This new agreement will see Warner Chappell becoming Ultra’s sub-publisher in the UK and responsible for collecting the company’s digital income across the UK and the rest of Europe.
Ultra, which has a network of studios around the world, will also explore new collaborations and opportunities for its roster of writers and producers with those represented by Warner Chappell Music.
Among Ultra’s catalog, which includes over 36,000 copyrights, are releases from: Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West, Future, Kygo, Steve Aoki, Migos, Madonna, Sean Paul, Paul Woolford, Diplo, The Weeknd and David Guetta among many others.
Some of the biggest tracks on which Ultra has a share include: OMI Cheerleader, Katy Perry’s Firework, Big Shaq Man’s Not Hot, James Arthur Say You Won’t Let Go, Joel Corry ft. Mabel’s I Wish and Diplo Looking For Me.
Ultra was founded in 2004 by Patrick Moxey.
Today’s announcement follows the news in January that Sony Music Group had bought full ownership of legendary dance music label Ultra Records, with Moxey exiting the label and David Waxman takes over as President.
“Ultimately, it came to a place where I really wanted to get back to my independent roots. And I’m super excited to be 100% independent again,” he said.
He added: “Rob Stringer is very good at what he does, and under Rob’s guidance, Sony is a powerful and effective machine. But a big major [record company] is always industrializing music. And I want the creativity of my artists to shine; I want my artists to have priority.”
“I’m delighted to be joining forces with Guy Moot, Shani Gonzales and the team at Warner Chappell Music in the UK and Europe.”
Patrick Moxey, Ultra Music Publishing
Patrick Moxey, Founder and CEO of Ultra Music Publishing, said: “I’m delighted to be joining forces with Guy Moot, Shani Gonzales and the team at Warner Chappell Music in the UK and Europe.
“This new alliance will open up a wealth of new opportunities for Ultra’s writers to collaborate across Warner Chappell Music’s amazing roster of talent and will allow us to access its state of the art collection systems and resources on behalf of all those we represent.”
“Patrick and I have known each other for more than 30 years both as friends and business partners.”
Guy Moot, Warner Chappell Music
Guy Moot Co-Chairman and CEO of Warner Chappell Music, said: “Patrick and I have known each other for more than 30 years both as friends and business partners.
“There are few better at understanding where music is heading and what opportunities that’s opening up.
“So, I’m delighted that we’re getting to work together again as a result of this deal and I know that our collaboration will benefit writers on both our rosters.”
“I’ve been a fan of Ultra for years. Patrick has been behind wave after wave of new talent.”
Shani Gonzales, Warner Chappell Music UK
Shani Gonzales, Head of International A&R and Managing Director of Warner Chappell Music UK, said: “I’ve been a fan of Ultra for years. Patrick has been behind wave after wave of new talent.
“I’m so excited that we’re going to be working together to unlock more commercial and creative benefits for our writers.”Music Business Worldwide