Santa Monica, CA, March 28, 2012—Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the signing of writer and producer, Mike Elizondo, to an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement.

Elizondo has established himself as a formidable force in the hip-hop industry, having co-wrote and co-produced the No. 1 hit single “In Da Club” for 50 Cent, as well as co-writing three songs for the multiple platinum album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and two songs for Massacre. He also penned Eminem’s breakout single, “The Real Slim Shady” as well as four songs on the Grammy Award-winning and 9x platinum The Marshall Mathers LP. He continues to write hits with Eminem, with several co-writes on The Eminem Show, Encore and Relapse albums. Other notable co-writes include “Rich Girl” for Gwen Stefani, “Family Affair” for Mary J Blige and the No. 1 hit single “Cowboy Casanova” for Carrie Underwood.

“Mike is one of the most versatile, special and accomplished songwriters, producers and arrangers in our industry. It’s an honor that he’s chosen to join the Universal Music Publishing family,” said Evan Lamberg, President, Universal Music Publishing North America.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Universal Music Publishing family. I look forward to working with such a creative group of people. We’re going to have a lot of fun!” said Mike Elizondo.

“Mike is one of the most unique songwriters/producers in popular music,” said Monti Olson, Executive Vice President/Head of Pop & Rock Music. “He delivers high quality music to every project he gets involved with. I am honored Mike has chosen to make UMPG his new home.”

Elizondo’s successes in producing have come in multiple genres, including Maroon 5’s 2x platinum selling album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine, and Pink’s I’m Not Dead. In 2008, Elizondo was nominated for Producer of the Year at the Grammy Awards. Some of Elizondo’s additional credits include producing for Avenged Sevenfold, Alanis Morissette, The Game, Natasha Beddingfield, Rilo Kiley, Switchfoot, Kate Voegele, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, D-12, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Obie Trice, Kris Allen, Warren G, Macy Gray, Mandy Moore, Eve, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Nelly Furtado, and Lisa Marie Presley.

Currently, Elizondo is collaborating with: Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, and Marissa Jack. He is in the studio starting productions for Gary Clark Jr. and Tegan & Sara. He has just completed production for Regina Spektor’s upcoming release.

Elizondo has also co-produced on many motion picture soundtracks. He co-produced the song “Wunderkind” recorded by Alanis Morissette, which appeared on the soundtrack to the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Song. He also produced the song “I Remain” written by Morissette for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soundtrack.

In addition to being one of the industry’s most desired talents and widely recognized as a premiere producer and songwriter, Mike Elizondo is a record label executive, working at Warner Brothers Records as Senior Vice President of A&R and Staff Producer.

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