UMG renews catalog pact with Estefans


MIAMI -- Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its exclusive administration agreement for the music catalogs belonging to superstar Gloria Estefan and husband/producer Emilio Estefan. The Estefan catalogs are considered some of the most valuable Latin music catalogs in the world, and include the works of Gloria Estefan and her husband, as well as other authors whose works fall under the Estefan's independent music publishing companies, Foreign Imported Productions & Publishing and Estefan Music Publishing.

The long-term deal originated through UMPG's Latin America division and covers all territories outside North America. It was brokered by David Renzer, chairman and CEO of UMPG, and Eddie Fernandez, UMPG's senior vp Latin America. It will have UMPG administering more than 3,000 titles, including hits like "Conga," "Don't Wanna Lose You" and "Words Get in the Way." The catalog also includes a vast array of film music and tracks recorded by a broad range of acts, from Shakira to Jennifer Lopez.

The deal also continues to consolidate the Estefan's publishing companies. Before joining UMPG, FIPP and EMPI were administered by Sony/ATV and Gloria Estefan's publishing was with EMI.

News of UMPG's renewal of their deal with the Estefan's comes in the wake of the release of Gloria Estefan's newest album, "90 Millas." A tribute to Estefan's Cuban roots, the album of all original material will enjoy a worldwide release. It already debuted at No. 1 in Holland, marking the first time in that country's history that a full-length Spanish language album does so. "90 Millas" was released in the United States Sept. 18. FIPP and EMPI will continue to administer their own catalogs inside North America.