Universal Music Publishing Group signs Billie Eilish to global co-publishing deal

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, today announced the signing of global pop phenomenon Billie Eilish to an exclusive co-publishing deal. 16-year-old singer-songwriter Eilish (Darkroom/Interscope Records) has become one of music’s fastest-rising superstars. Her debut EP “dont smile at me” was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and has surpassed 2.5 billion streams worldwide.


Universal Music Publishing Group promotes Simon Baker to General Manager, European Operations

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, today announced that Simon Baker has been promoted to General Manager, European Operations, effective immediately. Based in London, Baker will continue reporting to UMPG Chief Operating Officer Marc Cimino.

In his new position, Baker will continue to provide support on financial and business matters to UMPG’s European team of Managing Directors, including UK MD Mike McCormack. In addition, Baker will work closely with the company’s leadership in Santa Monica. He previously served as SVP, Finance and Operations for Europe, and joined UMPG in 2001.


UMPG signs You Me At Six to global publishing deal

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global publishing company, today announced that U.K. rock band You Me At Six (YMAS) has been signed to a global publishing deal starting with the band’s newest album, VI, and continuing through all future works. Self-described as “a band that straddles styles” by singer Josh Franceschi, YMAS released VI just weeks ago racking up over 10 million streams. A creative departure from their previous albums, the record travels effortlessly between sounds and moods, from defiant rock to joyous, uplifting pop.

Music Business Worldwide A&R Awards 2018

In association with Abbey Road Studios, the A&R Awards will return to London in November 2018. UMPG have been nominated for a total of 6 awards within various Music categories.


Music Week Sync Awards 2018 nominations

Finalists have been announced for the Music Week Sync Awards, which returns for its fifth year this October, UMPG have been nominated for twenty awards in a variety of categories.  


David Kokakis elevated to Chief Counsel of Universal Music Publishing Group 

Universal Music Publishing Group today announced David Kokakis has been elevated to the newly-created role of Chief Counsel where he will continue leading UMPG’s Business and Legal Affairs team and the company’s digital rights management. He will remain based in UMPG’s global headquarters in Santa Monica and report to Marc Cimino, Chief Operating Officer of UMPG.  

In his new role, Kokakis will also work closely with labels at parent company Universal Music Group (UMG) to maximize synergies between, and digital revenues for, publishing and recorded music assets. As part of this position, he will additionally report to Jeff Harleston, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group worldwide. 


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Fans can take a chance on the musical sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” which is out 20th July. The film soundtrack includes some of ABBA's most iconic songs performed by the cast including newest member Cher.

Shane MacGowan and Steve Mac presented with Ivor Novello Awards

The 63rd Ivor Novello Awards honoured UMPG writers Shane MacGowan and Steve Mac. Shane MacGowan was presented with The Ivors Inspiration Award – in recognition of the power of his songwriting to inspire the creative talents of others. Steve Mac won the award for PRS For Music Most Performed Work, for co-writing Ed Sheeran's ‘Shape Of You'.