UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP SIGNS “”BABYFACE’ TO EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE AGREEMENT
LOS ANGELES, California, April 11, 2007 – Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today the signing of legendary singer/songwriter Singer/Songwriter/Producer and 10x Grammy winner, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, to an exclusive, worldwide agreement.
David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group said of the signing, “Babyface has long been one of our industry’s leading lights as a writer, artist, producer and entrepreneur. He has written, produced and in many cases performed many of our modern day ‘classic’ songs.
We are sure that the story of hitmaking will continue for him, and are thrilled to welcome him to the UMPG family.”“I am pleased to be working with Universal Music Publishing,” said Kenneth Edmonds. “The team has demonstrated their appreciation of my music, and their commitment to my career as an artist, producer and songwriter.” Babyface is currently recording his new album to be released on Def Jam, and he has cuts on Katherine McPhee, Fallout Boy, Nelly, Keisha Cole, KeKe Palmer and Ashanti. He was previously signed to Sony/ATV who retain his back catalogue.
In addition to releasing over ten solo albums, Babyface’s hit-making skills have been credited on over 320 albums and he has produced for some of music’s biggest legends and top-selling artists, including: Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, OutKast, Vanessa Williams, New Edition, En Vogue, Usher, Phil Collins, Faith Evans, George Michael, Deele, Eric Clapton, Pink, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Carole King, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, TLC, Boyz II Men, Bell Biv Devoe, John Mellencamp, Paula Abdul, Heather Headley, and many more.
Babyface has produced a vast number of motion picture original soundtracks including, The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, Boomerang, Soul Food, and Josie & The Pussycats. He also has had tracks featured on the following soundtracks Ghostbusters 2, Poetic Justice, Bad Boys, Home Alone 2, Mr. 3000, The Preachers Wife, Phenomenon, Simon Birch, Duets, The Prince of Egypt and many more.
Babyface is a 10x GRAMMY award winner, including four wins for Producer of the Year (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997); three wins for Best R&B Song (“End of the Road” “I’ll Make Love to You” “Exhale”); Album of the Year (The Bodyguard); Record of the Year (“Change the World”); and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“When Can I See You Again”).
About Universal Music Publishing Group
With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Goup. Owning or administering more than 1 million copyrights, UMPG’s writers and catalogs include: U2, Elton John, 50 Cent, Dave Grohl, Prince, Diana Krall, Ludacris, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Vanessa Carlton, Mary J. Blige, The Corrs, Eve, Musiq, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, No Doubt, Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Fatboy Slim, DMX, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, the catalog of Henry Mancini, among many others. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 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, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, 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.