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Eve falls for U Music deal

Multiyear deal includes rights on 'Scorpion,' future projects

NEW YORK — Rap star Eve has inked an exclusive publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group.

The worldwide multiyear deal includes administration of publishing rights on her current album, “Scorpion,” which was released on Universal Music’s flagship imprint Interscope Records, as well as future songwriting projects.

“Scorpion” debuted at No. 4 on the album charts in the week ended March 11; it’s currently at No. 12. The record has sold 331,000 copies to date, according to SoundScan data.

Publishing for the Philadelphia-born artist’s platinum-selling debut Interscope LP, “Let There Be Eve … Ruff Ryder’s First Lady,” also will be repped by Universal.

Universal Music’s lineup of urban artists also includes seminal gangster rapper Ice Cube, and a hit list of R&B vocalists including Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Gerald Levert and Brian McKnight.

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