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Prince estate opts for Universal Music Publishing

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The estate of Prince has selected Universal Music Publishing to represent the late artist’s whole catalogue.

Under the agreement, the publisher will also work closely with Prince’s estate to develop new creative outlets for his music.

Jody Gerson, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), said: ‘We’re humbled to be entrusted with Prince’s catalogue and I’m grateful to my entire team for their work in making this agreement a reality.

‘UMPG is a premiere destination for songwriters because of the meticulous care, focus and passion we bring to creating opportunities for our artists and their body of work. With the timelessness and genius of Prince’s music, there are no limits to what we can achieve working with his estate. Prince’s popularity will only continue to grow around the world.’

Bremer Trust, the court-appointed temporary special administrator of the Prince Rogers Nelson Estate, hired entertainment industry experts Charles Koppelman (CAK Entertainment) and L. Londell McMillan (The NorthStar Enterprises Worldwide) to secure business agreements.

They commented: ‘We are pleased that UMPG shall once again administer Prince’s music publishing worldwide and assist the estate by giving Prince’s iconic music catalogue the proper care and support it deserves.

‘With this major agreement, the estate maintains ownership of Prince’s music, and now legions of fans from around the world will have even greater opportunities to continue to delight in his incomparable songwriting and musical expression.’

During a career spanning four decades, Prince sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most successful artists of all time, with international hits including Purple Rain, Lets Go Crazy, Kiss and Cream.

In addition to his own recordings, Prince was a prolific songwriter for other artists, with credits including Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O’Connor), Manic Monday (Bangles), When You Were Mine (Cyndi Lauper) and I Feel For You (Chaka Khan).

Universal Music Publishing first served as Prince’s publisher from 2001 to 2014.

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