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Diane Warren inks UMG pact

Deal covers tunesmith's publishing rights and A&R consulting

Cleffer Diane Warren has entered a two-pronged deal with Universal Music Group in which the company will administer her Realsongs catalog outside North America and Warren will act as a global A&R consultant.

Realsongs is self-administered by Warren in the U.S.

A top songwriter for a quarter of a century, Warren was the first cleffer in history to score seven hits by different artists simultaneously on the U.S. singles chart. Artists who have scored with her tunes include Elton John, Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Cher and Barbra Streisand.

Her hits include “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Because You Loved Me,” “Unbreak My Heart,” “How Do I Live” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” She won a Golden Globe for best original song this year for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” from the Cher-Christina Aguilera vehicle “Burlesque.”

UMG chairman-CEO Lucian Grainge said in a statement, “This is a milestone event for UMG as Diane is one of the finest songwriters of her generation, and certainly one of the most commercially successful,” stated Mr. Grainge. “On the recorded music side, she will now become UMG’s ‘go-to-creative’ person — available to our labels and artists around the globe to write songs that will help to fully realize their potential.”

Warren said, “This is an incredible opportunity to have my songs handled by the world’s leading publishing company, with an aggressive and proven team that will ensure our creative efforts are maximized.  And at the same time, being given a unique platform that will provide special access to working with UMG’s recording artists on a global basis.”