Eminem extends UMPG publishing deal

Tina Hart

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has extended its worldwide publishing deal with Eminem.

The exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement encompasses all of his catalogue as well as his latest album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which debuted at No.1 on the Official UK Album Chart, making him the only American artist ever to achieve seven consecutive No.1 albums in the UK.

The album also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it Eminem’s seventh consecutive No. 1 album in the territory. With 792,000 copies sold in the US during its first week, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 notched the second-biggest sales week of 2013 and the sixth-biggest sales week of the past five years.

Eminem released four songs ahead of the debut of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, including The Monster feat. Rihanna, Rap God, Berserk, and Survival.

He co-wrote Survival with the group The New Royales, which is comprised of UMPG songwriters DJ Khalil, Chin Injeti, Erik Alcock and Liz Rodrigues. Rodrigues is also featured as a guest vocalist on the track. The single appeared as part of a promotion for the upcoming video game Call of Duty: Ghosts was the first publicly released music from The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

The Monster feat. Rihanna, debuted inside the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 and became the No.1 most downloaded song on iTunes shortly after its October 29 release.

Evan Lamberg, president, North America, UMPG said: “It’s an honour for Universal Music Publishing Group to continue representing one of the greatest rock stars of our generation. Eminem continues to break all genre boundaries and has become a voice for his generation. Also, kudos to manager Paul Rosenberg and attorney Theo Sedlmayr who continue to guide one of the most special and successful careers ever.”

After selling more than 100 million albums worldwide between 2000 and 2009, Eminem was named Best Selling Artist of the Decade by SoundScan, while Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the greatest artists of all time, declaring him The King of Hip-Hop. He has 13 Grammy Awards.

Eminem’s seventh studio album, Recovery, was the best-selling album of 2010, making him the first artist in history to have two year-end best-selling albums (his album The Eminem Show was the best-selling album of 2002).

The second single release from the Recovery album - Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) - produced by Alex Da Kid and co-written by Skylar Grey, spent seven consecutive weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, received five Grammy nods, became the UK’s best-selling song of 2010, and proved to be Eminem’s best-selling song to date.


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