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FEID INKS WITH UMPG
3/2/21

UMPG has inked singer/songwriter Feid to an exclusive, global publishing deal. 

Hailing from Medellín, Columbia, Feid began his career writing for other artists as a member of the collective Icon Music/Dynasty Publishing, including #1 hits like J. Balvin’s “Ginza” and CNCO’s “Mamita.”

With a catalog of nearly 200 songs, Feid, neé Salomon Villada Hoyos, has previously collaborated with the likes of Anitta, De La Ghetto, Esteman, Manuel Turizo, Sebastián Yatra, Tainy, Thalía and Zion & Lennox, among others.

He also received Latin Grammy Award nominations two years in a row for his second studio album, 19, and 2020’s FERXXO (VOL 1: M.O.R.).

“We are so proud to have supported Feid from the beginning. To have witnessed his prolific songwriter output, and his rise from go-to songwriter for various artists to successful solo artist, simply evidences his admirable work ethic,” shared Alexandra Lioutikoff, UMPG President for Latin America and U.S. Latin.

“I’m so happy to be part of my UMPG crew, they’ve always shown me love and have introduced me to new producers who have been crucial for the development of my career,” added Feid.

“He’s always creating, bringing harmony to the mix, and we look forward to supporting his continuing success,” said Ana Rosa Santiago, VP Creative, Latin America and U.S. Latin. 

Last year, Feid also dropped Bahia Ducati, which yielded “Porfa (Remix)” featuring UMPG artists Balvin, Sech and Justin Quiles, as well as Nicky Jam and Maluma. Most recently, he released “14 de Febrero” and is gearing up for the release of “Purrito Apa” on 3/12.

ZARA LARSSON JOINS SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING
3/1/21

Sony Music Publishing has inked a global pub deal with Swedish singer/songwriter, Zara Larsson.

The multi-platinum artist is known for her dance-pop hits like “Ruin My Life,” “All the Time,” “Lush Life” and “Never Forget You,” as well as her 2017 debut album, So Good, which became the second most-streamed debut by a female artist on Spotify. Other notable releases include collaborations like “A Brand New Day” with BTS and "Like It Is” with Kygo and Tyga, among others.

“I’m so excited to start working with Johnny, Katie and everyone at Sony Music Publishing. They have such an incredible team and roster and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” shared Larsson.

Ola Håkansson and the Ten team together with the Epic team have done an amazing job building her career into becoming a global superstar,” added Johnny Tennander, Sony Music Publishing MD, Scandinavia, and SVP A&R, Europe.

“Zara has already achieved an incredible global legacy yet has so much future ahead of her. We are thrilled to partner with Zara, London15 and the rest of her incredible team,” said Katie Welle, Sony Music Publishing SVP, Creative.

Having won four Swedish Grammy awards, Larsson has also been recognized with four MTV EMA Awards, eight Rockbjörnen Awards and four BRIT nominations, among many others.

Recently, Larsson dropped “Look What You’ve Done” from her highly anticipated new album, Poster Girl. Set for release on 3/5, it includes “Wow,” “Love Me Land” and “Talk About Love” f/Young Thug. She’ll also be performing songs from the album during an exclusive online concert on her YouTube channel for International Women’s Day on 3/8.

Pictured above before sharing a celebratory bag of Swedish Fish are (l-r) Larsson and Tennander.

 Photo credit: Anton Vretander

UMPG IS IN THE HOLLY SPIRIT
3/1/21

Rising singer/songwriter Holly Humberstone has inked an exclusive global publishing deal with UMPG

Since releasing her 2020 debut EP, Falling Asleep at the Wheel—which has accumulated 50m+ streams—the 21-year-old has been recognized on the BBC Sound of 2021 poll (#2), included on BBC Radio 1’s 2021 Brit List and was featured on artist to watch lists from Amazon Music U.K and VEVO DSCVR.

"I’m really excited to join the UMPG family! They’ve been so supportive since the beginning of my journey and I couldn’t ask for a better team,” shared Humberstone.

“From day one, the team have welcomed us with open arms, great ideas and, most importantly, a true understanding of who Holly is as a songwriter and artist,” said Josh Sanger, Manager, Closer Artists.

UMPG A&R Manager Dani Sawyerr adds, “We’re extremely excited to be working together with Holly and her manager Josh Sanger as she enters the next phase of her creative journey.”

“We are thrilled to be part of Holly’s musical journey and look forward to bringing her music to the world,” noted Mike McCormack, UMPG U.K. Managing Director.

Humberstone is set to embark on a U.K. tour in September, including four sold-out Omeara London shows.