MIKE EINZIGER, CO-WRITER OF AVICII'S GLOBAL HIT "WAKE ME UP," SIGNS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE MUSIC PUBLISHING AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP; "WAKE ME UP" HITS NO. 1 IN 28 COUNTRIES
Santa Monica, CA, November 6, 2013 - Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive worldwide music publishing administration agreement with songwriter Mike Einziger, as announced today by Monti Olson, Executive Vice President/Head of Pop & Rock Music, UMPG. Einziger has established himself as one of music's most talented and successful songwriters by working with a wide range of artists across all musical genres and has sold over 30 million records globally as a founder of the rock group Incubus. His deal with UMPG encompasses his future works as well as Avicii's hit "Wake Me Up."
"It's great to work with a songwriter who is as versatile and talented as Mike. The amazing response that 'Wake Me Up' has gotten is only the latest success in his extraordinary career, and I'm excited that he's made UMPG a part of his future," said Monti Olson.
"I couldn't be more honored and excited to begin my new partnership with Universal Music Publishing. This is an exciting time for me as a songwriter and I feel like I've got the ultimate team in place to help fully realize my creative visions," said Mike Einziger.
Since its release in June, Avicii's "Wake Me Up" has sold over two million copies in the US and become a global hit, rising to No. 1 in 28 countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
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