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President’s Message
elcome to Universal Music Publishing Group's first
newsletter. It is our desire to provide you with a
colorful and easy to read information piece that tells
the story of our newly formed global publishing operation
and highlights some of the main strengths of our company
including -- our people, our talent, our catalog and our
administrative systems.
We have assembled a global staff operating in 43 offices
in 36 territories that is amongst the finest in our business.
Whether it is in the area of helping to
negotiate international M.O.U.s that set
the pace of industry agreements, or the
strength of our Film and TV Department,
or the far reach and success of our creative staff, Universal Music Publishing
Group is now perceived as a global
leader.
Regarding our talent, we are fortunate
to have in our "family" some of the biggest
selling artists in the industry, as well as
some of the most important local talent
including: Brian McKnight, Shania Twain,
U2, The Corrs, No Doubt, 3 Doors Down,
Godsmack, Ice Cube, Chemical Brothers,
Fatboy Slim, Alanis Morissette, and
Vengaboys. Our songwriters are achieving amazing success as we've recently been named the No.
1 Country Singles publisher in Billboard with back to back
No. 1 hits for Faith Hill, George Strait, and Lee Ann
Womack. UMPG writers continue to have songs on major
selling albums including new releases by Whitney Houston,
Sisqo, Ricky Martin, and Christina Aguilera. We also lead in
such exciting areas as Latin Music, as we are ASCAP's Latin
Publisher's of the Year (with Latin Writer of the Year, Rudy
Perez) for the second year in a row!
At the backbone of our publishing company is its cata-
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log, and we are fortunate to have a
breadth of repertoire covering
every major genre of music from
every era. Our catalog contains
such prestigious names as works
by Leonard Bernstein, Jerome
Kern, Henry Mancini, Steely Dan,
Lynard Skynard, Jimmy McHugh,
and ABBA amongst others.
As a result of
our close ties and
aggressive marDavid Renzer
keting to all major
film studios and production companies,
Universal Music Publishing Group is currently represented with music in over 60% of
all major soundtracks and over 60 top box
office releases. UMPG Film and TV creative
services staffs around the world also pursue
marketing opportunities through our sister
companies (Universal, UME, UM3,
Universal Studios) as well as make the most
of compilation and re-release opportunities.
Our unique administrative systems also
Brian McKnight
give
us a competitive edge. While allowing
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us to register our songs electronically on a
global basis, our highly efficient 3-Hub system yields faster,
more accurate royalty payments for our songwriters.
Looking to the future, our newly launched New Media
Department continues to put us at the cutting edge of marketing our songwriters and catalog through such areas as
our e-newsletter, our soon to be launched new web site, and
strategic alliances with other e-companies.
All of the above will continue to position Universal as the
world's new global leader! We hope you enjoy the newsletter, find it informative and we welcome your feedback.
David Renzer
Worldwide President
Inside This Issue...
2
UMPG World
Directory
1 0 , 11 U M P G E u r o p e
12
UMPG S.E. Asia
UMPG Australasia
New Media Dept.
4,5,6 UMPG North
America
13
Global Awards
Industry Issues
7
UMPG Latin
America
14
Staff On The Move
15
Photo Gallery
Film, TV &
Advertising
16
Global Administration
3
8,9
President’s
Message
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THE POWER OF PLATINUM
UMPG North America
Signings Generate
Mega-Hit LP’s
BRIAN McKNIGHT
3 DOORS DOWN ACHIEVES
PLATINUM MARK
Band is first to be No. 1 at 4 formats
New UMPG signing 3 Doors Down shot to the No. 1 position of
both Billboard's Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock, Heritage
Rock and Active Rock charts for 3 weeks in a row with their first
single,"Kryptonite." This is the first time a band has been No. 1
in 4 formats. Their debut album, The Better Life
(Republic/Universal), was Certified Platinum 13 weeks after its
release in February. Both singles, “Kryptonite,” and “Loser”
continue to rule rock radio.
UMPG’s Godsmack has had enormous success with
their self-titled, debut LP (Republic/ Universal), which is
nearing triple platinum. Their three consecutive R&R Top
5 rock tracks include: "Whatever" (which broke records
for most consecutive weeks on Billboard Active Rock
chart), "Keep Away," and "Voodoo" (Active Rock Top 5
and Alternative Top 10).
BLOODHOUND
GANG NEARS
3X PLATINUM
WORLDWIDE
D’Angelo
Released on 1/18/00,
D'Angelo's new platinum
selling album, Voodoo
(Virgin), debuted at No. 1
on the Billboard Top 200.
The first single,
"Untitled” (How Does It
Feel), went to No. 2 on
R&R's Urban AC charts
and No. 4 on R&R's
Urban Top 50.
Released in Oct.
1997, Shania Twain's
smash crossover LP,
Come On Over,
became the all time
best-selling country
album, after being
certified by the RIAA
for U.S. sale of 17 million (with estimated
worldwide sales of 26
million). The album
continues to chart in
the U.K., France,
Belgium, and Ireland.
Also Twain recently
won 1999 BMI
Songwriter of the
Year and Canada’s
Juno Awards for Best
Country Female Artist
and Best Songwriter.
SHANIA
GODSMACK
Released in June 1999,
Brian McKnight's LP,
Back At One, has been
a major hit, generating
sales of over 2.1 million
units. His first single,
"Back At One," was an R&B and Pop
chart topper. Nearly a year later, Marc
Wills' country cover of the single, "Back
At One," also went to the top of R&R's
Country Chart.
McKnight’s material continues to be
represented on 5 Billboard charts
including: Hot 100 Singles Chart (“Back
At One”); Top R&B Albums; The
Billboard 200; R&B Hip-Hop Singles
Chart (“6,8,12”); and Top R&B Albums.
As his current single, “6, 8, 12,” still
gets attention, McKnight currently has a
release on the Nutty Professor II: The
Klumps soundtrack. He also recently
produced new music for the ABC
drama series City of Angels, which
stars Blair Underwood.
Released
on
9/28/99,
The
Bloodhound Gang's
smash LP, Hooray
for Boobies (Republic/Geffen), has scanned over 3 million copies worldwide including more
than 950,000 units sold in the U.S. UMPG controls 10.58 songs on the LP, which is also
on the Billboard Top 200. Bloodhound Gang's tour in support of its latest CD, ''Hooray for
Boobies,'' will cover most of the U.S. and Europe during the next four months. The band's
hit single, ''The Bad Touch,'' is in heavy rotation on MTV.
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North America
“SO BYE, BYE,
MISS AMERICAN PIE...”
adonna’s cover of Don McLean's
classic, "American Pie," (100%) saturated charts worldwide and was a
No. 1 single in Germany, the U.K.,
France, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong,
and Chile. UMPG has produced a special reissue of the song’s sheet music
featuring a cover photo of Madonna.
“It’s a perennial best seller,“ says
David Renzer, Worldwide President.
UMPG has launched a campaign to
market more of McLean’s catalog, which
includes the timeless song, “Vincent
New “American Pie” sheet (Starry, Starry Night)”, plus “And I Love
music features Madonna on
Her So” and others.
the cover.
M
NO DOUBT AND GLEN BALLARD
LAUNCH RETURN TO SATURN
Following the raging success of their album, Tragic Kingdom, No
Doubt’s Return To Saturn (Rel. 4/11/00), produced by Glen Ballard,
has gone platinum and landed
Top 20 on the Billboard 200
since it’s release in April. The
first single, “Ex-Girlfriend," went
to No. 1 on R&R’s Alternative
Rock chart and is also
Top 20 in
Australia. The new single, “A Simple Kind of
Life,” reached No. 5 on the Soundscan Top
Albums chart and is on R&R’s Alternative
Top 50 chart.
Left: Ballard, who has had a 22 year association with UMPG, has won five Grammys and
achieved fourteen No. 1 Billboard singles.
Tom Sturges, Executive Vice President of
Creative Affairs of UMPG’s U.S. Operations,
recently announced Universal Music Publishing
Group has signed the following writers to exclusive worldwide publishing deals: Ice Cube,
Common, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, 3
Doors Down, Jason Epperson, Fishbone,
Anastacia, Eric Foster White, Tony Battaglia &
Shaun Fisher, Gerald Levert, Monty Powell, LT
Hutton, Rick Braun, Kandace Love, Ideal, McRen,
and Judy Collins.
JASON EPPERSON
Jason Epperson has signed a
long-term exclusive songwriter
and co-publishing deal with
UMPG. His
latest success
is
Nelly's new
hit
single,"(Hot
S * * T )
Country
Grammar,"
which
he
Nelly
co-wrote.
The single has scanned over
243,000 units and was No. 1 on
Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
Nelly's new LP, Country Grammar
(Fo' Real)(Uptown/Universal), was
released 6/27 and has scanned
over 400,000 units!
A
ICE
CUBE
Ice Cube
was signed
by UMPG
to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal in Feb. His latest LP,
War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace
Disc), debuted at No. 1 on the
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop
Charts and No. 3 on the Billboard
200. It has scanned over 745,000
units to date. Ice Cube’s discography boasts several multi-platinum solo albums: Amerikkka’s
Most Wanted, Death Certificate,
The Predator, Lethal Injection and
War.
Perennial gold selling artist and R&B mainstay
Gerald Levert has signed a long-term, exclusive
songwriter and co-publishing deal with UMPG. His
new single, "Mr. Too Damn Good," reached No. 3
on R&R's Urban AC Top 30, No. 20 on Billboard's
R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart and No. 28 on
Billboard's AC chart. The single is from the LP, G
(East West/Epic), which has scanned over 560,000 units. UMPG will copublish all subsequent musical compositions composed by Levert.
COMMON
Sturken & Rogers
Sturges
GERALD LEVERT
Anastacia’s
new
debut
d a n c e /
pop/album,
Not That Kind
(Epic/Daylight) ,
is due for a big
U.S. release in
Sept. The first single, “I’m Outta Love,”
is Top 20 in 10 foreign countries including No. 5 on the Top European singles
chart. The single has sold over 400,000
units worldwide and and is receiving
heavy airplay on MTV and VH1.
GRAMMYS
(See Pg. 13 for other awards)
S I G N I N G S
ANASTACIA
UMPG CAPTURES 16
fter the 42nd Annual Grammy
Awards in Los Angeles, UMPG
emerged with 16 awards, wrapping up a year of amazing achievements for the company, including
over 100 Grammy nominations.
Christina Aguilera captured the
coveted Best New Artist Grammy,
which reflected the efforts of
UMPG writing team, Carl Sturken
& Evan Rogers, as well as UMPG
writer Travon Potts. Shania
Twain also seized two awards for
Best Female Country Vocal Perf.
and Best Country Song.
N E W
Having scanned over
300,000 units since
March, Common’s first
critically acclaimed
album, Like Water for
Chocolate (MCA) has
been on Billboard’s
Top 200 for over 8 weeks.
TAYLOR
HAWKINS
OF FOO
FIGHTERS
Taylor Hawkins contributed to all songs
on Foo Fighters’
There Is Nothing Left
To Lose, which was released in Nov.
1999 (Roswell/RCA). The album has
spent 28 weeks in the Billboard Top
200 and has already sold in excess of
1.4 million units. Foo Fighter’s current
single, “Learn To Fly,” reached No. 1
on R&R’s Modern Rock charts.
ERIC FOSTER WHITE
UMPG signed Eric Foster White in
February. HIs songs have sold in
excess of 60 million albums, having
produced mega-hit songs for teen sensations Britney Spears, Jessica
Simpson, and The Backstreet Boys
(Jive) amongst others.
North America
NEW RELEASES:
RELEASES
UMPG NASHVILLE
UMPG TOPS
COUNTRY &
AC CHARTS
BON JOVI
Higdon
Bentley and Chamberlain
C e l e b r a t e N o . 1 ’s W i t h
Faith Hill, George Strait
The week of April 13, UMPG celebrated No. 1 positions on six Billboard charts which included Faith Hill's
single, "Breathe," by songwriter Stephanie Bentley
Celebrating success at No. 1:
(UMPG 50%). The single, “Breathe,” went to No. 1 on
Above - Bentley (left) with
both Billboard's AC and Adult Top 40 charts and has
Faith Hill; Below (left to
sold over 725,000 copies. Faith Hill’s LP, Breathe, has
right) - Pat Higdon, Harry
Wariner of BMI, Dean Dillon
been certified for 3 million U.S. sales. “Stephanie is so
(Co-writer with Acuff Rose),
talented and we predict for her a long, successful
Carson Chamberlain, Colton
songwriting career,” said Pat Higdon, Sr. VP/GM of
Chamberlain, Ed Benson of
UMPG Nashville.
CMA and Troy Tomlinson of
Although this is Bentley's first big record, she has
Acuff Rose.
recently enjoyed a
flurry of activity by
such artists as Jo
Dee Messina, Lace
and
Chalee
Tennison.
In April, George
Strait’s song, “The
Best Day,” written by
UMPG Nashville’s
Carson Chamberlain (UMPG 50%) also went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country
Singles chart. The song is featured on Strait’s latest Gold album, Latest Greatest
Straitest Hits (MCA Nashville).
FUELED BY MARK SANDERS’
“I HOPE YOU DANCE,” NEW LEE ANN
WOMACK LP DEBUTS AT NO. 1
Mark Sanders
I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack's
first MCA Nashville album, debuted on
Billboard's Country Album chart at No. 1
after one week of sales. The first single, "I
Hope You Dance, " written by UMPG
writer Mark Sanders (50%), also climbed
to No. 1 on Billboard Country Singles
chart and No. 1 on Radio & Records
Country chart. Sanders has also written an upcoming single by
Martina McBride (RCA) entitled, "There You Are."
Bon Jovi's new LP, Crush (Island), entered
at No. 1 or 2 in more than 8 foreign countries and debuted in the U.S. at No. 9 on
The Billboard 200. The first single, "It's My
Life" (Island/IDJMG), has over 1000 spins
at Top 40 radio and is now on over 90 pop
stations.
Jon Bon Jovi
THE CORRS
US signing, The Corrs, will release their new LP, “In Blue,” in
the U.S. on September 12. In July, the new album debuted to
the top of several album charts in Europe and in Australia.
(See Europe-Page 11).
KELLY PRICE
Kelly Price's first single, "As We Lay," from
her new LP, Mirror Mirror, is already No. 23
on R&R's Urban Top 50. The LP has
scanned 245,000 units since its release in
June.
k.d. lang
k.d. lang's new pop/electronica LP, Invincible Summer,
(Warner Bros.) was released June 22. The first single,
"Summerfling," was released to AC and AAA radio. Lang is
touring with Sting in July prior to her fall solo tour featuring
Shelby Lynne.
UMPG TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Question 1:
UMPG songwriter Lamont Dozier won a Grammy for
this song co-writtten and performed by Phil Collins.
Question 2:
Who had the 1953 hit with the song entitled, "Hound
Dog?"
Question 3:
Gary Wright had two Top 5 hits in 1976. One was
Dreamweaver” and the other was...? (Hint: 3rd Party
had a Top 20 Dance cover in 1997 with this song.)
Question 4:
Lynyrd Skynyrd had chart hits with studio and live
versions of what song?
Question 5:
OTHER TOP 10 COUNTRY SINGLES:
Who sang background on Carly Simon's hit, "You're
So Vain"...Was it James Taylor, Jackson Brown,
Mick Jagger, or Michael McDonald?
Chely Wright's new album, Single White Female (MCA
Nashville) has been RIAA Certified Gold. Her Top 10
country single, "It Was," was written by UMPG writers
Gary Burr and Mark Wright.
For answers see Page 14.
Gary Burr
Latin America
KC PORTER WINS
BMI AWARD
UMPG's KC Porter received an award from BMI for Most
Performed Latin Song at the Seventh Annual BMI Latin
Awards dinner held in Los
Angles in May. The song was
"Perdido Sin Ti."
Frances W. Preston, BMI
President/CEO, and Del R.
Bryant, Sr. VP Performing
Rights and Writer Publisher
Relations, presented the award
to KC Porter, David Renzer,
Worldwide President of UMPG,
Pictured L to R: Ivan Alvarez,
and Ivan Alvarez, Sr. VP. Latin UMPG Sr. VP Latin America,
KC Porter, and David Renzer,
America.
Worldwide President.
This year Porter has also
achieved success with two songs on Santana's multiGrammy winning (11 times platinum) LP, Supernatural.
Porter also wrote 4 songs for Ricky Martin's self-titled
album, which has scanned more than 6.5 million units.
UMPG WINS ASCAP’S
LATIN MUSIC PUBLISHER
OF THE YEAR...AGAIN!
Rudy Perez named Latin Writer
of the Year with 8 winning songs
UMPG's Rudy Perez took home
the Songwriter of the Year honor for
a second consecutive year, and
Universal Music Publishing Group
was named Latin Publisher of the
Year at ASCAP's eighth annual El
Premio awards held in Los Angeles
in May. Perez' winning songs
included: "De Hoy En Adelante,"
"Despues De Ti...Que?," "Una Voz
Renzer (left), and Alvarez (right) En El Alma," "Completamente
Celebrate Perez’ Win
Tuyo," "Engañame," "Escondidos,"
"Me Has Echado Al Olvido," and
"Solo Tu’." Other winners included: Desmond Child’s “Living La Vida Loca"
- Top Pop Balada of 1999, and "Shake Your Bon Bon"; Chein Garcia
Alonso’s "Esperanza"; Gustavo Adolfo’s "Te Ofrezco Un Corazon" - Top
Regional Mexicano Song; (Continued on Page 10)
NEW SIGNINGS
MEXICO
With complete cooperation of the label, Universal Mexico artist
Manuel Mijares struck a long-term, worldwide deal with UMPG
Mexico. Other UMPG Mexico signings include: Regional Mexican
songwriter Gustavo Adolfo; Daniel Celi and Oscar N. Molina,
(writers for the popular regional Mexican act, Los Del Garrote); and
Emmanuelle.
ARGENTINA
Argentine rock icon Pappo has signed with UMPG Argentina.
Pappo is releasing a double-CD tribute album (De La Buena
Estrella) that features an all-star lineup of guest artists including Los
Fabulosos Cadillacs, La Renga, Almafuerte, Los Ratones
Paranoicos, Animal and others. UMPG will control 8 songs on the
CD.
UMPG CAPTURES 23 NOMS
FOR 1ST LARAS GRAMMY AWARDS
The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announced the
nominations for the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards to be held
September 13, 2000. Universal Music Publishing Group was represented by 23 nominations including: Record of the Year "Livin’ La Vida Loca (Spanish Version); Best New Artist for Ivete
Sangalo, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - "Genio
Atrapado" by Christina Aguilera and "Llegar A Ti" by Jaci
Velasquez ; Best Contemporary Pop Album - Vo Imbola by
Ceca Baleiro and Ivete Sangalo - Ivete Sangalo, and others.
MIAMI
UMPG Latin America announced the signing of Luis Enrique to a
long-term publishing deal, which includes his entire back-catalogue.
Having explored more of a pop sound in recent years, Enrique will
this year release his first Salsa set in years on WEA.
BRAZIL NEWS...
This year UMPG Brazil has experienced a total of 50 albums in Rio
De Janeiro and Sao Paulo's Top 100 album charts. The following
releases containing UMPG copyrights have been awarded Gold status (100,000+ units) in Brazil: Shania Twain's Come On Over,
Metallica's Millenium, P.O. Box (EMI) for 200,000+ units; Mauricio
Manieri (Abril Music) for 200,000 + units, Harmonia do Samba
(Abril Music); Cheiro de Amor (Universal); Chiclete Con Banana
(BMG); and Martinho Da Vila. Also, Universal Music Brazil has a
No. 1 hit with the most recent single from Sandy & Junior
(Universal), who have also earned a Diamond Award for sales of
over 1.3 million units.
ALVAREZ PROMOTED TO
SENIOR VP POST
David Renzer, Worldwide President of Universal Music
Publishing Group, recently announced the promotion of
Ivan Alvarez to Senior Vice President, Latin America.
Based in Miami Beach, Florida, Alvarez's responsibilities
will involve overseeing the expanded Universal Music Ivan Alvarez
Publishing Group's Latin American region, which
includes offices in Brazil (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), Mexico, Argentina,
Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador. Alvarez will
also oversee Universal Musica, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group's
U.S. - Latin division.
~UMPG~
Pg. 7
Film, TV, & Advertising
UMPG FILM AND TV DEPARTMENT
PROVIDES CREATIVE SERVICES,
SYNC LICENSING IN 36 COUNTRIES
The Farrelly Brothers new
summer comedy, Me Myself
and Irene, features nine
UMPG songs including
“Breakout,” by Foo Fighters
and classic Steely Dan covers by Smash Mouth, Wilco,
Ivy, Brian Setzer Orchestra,
Ben Folds Five and others.
FOR FILM AND
TV CREATIVE
SERVICES
CONTACT:
IN LOS ANGELES:
Ph. (310) 235-4719
TOM EATON-
Universal Music Publishing Group's Film and TV Department has been very
successful this year having songs on more than half of the U.S. Top 100
soundtracks and copyrights in over 60 top box office releases.
Besides providing creative services and synchronization licensing for
UMPG’s writers and catalogue, UMPG also publishes all film scores for
Universal Pictures. “More than just a licensing department, UMPG's creative
services teams in Los Angeles, London, Australia and around the world,
work diligently to provide opportunities for film and TV placement for not only
classic catalog titles and chart hits, but also for emerging talent,” said Scott
James, Sr. Vice President of Music for Motion Pictures and Television
Worldwide, who oversees the division which has shown record growth.
For example, new British act Apollo Four Forty's (Sony/Epic) single,
"Stop The Rock," was recently pitched to top music
supervisors by our Los Angeles team for specific scenes
in the films Boys and Girls (Miramax) and Gone in 60
Seconds (Disney). The song had not yet been released.
Yet as a result of our pitches, in Boys and Girls, an entire
club dance sequence was choreographed to the song.
Also, “Stop The Rock” is being used in film trailers and
the soundtrack album. In Gone in
60 Seconds, "Stop the Rock" is
on the soundtrack album and in
Scott
trailers for the film as well.
James
Universal Music Publishing
Group has dedicated people in every territory around
pursuing Film, Television, New Media and Advertising
opportunities. The following page features a sampling
of our recent worldwide activity.
Photos:
(above center)
Walt Disney’s
Gone In 60
Seconds; (left)
Apollo 440’s
new release,
“Gettin’ High
On Your Own
Supply.”
[email protected], or
MARISA [email protected]
IN LONDON:
UMPG CLOSES DEAL WITH BIG BROTHER
[email protected]
Amsterdam -- Kees Van der Hoeven, Managing Director for UMPG Holland and European Head of A&R,
recently closed a deal to control 50% of the music for the hugely successful U. S. and German TV show
Big Brother, the daily show which follows the lives of 10 people living in a house for 100 days. The main
TV theme in Germany, "LEB," by 3.Generation (RCA), was released on April 10 and went straight to No.
1. Van der Hoeven, is confident that this cultural phenomenon will be just as successful in other European
territories. A British version of Big Brother is scheduled to launch on Channel 4 in the summer.
IN AUSTRALIA:
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE
Ph. (011) 44 20 8752 2600
BARBARA [email protected], or
LAURENCE KAYE-
Ph. (61 2) 9207 0500
DENISE [email protected]
FOR CONTACTS IN
OTHER TERRITORIES
SEE THE UMPG
DIRECTORY ON PAGE 2.
~UMPG~
Pg. 8
London -- UMPG recently solidified a world-wide deal with Celador
Productions to administrate the music composed for TV series, “Who Wants
To Be A Millionaire," which is the No.1 TV show in the U.K., the U.S. and many
other countries. The show has been sold to over 70 countries around the
world. Celador has formed their own record label, with product to be manufactured and distributed by Universal Music. The first release will be a CD of
songs featuring the show's main theme, and a dance version of the theme.
ELTON JOHN, BON JOVI THEMES FOR JAPANESE TV
Japan -- "Good Bye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John will be the new theme song of a new Fuji TV series
entitled, "Taiyo Wa Shizumanai," starring Japanese heart-throb Hideaki Takizawa...Bon Jovi's "Thank You
For Loving Me," from his new album,Crush (See Page 6), will be the theme song of a new prime-time
drama on TV Asahi entitled, "Paradise Thirty."
Film, TV, & Advertising
ADVERTISING
NEW GAP ADS MAKE LEONARD
BERNSTEIN “COOL” AGAIN
U.S., Europe and Japan:
Inspired by the energy and passion of the score and choreography from "West Side Story," Gap's
hot Spring global ad campaign
introduced today's mass audiences to the musical genius of
composer Leonard Bernstein. The
television spots feature three of
Bernstein's most famous works:
"America," "Cool," and "Mambo
(Dance At The Gym)." In July
“West Side Story” also became
the first musical to be produced by
La Scala in Milan. In December
1953, Leonard Bernstein became
the first American to conduct at La Scala.
Korea: Aqua's international chart hit,
"Cartoon Heroes," was licensed in Korea to
Xerox for a commercial campaign. Their
second single, "Around The
World," was used by E-Shop
for a TV commercial.
Hong Kong: Fatboy Slim's
single,
"Right Here Right
Now" was licensed to Tiger
Beer in Vietnam for a one-year
commercial campaign.
Australia / New Zealand:
"Love Is All Around" (Presley)
will be used for a three-year
Australian/New Zealand campaign for a household product.
"In the Neighborhood" by local
writers Hanson, Roegbu, and Makamueafi
will be used for a 12-month campaign in
New Zealand for a communicaFatboy Slim
Other Territories: "The Dude" by
tions company.
Régis Ducatillon, has been used
for the synchronization (Ex-USA, Canada
and Japan) of Pepsi TC’s the worldwide cinema and web campaign.
UMPG SONGS ARE CURRENTLY
FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING
FILMS, TV SHOWS &
ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS:
MAJOR MOTION PICTURES:
Scary Movie, (Miramax), Me, Myself &
Irene (Twentieth Century Fox), Road
Trip (DreamWorks), Gone In 60
Seconds (Disney), The Crow:
Salvation Dimension/ Miramax),Titan
AE (Fox), American Psycho (Lions
Gate), Erin Brockovich (Universal),
Mission To Mars (Walt Disney), Where
The Heart Is (20th Century Fox), Snow
Day (Paramount), The Next Best Thing
(Paramount),and Price Of Glory (New
Line).
Universal Music Publishing
Group’s Film and TV Dept.
produces promotional CD
compilations of current and
upcoming singles that are
serviced to key film and television supervisors.
ADVERTISING:
Nissan Maxima, Emporio Armani (Fragrance), Black and
Decker, GM Credit Card, Acura, The Gap, Scope, Coors Light,
Saturn, Oldsmobile, Direct Bank, AT&T, Levi's, Pepsi, and
more.
TELEVISION:
Roswell, Friends, 2gether, The Sopranos, Providence, Jack
and Jill, Angel, and Wall to Wall Records.
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UMPG EUROPE
THRIVES
THROUGH SURGE
OF NEW LOCAL
COPYRIGHTS
The axis of UMPG's powerful European
Connolly
region lies in London where Paul Connolly,
Managing Director and Executive VP of Continental Europe,
oversees the activities of a 34 member U.K. staff and territory
offices in fourteen countries spanning both Western and
Eastern Europe.
The success rate of UMPG's local repertoire is very high in
this competitive region, which is a musical center for talent that
frequently crosses over to other parts of the world. Having
implemented a cohesive European creative strategy, UMPG
has arisen post merger as an aggressive, successful force in
the industry with a powerhouse of new local copyrights in the
U.K., France, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Italy
and Germany.
With an entrepreneurial vision and effective synergy with the
Universal labels, UMPG Europe is blossoming in efforts to
exploit a rich back catalogue and identify worldwide film, television, advertising and multi-media synchronization opportunities.
UMPG SIGNS...
THE
CLASH
UMPG's U.K. office this year struck a deal to represent the catalogue of definitive British punk rockers,
The Clash. The U.K. company now represents such
classic and musically great tracks such as "Rock The
Casbah," "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," "London
Calling," and "I Fought the Law." The Clash's "Rock
The Casbah" was a hit cover last year by Will Smith,
which underlines the potential value of the catalogue.
U.K. TOPS SINGLES & ALBUM CHARTS
MPG’s U.K. territory has attained much success the year
2000, controlling 23 of the Top 100 selling U.K. singles and
songs on 35 of the Top 50 selling albums including: Shania
Twain's Come On Over, Westlife's Westlife, Stereophonics'
Performance and Cocktails, Five's Invincible and 11 compilation albums.
All Saints’ No. 1 hit single, "Pure Shores" (from the soundtrack to the movie, The Beach) has been the biggest hit of
the year with sales of more than 650,000 units. The song has
been Top 10 in France, Italy, Holland, Australia and Canada,
as well as Top 20 in Germany, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands,
All Saints
Norway, and Switzerland. All Saints debut album has sold
over 6 million units worldwide. Other top U.K. singles have included Madonna’s cover of
Don McLean's "American Pie," Artful Dodger's hit, "Movin' Too Fast," Eiffel 65's "Move Your
Body," and DJ Luck/MC Neat's "A Little Bit Of Luck." UMPG's platinum albums have included: Chemical Brothers' Surrender (double platinum), Fatboy Slim's You've Come a Long
Way Baby (triple platinum), and the Stereophonics' Word Gets Around (double platinum).
As a high profile company with an impressive talent roster and nearly 88,000 local
copyrights, UMPG U.K.'s top local signings include Air, All Saints, Basement Jaxx,
Beautiful South, Bjork, Boyzone, Chemical Brothers, Cranberries, DJ Shadow,
Fatboy Slim, Lighthouse Family, Massive Attack, Metallica, Pulp, Roni Size, S Club
7, Stereophonics, Steve Mac, Suede, Westlife, and Wayne Hector.
U
The Chemical Brothers
Western and Eastern Europe
UMPG SIGNS TOP TALENT THAT CROSSES BORDERS
SWEDEN/SCANDINAVIA
Blowing away the competition by
signing the right local artists and
writers, UMPG Sweden is No. 1 in
terms of local repertoire with a substantial Swedish language catalogue of 68,000 Scandinavian copyrights and a local roster which
includes Aqua, The Cardigans,
Meja and the songs of ABBA. Led
by Martin Ingestrom, Managing
Director of UMPG Sweden, this territory's success on the singles and
album charts has been phenomenal
this year.
A*TEENS: Stockholm Records
act, A*Teens, the ABBA cover band,
debuted on Sweden's album chart
at No. 1 with their tribute LP, The
ABBA Generation, which has sold
1.7 million copies worldwide. (The
A*Teens
first single, "Dancing Queen" gained
momentum in May with play on Box Breaker and MTV for the U.S. 5/23 LP
release.) Conversely, the original ABBA's Gold LP, sold nearly 4 million units
during 1999. The A* Teens are also touring the U.S. in July with Britney Spears.
BRITNEY SPEARS: Also, through writers Shania Twain and Alexander
Kronlund, the company has an interest in 3 tracks on teen sensation Britney
SPANISH FLY
Madrid -- In April, UMPG Spain had controlling interest in 25 of the
top 50 albums. Five local artists were recently Top 50 on the
Spanish Album Chart: Hot Gibraltar rock band, Melon Diesel,
whose platinum, debut LP, La Cuesta de Mr. Bond (Sony), peaked
at No. 8; Maria Dolores Predera, whose album, As de Corazones
(BMG), went platinum; Miguel Bose, whose Lo Mejor de Bose
(Warner Brothers) went to No. 1 in Spain and Latin America;
Remedios Amaya, whose LP, Gitana Soy (EMI), peaked at No. 31;
and Pastora Soler, whose LP, Fuente de Luna (EMI Records), is
platinum.
Recently, local signing Los Suaves climbed Spain's album
charts to No. 8 with the LP, Vispera De Todos Los Santos
(Universal). This is the best position this veteran band has ever had
in the albums chart. The label predicts the album is bound for Gold
status. Strong local new entries on the singles chart come from
Monica Naranjo's single, "Minage" (Sony), which went to No. 1 and
Nana Pastori's "Canailla," (BMG) which peaked at No. 2.
ECHO AWARDS
André Rieu
Hamburg --The prestigious Herman Music
Awards, known as the Echo Awards, was a
great success for UMPG Germany. UMPG's
Sabrina Setlur (3-P/Epic) received her 3rd
Echo, making her the most successful
German female artist in the history of the
event. Also, Xavier Naidoo (3-P/ Epic) won
the Most Successful German Male Artist Echo
for the 2nd year in a row. Classical hero
André Rieu won the Crossover Echo. Also,
Bloodhound Gang received the Echo for
International Newcomer of the year.
Spears' new album, Oops! I Did It Again, which sold 1.43 million copies its first
week of release in the U.S.! The songs are: "Lucky" (Alexander Kronlund),
"Don't Go Knocking On My Door" (Alexander Kronlund), and "Don't Let Me Be
The Last To Know" (Shania Twain). Kronlund also has a co-write on N'Sync's
new album.
OTHER NEWS: Recently, 5 new local signings were Top 20 on Sweden's
album chart including: Hardcore Superstar (No. 7), Markoolio (No. 11), Blues
(No. 12), Cue (No. 16), and Thomas Rusiak (No. 18).
THE NETHERLANDS
UMPG Beats Rivals to Ink Deal
With Vengaboys
UMPG's territory of The Netherlands has signed an
exciting new deal with Violent Music which includes
international hits from Alice Deejay and Vengaboys.
Vengaboys' latest album release, The Platinum
Album, is now Gold in 12 territories, including the UK, Germany and Australia.
In April, the dance-pop troupe won Holland's Edison Award for Best Single for
the track, "Going to Ibiza." Lava/Atlantic is releasing the Vengaboys LP in the
U.S. in September.
Run by Kees Van der Hoeven, Managing Director and European Head of
A&R, the Dutch company is No. 1 in local repertoire with a catalogue encompassing nearly 20,000 copyrights. The prestigious roster includes violinist/conductor André Rieu, platinum band Bløf, and hugely successful writer and producer, John Ewbank, who has enjoyed a run of hits (and 1.5 million in album
sales) with Dutch mega-star Marco Borsato.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Paris -- UMPG France has announced the soundtrack from the upcoming musical production of Romeo & Juliet entered the French album
chart at No. 5. At the same time, the first single, "Aimer," was Top 5 on
the French Singles charts.
Santi Casariego, managing director of UMPG France, signed a
worldwide, co-publishing deal with TV Channel 1 (TF1) in May 1999 to
control songs from the musical, which are written and composed by
Gerard Presgurvic. One hundred thousand tickets have been pre-sold
for the show, which will open at the Palais des Congres, beginning
January 2001.
NEW CORRS LP
DEBUTS AT NO. 1
U.S. signing, The Corrs,
released their new
album, “In Blue,” in
Europe in July. The LP
has received rave
reviews (including Album
of the Week in Music
Week) and top chart
positions in Australia,
Germany, Ireland and the
UK. The first single,
"Breathless," entered the
UK singles chart at #1
and is Top 10 in Ireland,
Italy, Spain and Sweden.
~UMPG~
Pg. 11
S. E. Asia / Australasia
UMPG LAUNCHES NEW MEDIA
DEPARTMENT, e-NEWSLETTER
UMPG
AUSTRALIA
WINS MAJOR
APRA AWARDS
Sydney -- At the Australasian
Performing Rights Association
(APRA) Music Awards held in Australian band Powderfinger won
Sydney, Australia, UMPG won two the APRA 1999 Song of the Year for
major awards. The prestigious “Passenger.”
award for 1999 Song of the Year went to UMPG's Powderfinger for the
song, "Passenger." Peter Hebbes, managing director of UMPG Australia,
accepted the awards with members of Powderfinger in front of 750
Australian music industry members. Shania Twain also won the award
for Most Performed Work for her international hit, "That Don't Impress Me
Much." Twain won the same award last year for "Still The One."
NEW SIGNINGS
Sydney -- UMPG Australia has announced the signing of Indian pop duo,
Phil & Jerry (Jambo Music), who sold over 1.5 million units of their last
LP.
MADISON AVENUE DEBUTS AT NO. 1
in U.K., WINS BEST NEW ARTIST AT
INAUGURAL DANCE AWARDS
Melbourne-based band Madison Avenue (signed to UMPg for the world)
debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. Charts in May with their single, “Don’t Call
Me Baby,” which has sold over 200,000 units in Australia. Their second
single, “Who The Hell Are You,” has since debuted at No. 1 in Australia
and is nearing platinum status. In July, Madison Avenue also took Single
Of The Year for "Don't Call Me Baby" and Best New Artist at Australia’s
Dance Awards.
NEW HONG
KONG
SIGNINGS
Douglas
Chan,
UMPG regional director of S.E. Asia, has
announced the following
exclusive
Douglas Chan writer deals: Local
producer/arranger
Joseph Ip, Cecilia
Cheung,
Daniel
Chan, and Paul
Wong. Rock-soloist
Wong (Universal)
recently debuted at
No. 1 on the RTHK
charts after five
Paul Wong
weeks of airplay.
~UMPG~
Pg. 12
Other UMPG News:
SECRET AGENT
MAN HITS
JAPANESE TV
A remake of P.F. Sloan and Steve
Barri's "Secret Agent Man" is the new
theme song of "Heisei Meoto
Chawan," a new drama series on
Nippon TV, which hit the Japanese
airwaves earlier this year. Covering
the song is the group, Secret Agent, a
newly formed unit by the members of
the popular Japanese band, Johnny's
Jr. The song was released as a single
in March.
UMPG has launched a New Media Department to
implement the company's internet strategies for
online licensing and the marketing of the talent roster
and catalogue.
David Renzer announced, "As a first for the music
publishing industry, Universal Music Publishing
Group's New Media Department offers our writers,
artists and catalogue new and exciting promotional
opportunities."
As one of the first initiatives, UMPG has begun
a monthly music industry e-News bulletin, which is
being e-mailed to thousands of music industry executives, artists, songwriters, media and UMPG offices
around the world. The online bulletin is available for
free to industry members and can be subscribed to
by e-mailing a request to:
[email protected]
Based in Los Angeles, the staff
includes Rebekah Alperin, Director of
Communications and Marketing, who
joined UMPG in February
from Ktel International’s
online
division
and
George Rivera, who was
Alperin
recently promoted to
Director of Technology (see Staff
Announcements).
Rivera
ASCAP LATIN AWARDS -Continued From Page 7
Luis M. Dueñas' "Dos Gotas De Agua" - Top
Regional Mexican Song; Mauricio Arcas' "Ponerte
En Cuatro" - Mejor cancion pop rock; Al Primera’s
"Casas De Carton;" "Entre La Espada Y La Pared"
by Joaquin Galan, Francisco Galan and Lucia
Galan; L. de La Colina’s "Me Quede Con Las
Ganas;" Humberto Estrada’s "Sin Verte;" and
Roberto Morales' “Tiembla Mi Piel."
David Renzer, UMPG Worldwide President stated, "I am very proud of the outstanding results of our
Latin Division including the recent award of UMPG as
ASCAP'S Latin Music Publisher of the Year for the
second year in a row.”
UMPG PLACES SECOND IN
EUROVISION CONTEST
Stockholm -- At the 45th annual Eurovision Song
Contest held in Stockholm in May, UMPG writer
Brandon Barnes took second place with his song,
"Solo."
Universal Music Russia teen artist Alsou performed the song live and brought the Globe Arena
audience to its feet. The contest was broadcast in
front of a European and Japanese TV audience of an
estimated 100 million-plus audience.
Industry Issues
International Awards
AUSTRALIA
U.K.
APRA Awards:
Brits 2000:
Powderfinger (Song of the Year)
for "Passenger"
Shania Twain (Most Performed Work)
for "That Don't Impress Me Much"
S Club 7 (Best Newcomer)
Chemical Brothers (Best Dance Act)
Robbie Williams (Best Single and Video) for
"She's The One"
Notting Hill (Best Soundtrack)
BRAZIL
IFPI Platinum Awards:
Carnaval Do Brazil:
Boyzone, By Request (3 million units)
The Corrs, Talk On Corners (5 million units)
Elton John, Love Songs (5 million units)
U2, The Best of 1980-1990 (5 million units)
"Cabelo Raspadinho"
(Dodo & Osmar Trophy)
CANADA
Juno Awards:
MTV Europe Awards:
Boyzone (Best UK/Eire Ac & Best Album)
Fatboy Slim (Best Dance Act)
Alanis Morissette (Best Album)
for Supposed Infatuation Junkie
Shania Twain for songs: "Man! I Feel Like I
Woman," "You've Got a Way," and
"That Don't Impress Me Much"
Shania Twain (Best Country Female)
Alanis Morissette (Best Video) "So Pure"
Chemical Brothers (Best Album)
Basement Jaxx (Best New Artist)
Stereophonics (Best Live Act)
FRANCE
Grammy Awards:
French Music Awards:
Santana
(Album of the Year) Supernatural
UMPG songs: "El Farol" and "Primivera"
written by K. C. Porter, "Wishing it Was"
by King/Simpson/Mark
(Best Pop Instrumental Performance)
for K.C. Porter's "El Farol"
Q Magazine Awards:
U.S.
UMPG was represented by winners of the
following awards: (Best Male Artist),
(Best OST), (Best Pop/Rock LP),
(Best Newcomer), (Best Band),
(Best Rap LP), (Best Concert)
GERMANY:
Echo Awards:
Sabrina Setlur
(Most Successful German Female Artist)
Xavier Naidoo
(Most Successful German Male Artist)
Andre Rieu (Crossover Echo)
Bloodhound Gang
(International Newcomer of the Year)
German Dance Awards:
Mellow Trax (Best Local Act)
Basement Jaxx (Best Dance Album)
for Remedy (Int)
HOLLAND
Edison Awards:
Paul de Leeuw (Best Local Male)
for his LP, Stille Liedjes
Bløf (Best Local Group)
Shania Twain (International Female) for
her LP, Come On Over
Live (International Group)
for their LP, The Distance To Here Basement
Jaxx (Intl. Dance)
for their LP, Remedy
Vengaboys (Best Single)
"Going To Ibiza"
HONG KONG
Jacky Cheung
(1999 HK Best Selling
Album of the Year) for Someone
Keith Chan (1999 RTHK Best Composition
of the Year) for "Weather Will Change"
Metallica (Best Hard Rock Performance
for "Whiskey in the Jar," written by
Lynott/Bell/Downey
Whitney Houston (Best Female R&B Vocal)
"It's Not Right, But It's Okay,"
written by Toni Estes
TLC (Best R&B Album)
UMPG song: "I'm Good At Being Bad,"
written by multiple writers
Shania Twain (Best Female Country Vocal)
for "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," and
(Best Country Song) "Come On Over,"
Others: (Best Country Album), (Best Male
Country Perf.), (Best Contemporary Jazz
Perf.), (Best Jazz Vocal Perf.), (Best Jazz
Perf.) (Best Trad. Blues Album), (Best Trad.
R&B Perf.) (Best Record Packaging), and
(Best Engineered Album), & (Non-Classical).
Latin Grammy (LARAS Award
Nominations
See Pg. 7
Soul Train Awards:
Mary J. Blige (Best Female R&B Album)
& (Ent. of Year Award)
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul:
"All Night Long" (Todd Gaither),
"Angel of Mine" (Travon Potts)
"Red Alert" (Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe)
"Satisfy You" (Kelly Price)
SOUTH AFRICA
SAMA Awards:
Jimmy Dludle
(Best Jazz Album) & (Best S.A. Male Artist)
Q&A with
Crispin Evans
Crispin Evans is Universal Music Publishing Group’s
Senior V.P. of International Legal and Business
Affairs.
Crispin Evans
Question I: Crispin, you were instrumental in the negotiations that led to the Cannes Accord. Can you give
us an update as to what this achieved and what you
see as the future for this agreement?
Answer: The Cannes Agreement has, in my view,
achieved a number of positive results. Not only have
European copyright societies brought down the levels of
their commissions, but this has been done without any
deterioration of services. The societies now operate in a
more transparent manner in a number of different regards
and the levels of administration have improved. I do not
wish to paint a completely rosy picture however. There are
still a number of significant problems and we have a lot of
work to do to overcome these. Our objective is not antisociety but is better descrived as trying to achieve transparent cost benefits for ourselves and the writers that we
represent. So far as the future is concerned, the agreement currently has about a year to go and we have already
commenced discussions about a continuation which will
incorporate a number of additional issues.
Question II: Can you give us an update on the BIEM/
IFPI negotiations?
Answer: The current BIEM/IFPI agreement is scheduled
to terminate at the end of June this year. Both organizations have been in discussions concerning the future but
it is too early to say how these will turn out. However, I
know that a number of important issues have been aired.
Question III: What is the progress of the IMJV?
Answer: IMJV is a very significant process for all publishers and the writers that they represent. This partnership
of ASCAP, MCPS/PRS and BUMA/STEMRA will provide
a back office administrative function which can be shared
between the societies without any reduction of rights
ownership of representation by the societies themselves.
If the business of exercising copyright on a national basis
were to begin today from a blank sheet of paper, it would
use this type of shared administrative system which is not
dissimilar in vision to systems belonging to credit card
companies, airlines, etc. The potential for cost-saving is
great and, of course, any benefit will be seen as additional income for rights owners. At present the system is still
being designed by the Partnership and it is hoped that
they will move towards the build phase quite soon.
Question IV: What steps are being taken by Universal
Music Publishing Group to combat piracy on the
internet?
Answer: Our activities in this area are usually confined to
support of the copyright societies and their efforts on our
behalf. Of course when we find unauthorised users or
sites we attempt to have them stopped or taken down.
We have supported the initiatives of the various copyright
societies in terms of litigation and day to day policing.
As is well known, this is not an easy issue because
today’s pirate is likely to be tomorrow’s legitimate copyright user and legitimate payer of royalties.
Staff Announcements
UMPG NY & LA Creative
Department Staffing
Now Complete
Fuhrmann
Edwards
Helsinger
McLean
Ross
Zwirn
Tom Sturges, Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs for
UMPG's U.S. operations, has announced the completion of
Universal Music Publishing Group's New York and Los
Angeles creative staffing.
Commented Sturges: "Our creative team (and its new
additions) is very well-suited to the task at hand. With experience in A&R, label and artist management, marketing, promotion, publicity and production, they bring strong individual
skills and group passion to the continuing development of our
writers and catalogues. We look forward to the many challenges that remain before us."
New additions to the creative department:
Andrew Fuhrmann has been appointed Vice President
of Creative Affairs - East Coast. Fuhrmann joins Universal
from the highly successful Notation Music Publishing/W&R
Group, which he co-founded in 1993 along with owners Ric
Wake and Denise Rich. As Notation's Senior VP Creative
Operations, Fuhrmann's efforts contributed to the recording
of Notation published titles by such multi-platinum selling
artists as Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony, Trisha Yearwood,
Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin. In addition,
Fuhrmann has been an A&R executive for Arista, Epic and
Capitol/EMI Records and was responsible for signing and
development of artists including Katrina And The Waves and
Taylor Dayne.
In February, Maani Edwards was appointed Director of
Urban Music, West Coast. In this new position, Edwards is
responsible for finding and developeing songwriters, artists
and producers. Previously, Edwards was Creative Director at
Edmonds Music Publishing. He also worked as head of
Urban Music for Interscope Music and was Creative
Manager, Urban (West Coast) for BMG Music Publishing.
With 10 years experience in the music business, Gary
Helsinger recently joined UMPG as Director of A&R, West
Coast. Gary was formerly the Director of Talent Acquisitions
at Chrysalis Music Group, A&R rep. for Lava/Atlantic
Records, and tour manager for A Perfect Circle (Virgin). He is
product manager for Fishbone, Sierra Swan (Dollshead),
Christian Lane, Guster, Crash Test Dummies, and Monster
Magnet
Al "Butter" McLean has been appointed Director of A&R
- Urban and R&B. McLean started his career at Uptown
Records as a Scout/Production assistant and moved to Island
Records in 1993. He later worked at Warner Brother Records
as an A&R manager, at Jellybean Music Publishing as
Director Of Music Publishing and finally H.O.L.A. Records as
Senior Director of A&R, where he signed platinum artists
Voices of Theory and Veronica.
In February, April Ross joined UMPG as Creative
Coordinator. Ross, who most recently held the position of
Manager of A&R Administration at A&M Records.
Damon Zwirn recently joined the company as Executive
Assistant to Andy Fuhrmann.
ANSWERS TO
UMPG TRIVIA I.
Question 1:
“Two Hearts”
Question 2:
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
(Elvis’ version was in 1956)
Question 3:
“Love is Alive”
Question 4:
“Freebird”
Question 5:
Mick Jagger
UMPG Trivia Challenge was
complied by Scott James.
ON THE MOVE!
LOS ANGELES: UMPG Worldwide President
David Renzer recently announced the promotion
of Mike Sammis to Sr. Vice President of Finance.
He will retain the title of Chief Financial Officer of
Universal Music Publishing Group. Sammis was
largely responsible for the successful integration of MCA and
Polygram's administrative systems into UMPG's new centralSammis ized
global administrative system
(see pg. 16). Dana Kasha-Murray has been promoted Director of Creative Services. KashaMurray's signings have included Oleander, Tony
Battaglia And Shaun Fisher.
KashaMaretta Shaughnessy has been
Murray
promoted to Manager - Special
Markets and Income Tracking.
Shaughnessy recently transferred to the Income
Tracking Department from the Copyright
Department. George Rivera has
been promoted to Director Technology of the New Media
Tyler
department. Brian Rafeedy has
joined the company as Manager
of End User Support, replacing
Rivera. Doris Tyler has been
promoted to Special Projects
Coordinator/Asst.
to
the
President reporting to David
Rafeedy
Renzer. Kevin Krivashei has
been promoted to Manager - Income Tracking.
Mark Trux has been promoted from Finance
Clerk to Financial Analyst. Asuncion Fierros has
been appointed Finance Clerk/Assistant.
Brazie
NEW YORK: Rebecca Wright has been promoted to Creative Manager, East Coast. Jack
O'Connell has been promoted to Creative
Coordinator. Peter Shea has been promoted to
Assistant to Kim Franciewicz and Rebecca Writer.
NASHVILLE: In April, Molly Reynolds joined the
Nashville creative team as Creative Director. She
most
recently
served
as
Wright
Associate Director of A&R for
Capitol Records. Tammy Helm
has been promoted to Manager of Administration.
In her new position, she oversees copyright, royalty and print activities related to the Nashville
roster. Katie Dalton has been promoted to
Associate Manager of Creative Services.
Reynolds
U.K.: Steven Jones has been appointed Senior
A&R Manager. He was previously A&R Editor of Music Week.
SOUTH AFRICA: Ryan Hill has joined UMPG as
Copyright Assistant.
HOLLAND: Oscar Ombach has been appointed
creative manager. Together with Peter Birkhoff, he
will be responsible for the A&R/creative dept. in
Holland.
Ombach
MALAYSIA:
Jack Teo has
joined UMPG as Publishing
Manager.
MEXICO: Antonio Rebollar has been appointed
General Manager for UMPG Mexico replacing
Cristina Quiñones, who has moved to Universal
Music Mexico‘s import/export department.
Rebollar was most recently as the head of Azteca
Music Publishing.
Rebollar
Flash Back
Universal Music Publishing Group executives visited k.d. lang in the studio as she was putting finishing touches on her new album, “Invincible
Summer.” The LP was released June 22 and received critical acclaim in
reviews by Rolling Stone, Billboard and others. Lang toured with Sting
for 9 dates in July before embarking on her solo tour with Shelby Lynne.
Pictured (left to right): Gary Gilbert, Lang’s attorney, David Renzer,
UMPG Worldwide President, Lang, and Tom Sturges, UMPG Executive
VP of Creative Affairs.
UMPG writer Stephanie Bentley
was recently presented a
plaque commemorating her
No. 1 AC and Country hit,
“Breathe.” Pictured (left to
right): Mark Brown, UMPG
Nashville - Creative Director,
Pat Higdon, Sr. VP/GM of
UMPG Nashville, Bentley, David
Renzer, and Tom Struges.
Brian McKnight was recently presented with a platinum
plaque to commemorate the sale of more than 2 million
copies of his Motown album, “Back At One.” Shown
from left ro right are: Zach Horowitz, President/COO of
Universal Music Group; McKnight; David Renzer, and
Herb Trawick, McKnight’s manager.
UMPG CONFAB ‘99
Universal Music Publishing Group and
Universal Studios recently began a series
of luncheons to introduce key executives
from the film and TV community to some of
the stellar songwriters signed to the publishing company. The most recent luncheon featured Grammy-winning music creator Glen Ballard. Also shown (left to right)
are: David Renzer, Scott Stuber, Executive
VP, Universal Motion Picture Group, Scott
James, UMPG Sr. VP Film, Television and
New Technologies, Harry Garfield, Sr. VP
Music of Universal Pictures, Glen Ballard,
Marisa Porter, UMPG Assoc. Dir. of Motion
Picture and TV, and Tom Eaton, UMPG
Assoc. Dir. of Motion Picture and TV.
Universal Music Publishing Group News is designed
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* All photography this page
by Doris Tyler, except for
UMPG Sweden photos by
Carl Linder.
UMPG Sweden
Signs Markoolio,
Sahara Hotnights
New signing Markoolio (above with
co-producers and UMPG staff) is
currently the best selling local artist
in Sweden, his recent single 'Mera
Mal' is No. 1 on the singles chart
and has sold 3x platinum. Sahara
Hotnights' (right) debut album
(BMG) has just gone gold.
~UMPG~
Pg. 15
WHEN THE WORLD SINGS YOUR SONG
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS
When Shania Twain’s smash LP, Come On
Over, became an international sensation,
Universal Music Publishing Group’s
state-o
of-tthe-a
art administrative system
was in place to ensure her faster song
registrations and collections from every
corner of the globe.
UMPG’s seamless administrative process
allows for:
! faster, more accurate
royalty payments
! unique centralized data
processing in 3-hub
locations
! global income tracking
! immediate electronic
circulation of copyright
information to our
offices in 38 countries
Shania Twain - Come On Over
Est. 26 Million Sold Worldwide
If you’re looking for the right music
publisher to provide creative services
and administrative excellence, think
of Universal Music Publishing Group The New Global Leader.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
www.umusicpub.com
Universal Music Publishing Group
2440 Sepulveda Ste. 100
Los Angeles, CA 90064-1712
Tel. 310.235.4700 Fax. 310.235.4900
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