Universal Music Publishing Goes on Signing Spree, Via Zoom

Freda A. Nix

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In recent weeks much of the business world has moved to virtual meetings, and while we’re all subject to glitches, wifi dropouts and mockery of our home decor, business is still getting done.

Universal Music Publishing Group has announced multiple songwriter signings, all of which took place in the past few weeks over Zoom.

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Melbourne-based producer and songwriter Billy Davis has shared the stage with Ruel, Noname, Anderson Paak, Thundamentals, Blackalicious just to name a few. He is pictured above (lower right) along with manager Jerry Poon and UMPG Australia/New Zealand’s Nora Wever and Arwen Hunt.

British-Japanese artist Rina has been building and releasing independently for the past few years, and will be dropping her first album via Dirty Hit on April 17.

Songwriter-artist-producer, Oscar Lang co-wrote “Coffee” with Beabadoobee. The track was sampled by Canadian EMO/Hip Hop artist POWFU for his exploding worldwide streaming hit “Death Bed.”

Jamie N Commons, signed by UMPG A&R Caroline Elleray (2011), has become one of UMPG UK’s most successful writers, most recently co-writing Lewis Capaldi’s global smash “Hold Me While You Wait” (a co-write that was put together by UMPG A&R Elizabeth Troughton). He recently released his EP ‘Fever Dreams’ via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope.

Latin-urban Producer Lil Geniuz has produced songs for artists like Justin Quiles, Miky Woodz, Darell, Rauw Alejandro and more. He co-penned and produced “No Vuelvas Mas” by Darell and “Fumeteo” by Darell + Rauw Alejandro.

Artist/songwriter SKŸE (Nicolas Duquemin) is UMPG Australia/New Zealand’s newest signing. During isolation, SKŸE is tucked away in his home studio, working on his debut EP with fellow UMPG writer, producer and artist Andy Hopkins (Hauskey).

 

 

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