UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING SIGNS FIVE NEW DEALS
LONDON, 5 June, 2003 – Universal Music Publishing has signed five high-profile deals with artists Big Brovaz, The Flaming Lips, Butterfly, The Clash and Junior Senior.
Paul Connolly, Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing UK, commented, “It is a real joy to be working with such great talent. The Flaming Lips are a truly original and inspirational band, Butterfly is a fantastic new artist with great songs and we are obviously more than pleased to continue our relationship with The Clash, one of the most influential acts of all time.
“Our commitment to working with the very best in new music and building our catalogue will continue unabated.”
Big Brovaz (Sony Records), the South London rap collective, have signed with Universal Music Publishing via Shalit Global Music for the world. Their debut album Nu Flow has been Top 10 in the UK and is destined to turn platinum, whilst their same-titled debut single went Top 10 in more than 15 countries.
Manager / Publisher Jonathan Shalit said, “Universal were first on the project and while other people were interested, Paul offered the most intelligent deal, demonstrated a willingness to go the extra mile and wouldn’t take no for an answer.”
The Flaming Lips (Warner Brothers) have signed a new futures deal with Universal for the world ex-North America. One of the most innovative bands of modern times, their last two albums The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots have consistently appeared in critics’ end of year Top 10’s.
The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne said, “Like a giant spaceship, we [The Flaming Lips] are once again encouraged to explore new and unknown artistic dimensions. We thank Paul Connolly for his goodwill, for it has made us more determined and self-assured.”
The Australian singer-songwriter Butterfly Boucher is a priority artist for Interscope Records, and is managed by Peter Leak at Nettwerk Mgmt in the U.S. She is currently based in Nashville and will release her debut album later in 2003.
Since their 1999 signing with Universal Music Publishing, The Clash have won the 2001 Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and have been inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. Commenting on the band renewing their catalogue deal, Tricia Simonen of the band’s management said, “I am very pleased to continue our relationship with Universal which has proved so fruitful for us both.”
Internationally, Universal Music Publishing Sweden have signed an agreement with Danish duo Junior Senior. The single Move Your Feet has been a huge success in the UK, peaking at No.3, clocking up sales of more than 350,000 copies, in addition to going Top 10 across Europe.