Bruce Springsteen has put his songs in some new hands.
The New Jersey rock icon has signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Publishing Group to handle administration of his song catalog, the first time it's all been under roof in his career. Springsteen's catalog was previously split between Downtown Music Publishing in the U.S. and Sony/ATV elsewhere; The new deal covers future as well as existing recordings.
In a statement, Springsteen manager Jon Landau says that, "We are thrilled to be working with (Universal CEO) Jody Gerson and her team. 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."
UMPG's Gerson added that, "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. 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 next move is a rumored residence on Broadway starting this fall, but his camp has not confirmed that nor released any additional details.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.