SANTA MONICA—Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen signed with Santa Monica-based Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) to exclusively administer his entire back catalog of songs and upcoming projects, according to announcements on Monday, July 31.
The deal marks the first time a single publisher will represent his entire catalog worldwide, according to Springsteen’s longtime manager, Jon Landau. Under the agreement, UMPG will be responsible for developing creative and commercial opportunities for the singer’s catalog, which dates from 1973, including songs from albums such as “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.,” “The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle,” “Born to Run,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” and “Tunnel of Love,” among others. Songs such as “Dancing in the Dark,” “Badlands,” “Thunder Road,” and “Wrecking Ball” will be included.
“We are thrilled to be working with Jody Gerson and her team,” Landau, President of Jon Landau Management, said in a statement. “After 40 productive years of working with the leading independents, it is now time for us to centralize Bruce’s publishing. UMPG combines putting the artist first with creating, leading and managing the incredible changes occurring in the world of publishing. At this point in Bruce’s legendary songwriting career, they are an ideal fit.”
In addition to his own recordings, Springsteen’s work has often been covered by other acclaimed artists. Songs including David Bowie’s “It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City,” Natalie Cole’s “Pink Cadillac,” Joan Jett’s “Light of Day,” Patti Smith’s “Because the Night,” Rage Against the Machine’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Mary J. Blige’s “American Skin (41 Shots),” and Neil Young’s “My Hometown” will be covered under the UMPG deal.
“During a career spanning more than 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has amassed one of the most iconic catalogs of songs in the history of music,” UMPG chairman and CEO Jody Gerson said in a statement. “As an artist, his demand for excellence and his requirement for heart and passion in everything that you do is the standard for how we operate every day at UMPG. We are thrilled to put the entire global resources of our company into expanding the popularity of his music and creating exciting new fan experiences.”
Springsteen’s career spans 18 studio albums, beginning in 1973 with his debut album “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.” He rose to prominence with his backing band, the E Street Band, in 1975 with the release of “Born to Run.” He has sold over 120 million records worldwide, with more than 64 million records sold in the U.S. His albums have garnered 20 Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and his hit song “Streets of Philadelphia” won an Oscar in 1994 for Best Original Song.
In 1999, the singer was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009 and was named MusiCares 2013 Person of the Year. In 2014, the E Street Band was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen’s memoir “Born to Run” and his most recent album “Chapter and Verse” were released in September 2016. In November 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his significant contributions to American music.