Rondor, UMPG to oversee Billy Joel catalog

Singer-songwriter signs worldwide publishing agreement

Singer-songwriter Billy Joel has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Rondor Music and Universal Music Publishing Group Worldwide.

Deal encompasses Joel’s entire catalog.

Titles include such pop evergreens as “Just the Way You Are,” “Piano Man,” “New York State of Mind,” “You May Be Right,” “My Life,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Tell Her About It,” “Uptown Girl” and “We Didn’t Star the Fire.”

Joel’s albums account for sales of 150 million internationally. He has logged more than 30 top-40 hits in the U.S. and more than 25 in the U.K.

UMPG chairman-CEO Zach Horowitz said in a statement, “There are few songwriters in the history of music that have created a catalog of such hits, depth and quality. With Rondor’s distinctive focus and care, and UMPG’s global scale, administrative infrastructure and network of worldwide sync specialists, we are uniquely positioned to maximize the extraordinary opportunities that exist for Billy’s music.”

Joel said: “Publishing is a cornerstone of the music business, one of the reasons songs live and thrive around the world years after they’ve been written or recorded. Rondor and Universal Music Publishing Group understand the complexities of music publishing in general and the nuances of my catalog in particular.”