UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING RENEWS DEAL WITH PAUL WELLER
LONDON, 4 February 2014 – Universal Music Publishing has announced the renewal of its long standing worldwide music publishing agreement with Paul Weller. The agreement covers his work as part of The Jam and The Style Council, as well as his extensive solo material and future output.
Paul Weller formed seminal punk band The Jam in 1976, releasing six studio albums, four of which went Top 10. They scored four UK No. 1 singles – ‘Going Underground’, ‘Start!’, ‘Town Called Malice’ and ‘Beat Surrender’. In 1983, after disbanding The Jam, Paul Weller went on to form The Style Council, releasing six studio albums including the No. 1 LP ‘Our Favourite Shop’.
Since 1991 Paul Weller has forged a hugely successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, all of which have charted in the UK Top 10, four reaching the top spot – including his most recent outing ‘Sonik Kicks’. He continues to push musical boundaries and explore new directions – a fact reflected in his 2009 Brit Award win for ‘Best Male Solo Artist’ and 2010 Mercury nomination for ‘Wake Up The Nation’.
Paul Connolly, President of Europe and UK, Universal Music Publishing said, “To continue to represent such a distinguished and influential songwriter as Paul Weller is both an honour and a delight. It takes an extraordinary talent to consistently produce such exceptional songwriting over the course of a career spanning almost 40 years, but that’s exactly what Paul continues to do – and we’re as excited as ever to hear what he will deliver next.”
Paul Weller added, “I’m happy to be renewing my publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing. It’s a great team and a great home for me.”