Bruce Springsteen has signed with Universal Music Publishing Group to exclusively administer his entire catalog of songs and future projects, it was announced Monday.
It’s the first time a single publisher will represent Springsteen’s entire catalog worldwide, according to the singer-songwriter’s manager, Jon Landau.
“After 40 productive years of working with the leading independents, it is now time for us to centralize Bruce’s publishing,” Landau said. “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 will be responsible for developing creative and commercial opportunities for Springsteen’s catalog, which dates to 1973 with the release of “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.,” the first of 18 studio albums that have garnered 20 Grammys — six for songwriting — and an Oscar in 1994 for Best Original Song for “Streets of Philadelphia.”
His iconic song catalogue includes “Born to Run,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Badlands,” “Thunder Road,” “Working on a Dream” and “Wrecking Ball.”
Along with his own recordings, Springsteen’s work has often been covered by other artists, including David Bowie (“It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City”), Natalie Cole (“Pink Cadillac”) Joan Jett (“Light of Day”), The Pointer Sisters (“Fire”), Patti Smith (“Because the Night”), Rage Against the Machine (“The Ghost of Tom Joad”) and Neil Young (“My Hometown”).
“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,” said Jody Gerson, UMPG’s chairman and CEO. “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.”
In 1999, Springsteen was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which also inducted The E Street Band in 2014. President Barack Obama awarded Springsteen with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November for his role in shaping American music.
–City News Service