Universal lands exclusive global publishing deal with China’s RYCE spanning 700+ songs

Universal Music Publishing China (UMP China) has signed an exclusive global publishing agreement with China-based RYCE Publishing.

RYCE is the publishing unit of music and entertainment company RYCE Entertainment, and covers more than 700 C-Pop and K-Pop songs.

UMP China will exclusively lead global administration responsibilities for hundreds of hit songs as part of the deal.

Some of those tracks include GOT7 member Jackson Wang’s 100 Ways, and I Love You 3000; TFBOYS’ Manual to Youth and Adore; Sitar Tan’s Xiao Juan; and Taiwanese-American artist Amber Liu’s Easier feat. Jackson Wang.

The partnership also covers the Greater China rights to hundreds of major Kpop hits performed by Korean acts like Super Junior, EXO-CBXGOT7, and TWICE.

Under the alliance, RYCE’s writers and artists will be able to use UMP China’s global infrastructure as they seek to capture audiences around the world. UMP says it will also work with RYCE Publishing to expand its roster of songwriters and producers.

Additionally, the two companies will continue to promote K-pop music culture in the Greater China markets.

“We saw the rise of J-pop three decades ago and its massive influence on audiences across Asia. Now K-pop is a global phenomenon as we all know, and there has been a very key bridging force between these genres in the last two decades,” says Joe Fang, Managing Director of UMP China.

“With China rising to become the sixth biggest music market of the world, I believe the time of C-pop is here.”

Joe Fang, Universal Music Publishing China

Fang added: “With China rising to become the sixth biggest music market of the world, I believe the time of C-pop is here. RYCE Publishing, with its hybrid talents and border-crossing catalogs, is a central piece of that next bridging force and I’m thrilled that UMPG will play an instrumental role in supporting these future chapters of music history.”

Yunyun Wang, Managing Director of RYCE Publishing, said: “We hope that everyone respects music copyright. If we could all do that, every artist in China music market will be motivated to work harder to make decent products, creating a healthy environment for us all.”

“Our publishing arm is at the very core of RYCE. We’re looking forward to the fruits of our partnership.”

Daryl K, RYCE Entertainment

Daryl K, Founder and CEO of RYCE Entertainment said: “Our publishing arm is at the very core of RYCE. It’s our creative hub and where we innovate and create. We protect and promote our writers with a vengeance and we’re excited to continue doing so with UMP China. We’re looking forward to the fruits of our partnership.”

Andrew Jenkins, President of Asia Pacific, Universal Music Publishing Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome RYCE Publishing to the Universal family through our new agreement in China for the World.

“Our best in class global administration services combined with the progressive and innovative teams in our Universal Beijing and Shanghai offices will provide RYCE Publishing with the best possible partner for their incredible creative vision.

“Their remarkable creative drive has led to a huge number of hits and great commercial success for RYCE Publishing so far. I look forward to an even more successful future as both companies work together to further build on the global impact of RYCE Publishing in the coming years through this new agreement.”

In October 2021, UMP China opened its second office in Shanghai, expanding UMPG’s operations in China.

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