Taylor Swift Joins Forces With First Female-Led Music Publishing Company in New Universal Deal
Extending her partnership with the Universal Music family, the ‘Lover’ singer expresses her appreciation for the opportunity to work with ‘advocate for women’s empowerment’ Jody Gerson.
AceShowbiz –Taylor Swift has signed a new deal with Universal Music Publishing Group executives as her feud with former label bosses rumbles on.
The 30-year-old singer has inked an exclusive global publishing agreement with Universal heavyweight Lucian Grainge and his company, cementing her place as one of the group’s biggest acquisitions following her departure from Big Machine – the label she signed with when she was a teenager.
“I’m proud to extend my partnership with Lucian Grainge and the Universal Music family by signing with UMPG, and for the opportunity to work with Jody Gerson, the first woman to run a major music publishing company,” Swift said in a press release. “Jody is an advocate for women’s empowerment and one of the most-respected and accomplished industry leaders.”
Gerson, the chairman and CEO of UMPG, added: “We are honored to welcome Taylor Swift to UMPG. Using her power and voice to create a better world, Taylor’s honest and brave songwriting continues to be an inspiration to countless fans. We look forward to further amplifying Taylor’s voice and songs across the globe.”
Swift’s new deal will mean she will continue to work with Troy Tomlinson, the chairman and CEO of UMPG Nashville, calling him “an amazing part of my team for over half my life and a passionate torchbearer for songwriters.”
Tomlinson adds, “I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Taylor since she was 14-years-old, and she still amazes me daily. The true definition of a multigenerational artist and songwriter, Taylor’s songs, vision and unwavering determination have always been an inspiration. I am so happy and so proud to continue representing Taylor and her music, and I am confident that UMPG will be the best, most creative partner in providing unparalleled opportunities for her songs.”
According to a UMPG press release, the new deal “strengthens the partnership between Swift and the Universal Music family”. The singer already has a multi-album deal with Universal Music Group and its offshoot, Republic Records, for her recorded music.
The agreement comes as Taylor continues to battle Big Machine’s Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta over the rights to her past work.
Borchetta sold Big Machine to Braun last year (19) without consulting Swift or offering her the chance to buy back her hit recordings. She has since announced plans to re-record her pre-Universal albums.
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