UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP RENEWS EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL PUBLISHING AGREEMENT WITH MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST MARIAH CAREY
Los Angeles, CA April 1, 2008 – David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the renewal of world-renowned, five time Grammy® award winner, multi-platinum artist Mariah Carey, to an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement.
Through the long-term relationship between UMPG, the world’s leading music publishing company, and Mariah Carey, one of the most popular global artists, the company will continue to publish Carey’s extensive catalog and future works for the world. On the heels of renewing her deal with UMPG, Mariah Carey will release her new highly anticipated album E=MC2.
Mariah Carey is an award-winning superstar with cumulative total sales of her albums, singles and long-form videos in excess of 81-times platinum in the U.S. alone and 156 million worldwide, making her the top-selling female artist in history. With a record 17 No. 1 singles – more than any female artist of the past century – five GRAMMY® Awards, BMI Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year recipient, eight American Music Awards, Billboard magazine’s “Artist of the Decade Award,” and the World Music Award as World’s “Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium” – Mariah Carey’s ongoing career remains an unparalleled success story in the history of contemporary popular music.
Upon making the announcement Renzer commented, “Mariah Carey is well known for her incredible voice, but we also celebrate her incredible strength as a songwriter and the fact that she has co-written most of her best known songs. We’re honored that she has agreed to renew her working relationship with UMPG and we look forward to continuing to promote her amazing and wonderful body of work globally.”
Mariah Carey secured her place as the No. 1 most successful female artist of all time as “Don’t Forget About Us” became her 17th song to top the Billboard Hot 100. This positions Mariah as the only artist in contention to surpass The Beatles (with 20 No. 1’s) and Elvis Presley (18 No. 1’s) in the modern era. With 77 total weeks of No.1 hits since 1990, Mariah also ranks 2nd only to Elvis, with 80 weeks.
Mariah releases her 11th studio album E=MC2 on April 15th in the US (April 14th internationally), following the first single “Touch My Body,” which debuted worldwide February 12th and is currently No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. This highly anticipated album boasts songs all co-written by Mariah along with a variety of hit producers including UMPG’s Manuel Seal, Jermaine Dupri, and many others.
E=MC2 is the follow up to her 2005 classic The Emancipation of Mimi LP (Island/Def Jam) under the auspices of L.A Reid and the management of Benny Medina at Handprint Entertainment which has since passed 10x platinum, and won three GRAMMY® awards.
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 many of the world’s top songwriters and catalogs including U2, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Coldplay, Nelly, Juan Gabriel, Ciara, Dave Grohl, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Beastie Boys, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, Henry Mancini, Christina Aguilera and Linkin Park, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.