Grammy-winning producer Cirkut inks global deal with Universal Music Publishing Group

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Pictured [L-R]: Mike Caren, APG; Luke Mitzman, 100 Management; Cirkut; Lillia Parsa, SVP of A&R, UMPG; Luke McGrellis, VP of A&R, UMPG; Jayson Boyarski, Boyarski Fritz LLP

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has inked an exclusive, global publishing agreement with producer and songwriter Cirkut.

Cirkut, whose real name is Henry Walter, has written and produced numerous Billboard Hot 100 No.1 singles, including Part of Me, Roar and Dark Horse by Katy Perry, Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus, and Sugar and Girls Like U by Maroon 5.

He also wrote and produced Sweet but Psycho and Kings & Queens by Ava Max, who he also executive produced and helped develop.

“I’ve been kind of involved in every facet of Ava’s career, overseeing it very closely and watching it go from the very beginning to the success she’s had now,” he told MBW in a 2020 interview. “I’m really proud of that.”

Walter also produced seven songs on The Weeknd’s album Starboy, which won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Most recently, the Canadian collaborated on Kanye West’s 10th studio album Donda for the track Hurricane featuring The Weeknd and Lil Baby.

Cirkut has also picked up a Juno Awards’ Producer of the Year accolade, and gained a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year with Katy Perry’s Roar.

In 2020, Cirkut appointed Luke Mitzman of 100 MGMT and APG‘s Mike Caren as his co-managers.

“This marks an exciting next chapter for me.”


Cirkut, said: “I’m thrilled to be working with such an awesome group of people at UMPG.

“This marks an exciting next chapter for me and I couldn’t ask for a better team to help me achieve my goals.”

“We are so thrilled to welcome the talented Cirkut to our UMPG family!”

Lillia Parsa, UMPG

Lillia Parsa, Senior Vice President of A&R at UMPG, said: “We are so thrilled to welcome the talented Cirkut to our UMPG family!

“He is such a force and the mastermind behind some of music’s biggest sounds.

“We are very much looking forward to what we will build together and happy to be supporting him in the next chapters of his career.”

“It is a dream getting to work with a writer/producer like Cirkut.”

Luke McGrellis, UMPG

Luke McGrellis, Vice President of A&R at UMPG, added: “It is a dream getting to work with a writer/producer like Cirkut.

“His track record is second to none, and his drive and dedication to his art are continually inspiring.

“We’re honored that he chose us to be his new publishing partner and look forward to amplifying his success.”Music Business Worldwide

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