Richard Ashcroft, The Verve frontman and celebrated British singer-songwriter, has signed a global administration settlement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
The transfer sees Ashcroft carry his publishing again catalog to Universal, ending a relationship with Kobalt that dates again to 2006.
It additionally comes a yr after Ashcroft introduced that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had relinquished their publishing rights to The Verve’s hottest hit, Bittersweet Symphony, following a long-running dispute – leaving Ashcroft because the 100% credited author of the music.
Ashcroft’s songs have seen him obtain two Ivor Novello Awards – Songwriter of the Year (1998) and Outstanding Contribution to British Music (2019) – in addition to quite a few Brit Awards, Q Awards and NME Awards with The Verve.
Following The Verve’s 1993 album debut A Storm in Heaven, and 1995’s A Northern Soul, the discharge of Urban Hymns in 1997 launched them to worldwide success. The album’s hits included Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Don’t Work and Lucky Man.
The Verve’s fourth album, Forth, reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, and 23 on the US Billboard 200.
“It’s so good to be reunited with Richard and his wonderful catalog of songs all these years later.”
Mike McCormack, UMPG
In 2000, Ashcroft made his solo debut with Alone with Everybody, adopted by Human Conditions (2001) and BPI certified-Platinum Keys to the World (2006). He has since launched two extra solo albums These People (2016) and Natural Rebel (2018).
Upon saying the brand new publishing deal, Mike McCormack, UMPG UK Managing Director, mentioned: “It feels like only yesterday that we signed The Verve to Virgin Publishing back in the early ;90s. They went on to become one of the most important bands of the era, and Richard blossomed into an incredible songwriter, composing many of the big hits on his own.
“It’s so good to be reunited with him and his wonderful catalog of songs all these years later. UMPG, both UK and globally, feel as excited as I do about representing and promoting Richard’s catalogue with the respect and care it deserves.”
Said Ashcroft: “I’m really excited about working with Universal Music Publishing and making this a hugely successful partnership. Music is power.”Music Business Worldwide