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UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP RE-SIGNS NASHVILLE HIT-MAKER LUKE LAIRD TO NEW, WORLD-WIDE PUBLISHING AGREEMENT


Santa Monica, CA, March 6, 2012—Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the re-signing of Nashville’s award-winning songwriter, Luke Laird, to an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement. Through the deal, UMPG will now also administer select writers from Creative Nation, the publishing entity of Luke and Beth Laird.

Luke Laird has co-written three No. 1 singles in the last twelve months (“Take a Back Road” recorded by Rodney Atkins, “Drink in My Hand” recorded by Eric Church, and “You” recorded by Chris Young), earning his second consecutive Country Music Association triple play award certificate. Laird has written five No. 1 Billboard Hot Country singles over the past two years. In total, Laird has co-written nine No.1 hit singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts which include: Carrie Underwood’s “Undo it,” “So Small,” “Last Name,” and “Temporary Home;” Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger;” Rodney Atkins “Take a Back Road;” Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” featuring Trace Adkins; Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand;” and most recently Chris Young’s single “You.” He also co-wrote Miranda Lambert’s hit single, “Baggage Claim” and Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song.”

“It's an honor, for Universal Music Publishing, to continue to work with Luke who is one of the most successful songwriters to come out of any music genre in years. And it's an additional honor to start a business relationship with Beth Laird and Luke's Creative Nation Music as well,” said Evan Lamberg, President, Universal Music Publishing North America. “Kudos to Kent Earls and his staff for continuing to put songwriter relationships at the core of what matters most.”

"We are excited and thrilled to continue our already successful relationship with Luke Laird," said Kent Earls, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Universal Music Publishing Nashville. "Luke continues to deliver smash after smash after smash.  He has solidified his place among the Nashville hit-makers with nine No. 1 songs over the last few years.  As well, we look forward to working with Beth Laird and the Creative Nation writers to help accomplish their goals." 

"I am so blessed to have the opportunity to make music every day and have really enjoyed working with Evan, Kent and the whole UMPG team. With the addition of Creative Nation, I couldn't be more thrilled about the future," said Luke Laird.

Luke Laird is nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music® Awards which will be held on April 1st. Laird was recently named one of Billboard’s Top 3 Hot Country Songwriters. Laird also recently celebrated multiple wins at the 59th Annual BMI Country Awards for “Temporary Home,” “Undo It,” and “Mama’s Song,” all recorded by Carrie Underwood. 

Luke Laird has co-written for some of music’s biggest artists which include: Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Lee Ann Womack, Hunter Hayes, Amy Grant, Little Big Town, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Lauren Alaina, Sara Evans, and Charlotte Church. Laird is also co-producing Kacey Musgraves debut album on Mercury/Lost Highway. All told, Laird’s songs have contributed to the sales of more than 20 million albums.

 

About Universal Music Publishing Group

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry's leading global music publishing operation and is part of Universal Music Group. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world’s hottest songwriters and catalogs including ABBA, Adele, Alex Da Kid, Lily Allen, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Leonard Bernstein, Justin Bieber, Bjork, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Desmond Child, Ciara, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Daughtry, Ester Dean, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jackie Evancho, Juanes, Florence + The Machine, Kirk Franklin, Sean Garrett, Skylar Grey, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, R. Kelly, The Killers, BB King, Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons, Linkin Park, Webb Pierce, Henry Mancini, Maroon 5, Mumford + Sons, Prince, Pucinni, Otis Redding, Darius Rucker, Owl City, Sex Pistols, Gustavo Santaolalla, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Tricky Stewart, 3 Doors Down, Mel Tillis, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Withers, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music.  For more information please visit http://www.umusicpub.com.

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