EMINEM SIGNS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP SIGNS 9X GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, ACADEMY AWARD WINNER, HIP HOP ICON, MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER/LABEL EXEC EMINEM TO AN EXCLUSIVE, WORLDWIDE ADMINISTRATION AGREEMENT
Los Angeles, CA (March 6, 2007) – Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today the signing of multi-GRAMMY award winner, Academy Award winner, multi-platinum artist/songwriter/producer, Eminem, to an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement.
The deal encompasses tracks on Eminem’s multi-platinum greatest hits collection Curtain Call; the latest Shady Records offering, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up; songs co-written on 50 Cent’s – The Massacre; as well as the huge hit “Smack That” produced by Akon featuring Eminem; and new songs to be written by Eminem. The deal also includes a joint venture with Eminem’s publishing company, Shady Music Publishing, allowing Eminem and manager Paul Rosenberg to sign other writers and artists.
David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group states, “Eminem is an icon for millions of music fans around the globe. His success as a writer and producer for both his own records as well as other artists continues to grow. We are honored that Eminem and his representatives have chosen Universal Music Publishing Group as their new home.”
As an artist, Eminem has received nine GRAMMY awards, including three for Best Rap Album (The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show); three for Best Rap Solo Performance (“My Name Is,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and “Lose Yourself”); one for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group (“Forgot About Dre”); one for Best Rap Song (“Lose Yourself”); and one for Best Short Form Music Video (“Without Me”), which also earned him an Oscar. Eminem has released seven multi-platinum albums - six of which have reigned as the Billboard No. 1 Album, including 1999’s The Slim Shady LP, 2000’s Marshall Mathers LP, 2002’s The Eminem Show, 2004’s Encore, and 2005’s Curtain Call – The Hits. He has also has had a total of sixteen different songs in the Top 10 of various Billboard Charts, bringing him fifty-three Top 10 chart positions.
Marshall B. Mathers III, a.k.a. Eminem, a.k.a. Slim Shady, has made a name for himself as a rapper, record producer and actor. Mathers got his big break when his talents were discovered by pioneer rapper and producer Dr. Dre, who signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label, becoming a crossover sensation with his debut single "My Name Is" and simultaneously earning respect for his technical and lyrical ability.
Eminem is noted for his ability to change his vocal pace and style multiple times within one song without losing the beat, and has been widely praised for his skill in alliteration and assonance. Mathers is also infamous for the controversy surrounding many of his lyrics.
The most recent release from Aftermath was a greatest hits album from Eminem called Curtain Call: The Hits in 2005, a compilation covering many of his previous commercial hit songs, in addition to three new tracks. Mathers has taken a focused interest in producing and writing with fellow Aftermath artists as well as 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records artists and rappers under his Shady Records label.
Most recently, on December 5, 2006, Shady Records released Eminem Presents The Re-Up, an album compiled in mixtape format that features Shady Records artists. Having sold over 70 million albums, Eminem is the best selling music artist of the decade so far.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal South Records and Verve Music Group, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.