UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP SIGNS JULIA MICHAELS TO EXCLUSIVE, GLOBAL PUBLISHING AGREEMENT
LOS ANGELES, February 25, 2021 – Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading, global music publisher, today announced that Grammy Award-nominated artist and songwriter Julia Michaels has been signed to an exclusive, global publishing agreement.
One of the best-known songwriters in music today, Michaels has written for some of music’s biggest artists across genres including Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Janelle Monáe, Fifth Harmony, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Dua Lipa, The Chicks, Britney Spears, Keith Urban, Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes, Zedd and P!NK, among others.
To date, Michaels has co-written 25 titles that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 including two No. 1 hits: Bieber’s “Sorry” (8x Platinum) and Gomez’s “Lose You to Love Me.” 14 of her songs have charted in the top 40, including her debut single “Issues.” She co-created Multiplatinum and Platinum songs like Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself,” Gomez’s “Hands to Myself” and “Bad Liar” and Nick Jonas’ “Close.”
Michaels said: “I’m so excited to join UMPG’s family of artists and songwriters! I know with Jody Gerson, David Gray, Lillia Parsa and the UMPG family, I’m going to have a solid foundation and a wonderful, supportive and hardworking team. I can’t wait to keep making music that I love and to do it in my new home.”
Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG, said: “Julia has an immense gift for songwriting I’ve admired her as a songwriter and an artist, and loved her songs since the beginning of her career. I am so proud that she is now a UMPG songwriter and look forward to working with her manager, Beka Tischker, and my global teams to help make all of Julia’s artistic dreams a reality!”
After signing as a solo artist signed to Republic Records, Michaels released her 5x Platinum-selling debut single “Issues,” followed by three critically acclaimed EPs: ‘Nervous System,’ ‘Inner Monologue Part 1’ and ‘Inner Monologue Part 2.’ She has received two Grammy Award nominations for Song of the Year and one for Best New Artist. In September 2020, Michaels released “Lie Like This,” the lead single from her forthcoming debut studio album.
David Gray, Co-Head of A&R at UMPG, added: “Julia Michaels is a once in a generation songwriter and artist. At UMPG, we have been following her career since the beginning and are thrilled to now have the opportunity to work with Julia closely for her next chapter.”