Ariana Grande signs with Universal Music Publishing!


I love Ariana Grande and today I’m just hearing that…


…the rising star has signed a publishing deal with Universal!

AriGran is amazing! I’m not entirely sure that is a nickname she’s even considered, but nonetheless I’ve truly enjoyed her voice & her introduction to pop music over the past couple of years! 😀

She’s just 21 and turns 22 on June 26th! She’s born on the same day as my sister which is kinda cool!

Twenty two, a voice like a young Mariah Carey in her prime, a superstar management team in Scooter Braun’s SB Projects: Jennifer Merlino and Stephanie Simon, an arena tour, and an adorable appearance. She really has everything a pop princess could want!

Ariana’s last album was released in August 2014 & is stellar!



My Everything sold 633,000 copies which is pretty big in a world of digital music and piracy! She’s doing great these days and Universal Music took notice!

Ariana just signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with UMPG (Universal Music Publishing Group). The deal is covering her entire song catalog which encompasses her two #1 albums: Yours Truly and My Everything which were released on Republic Records!


UPMG’s CEO Jody Gerson said: “Ariana Grande’s global success is a testament to her incredible talent and instincts as an artist and a songwriter. We’re so pleased to be working with her, alongside her management and our partners at Republic, to represent her songs and help maximize opportunities around the world.”

I love Jody Gerson and the strides she has made for women in the music industry! She became the first female CEO of a major music publishing company just this past year after 12 years at EMI Music Publishing and 6 years at Sony/ATV Music Publishing! She’s admirable and is a go-getter!

jody-gerson-headshot-650-430I’m proud of you, Jody!

During her career so far, Jody has signed prolific songwriters such as Norah Jones, Jermaine Dupri, a then 15 year old Alicia Keys, and Lady Gaga.

She also signed Nasri Atweh of the pop-reggae band Magic! who landed a #1 last year with the song “Rude”. Nasri is an incredible writer who has written so many pop hits (“Summertime by New Kids on The Block, “Crawl” by Chris Brown, “Next 2 You” by Chris Brown feat. Justin Bieber, “I Can Only Imagine” by David Guetta, “Change Your Life” by Iggy Azalea, and “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber…to name just a few!) He’s a behind the scenes kind of guy, but I would consider him to be very influential to modern day pop music.


Jody also played instrumental roles in the careers of Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Mac Miller, Enrique Iglesias, RedOne, and Shakira!

How much more time do you have? HAHA Jody is the bomb and she has been a beacon of hope not only for some of my favorite music contributors, but for women in the music industry as well!

And let it be known that Ariana Grande will be in Nashville on Tuesday, September 22nd for The Honeymoon Tour! Grab your tickets!!! I’ll be there 🙂

My hats off to Jody & the UPMG team! Ariana won’t let you down!



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