Magee added: “Mike has been talking to me about Niall since our lockdown bike rides and when the album finally started to come together, it was then very post-lockdown in McCormack’s kitchen with some great wine, my phone and the obligatory Bluetooth speaker.
“He really gets Niall’s musicality and singer-songwriter spirit which has reached new levels of maturity on this record. Mike was excited from that day and so this partnership has always been written in the stars!”Music Business Worldwide