THE WEEKND EXPANDS ITS GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
The new, expanded relationship will see Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) administer all of its future works and songwriting catalog under a new long-term agreement, when its existing engagement expires. Tesfaye has already proven himself as one of 21st most prolific and talented songwriters of the century, breaking numerous chart and sales records throughout his career. The Weeknd holds the record for longest-running song in Billboard history, with “Blinding Lights” reaching an unprecedented 90 weeks on the Hot 100 chart.
Bravado, UMG’s lead brand and merchandise management company, will continue to work closely with The Weeknd & XO to expand and grow global merchandising, branding, e-commerce and retail opportunities around future projects and releases.
In addition, the new agreement also covers future audiovisual projects in collaboration with Republic Records and UMG.
By making the announcement, Sir Lucien GraingeChairman and CEO, Universal Music Group said: “Over the past decade, we have been honored to work so closely with Abel, who has quickly become one of music’s most creative and important artists, a one-of-a-kind talent. “With Sal and the XO team as our incredible partners, we have developed a deep trust and respect that has allowed us to successfully execute Abel’s brilliant vision. I am thrilled that we are now able to expand this special relationship, to welcome this world-class songwriter to UMPG and to take this creative partnership to new and exciting levels.”
Wassim ‘SAL’ Slaiby – Founder, CEO SALXCO | XO Recordssaid: “More than a decade together speaks volumes. Our relationship is built on trust, success and family values. I am proud and delighted to be alongside Sir Lucian, Monte, Avery, Jody and the rest of the Universal family building our next decade together.”
Mount LipmanPresident and CEO, Republic Recordssaid “Abel is the perfect 21st artist of the century and global superstar who continues to break down creative barriers with his genre repertoire. His success and career-defining achievements have had a historic impact around the world. It’s an honor to extend our alliance with Abel, Sal, Lamar, Cash and the XO family in the evolution of The Weeknd.”
Jody GersonChairman and CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group said: “The Weeknd is a world-class, boundary-breaking artist and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him and Sal to UMPG. Through this expanded and multi-faceted deal, the global teams of ‘UMPG, Republic and Bravado will be empowered to work closely together under one roof, maximizing the opportunities and value of The Weeknd’s art in unprecedented ways.”
Few artists have had such a profound impact on global culture over the past decade as The Weeknd, with over 75 million albums sold and numerous records broken. The Weeknd’s ‘Save Your Tears’ was recently named the world’s best-selling digital single of 2021 by IFPI, matching the feat achieved by ‘Blinding Lights’ in 2020, and marking the first time an artist has won this award. twice, not to mention winning in consecutive years. Both tracks were featured on the globally acclaimed album of 2020 after hours— an album that solidified The Weeknd’s status as a true global superstar, as evidenced in part by his headlining performance at the 2021 Superbowl halftime show.
The Weeknd’s latest album (Dawn FM), released in January 2022 via XO/Republic Records, continued the success of its predecessor, breaking the Billboard Global 200 chart record, with 24 songs recorded in its first week, the most ever by a solo male artist. The album was widely acclaimed after its surprise release and has already topped charts around the world.
The album launch was supported by an innovative campaign that included The Weeknd x The Dawn FM Experience, an immersive musical special on Amazon’s Prime Video that expands the album into a groundbreaking visual experience. This followed The Weeknd’s appearance in 103.5 Dawn FMa live streaming experience streamed exclusively on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch and in the Amazon Music app.
One of the most popular live performers, The Weeknd will embark on the After Hours Til Dawn Stadium world tour, which is expected to visit North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East in the summer of 2022. The Weeknd recently headlined this year’s annual Coachella music festival alongside Swedish House Mafia.
Through its powerful music, unique visual identity and aesthetic, innovative production and creative live performances, The Weeknd continues to be recognized around the world with audiences of all ages, widely influencing popular culture through his music and his art. In 2020, Tesfaye was named one of the TIME 100 most influential people in the world.
This multifaceted agreement marks the beginning of a new era of expanded global collaboration between The Weeknd, XO and UMG.
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A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s premier music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of award-winning multi-platinum legends and superstar artists such as Ariana GrandeBastille, Billy Porter, Bo BurnhamClaire, Conan GrayDaddy Yankee, Drake, Eddie VedderG Herbo, Glass Animals, Florence + the Machine, Greta VanFlotte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James BayJessie J, jimmy fallonjohn legend, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia MichaelsKid Cudi, Kim Petras, lil wayneLorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth McFarlane, Stevie Wonderswedish mafia, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, TXT, Twice and more. Founded by brothers and CEOs Monte and Avery Lipmanit also includes innovative business ventures including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, HYBE, Imperial, JYP, Lava Records, Universal Arabic Music, victor victorXO, young money, among others. Additionally, Republic is home to high profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Sing and Sing 2), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse), Apple TV+ (Coda), Netflix (Don’t Look Up), MGM /UAR (Licorice Pizza), NBC TV (The Voice) as well as other notable film and television franchises. To take content a step further, Republic has launched Federal Films which produces movies, TV series, podcasts and documentaries. With projects that align with Republic’s artists and brand, Federal Films is building a diverse slate that will bring compelling stories to audiences around the world. Early documentary releases include Ariana Grande: Excuse me, I love you, Jonas Brothers In pursuit of happiness, and Todd Haynes highly acclaimed, The Velvet Underground.
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