UMPG Lands Irving Berlin Catalog
January 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP (UMPG) has picked up the rights to administer the music publishing catalog of iconic songwriter IRVING BERLIN for the world outside of NORTH AMERICA. BERLIN he composed 1,500 songs, 19 BROADWAY shows and 18 HOLLYWOOD films during his 60-year career, penning classics such as "EASTER Parade," "White CHRISTMAS," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Puttin' On The Ritz," "Blue Skies" and "God Bless AMERICA."
"People often say that this song or that song provided a soundtrack for a certain moment in their lives," UMPG Pres./EUROPE & UNITED KINGDOM PAUL CONNOLLY said. "And more often than not, for those most special moments, they are IRVING BERLIN songs. They truly transcend generations and they're woven into the very fabric of our culture. So it's a privilege for all of us to work with Mr. BERLIN's three daughters who are such inspiring guardians of his musical legacy, and we're really excited about the catalogue's potential for future growth and development."
"IRVING BERLIN's music is timeless," UMG Pres./COO ZACH HOROWITZ said. "His songs continue to inspire, entertain and connect with generation after generation. It is an honor and privilege that his family has chosen UNIVERSAL to look after this treasure trove of musical masterpieces."