Thursday, April 24, 2008

Universal acquires Big Life Music

Paul Connolly, President of Europe & UK, Universal Music Publishing Group, today announced the company’s acquisition of Big Life Music. As part of this agreement, UMPG has a worldwide publishing deal with multi-platinum selling Snow Patrol, encompassing past and future works.

Founded in 1987 by Jazz Summers and Tim Parry, Big Life embraces a wide and eclectic roster of songwriters covering hits of the past two decades. The Big Life Music catalogue includes over 2000 copyrights.

Snow Patrol have sold over seven million albums to date. Signed to Big Life since 2002, the catalogue comprises all songs from the phenomenally successful Final Straw (Fiction/Polydor) and Eyes Open (Fiction/Polydor) albums, including the hit singles “Chasing Cars,” “Run,” and “You’re All I Have.”

"Rarely do you find a music company as edgy and diversified as Big Life,” stated Connolly. “Jazz and Tim have consistently pushed the creative envelope over many years. We are delighted with the acquisition and of course very proud to represent Snow Patrol.”

Connolly’s tenure has seen UMP, the world’s leading global music publisher, emerge as a creative driving force across the industry. Snow Patrol join UMP UK’s successful roster of talent, including Adele, Lily Allen, Bjork, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Feist, Franz Ferdinand, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, Keane, The Killers, Kate Nash, Sex Pistols, The Smiths, Van Morrison, and Paul Weller, amongst others.

About Universal Music Publishing GroupUniversal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry's leading global music publishing operation and is part of Universal Music Group. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world's hottest songwriters and catalogs. For more information, visit:

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