Taylor Swift has signed an exclusive global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group.
The agreement, which goes into effect immediately, is meant to strengthen the partnership between the “Lover” singer — and star of recent Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” — and the Universal Music family, according to a statement on Thursday. The group will serve as Swift’s only worldwide partner for recorded music and its Republic Records will be her U.S. label partner.
“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. “Jody is an advocate for women’s empowerment and one of the most respected and accomplished industry leaders.”
“Troy Tomlinson [Chairman and CEO of UMPG Nashville] has been an amazing part of my team for over half my life and a passionate torchbearer for songwriters. It’s an honor to get to work with such an incredible team, especially when it comes to my favorite thing in the world: songwriting,” the pop icon continued.
“We are honored to welcome Taylor Swift to UMPG,” Jody Gerson, chairman and CEO of UMPG, said. “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 has made the headlines frequently as of late as a result of her very public feud with Scooter Braun, the music manager and head of the music label Big Machine that acquired her catalogue of songs.
Swift surrendered ownership of her masters when she left Big Machine for a new deal at Republic Records ahead of her latest album, “Lover,” which was released in 2019. Swift has announced intentions to re-record all of her albums in order to regain control of her catalogue.