LONDON, 4 February 2014 – Universal Music Publishing has renewed its worldwide publishing deal with Ivor Novello and Grammy award winning songwriter and producer Steve Booker.  The deal covers his future output and previous work, including the international hit singles ‘Love Me Again’ (John Newman) and ‘Mercy’ (Duffy).

Steve Booker’s songs have sold over 30 million records to date, and he has written and produced for artists including John Newman, Rebecca Ferguson, Lisa-Marie Presley and many more.

His most recent success has been co-writing six songs on John Newman’s debut album ‘Tribute’, which shot straight to the top of the UK album charts on release in October 2013. His co-writes and productions include the album’s lead single – the international hit ‘Love Me Again’ – which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, going Platinum in the UK and Gold in the US – as well as picking up a nomination for Best Single at the 2014 Brit Awards.

Steve Booker also co-wrote and produced four songs on Duffy’s debut album ‘Rockferry’, including the worldwide smash hit single ‘Mercy’ – which topped the UK singles chart for 5 weeks, charted at No. 1 in multiple territories, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.  The single won an Ivor Novello Award in 2009 for Most Performed Work, as well as receiving both Grammy and Brit nominations.

Steve Booker said, “It’s great to continue my relationship with my UMP family and to enjoy the creative freedom that it brings to keep the hits coming.”

Paul Connolly, President of Europe and UK, Universal Music Publishing said, “Steve Booker is an outstanding songwriter who has achieved tremendous critical and commercial success working with artists such as Duffy and John Newman. We are delighted that Universal Music Publishing is set to continue our relationship with Steve and represent his outstanding body of work.”

Caroline Elleray, Head of A&R, Universal Music Publishing UK said, “Steve has always been a hugely talented and yet heartwarmingly modest writer. We all believe that he’s entering into his most creative and prolific time so far in 2014 and are absolutely delighted to continue to represent such an internationally respected songwriter.”