• Jay-Z Signs Deal With Universal Music

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    The Wall Street Journal reports that Jay-Z’s Roc Nation music label has signed a multiyear deal with Universal Music. They also get rights to release Hov’s next album.

    Jay-Z said the 5 year deal will allow Roc Nation to “continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major.” Universal didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal.

    This marks Jay-Z’s return to Universal as he served as president of Universal’s Island Def Jam Music Group from 2004 until late 2007.

    Universal Chief Executive Lucian Grainge said Roc Nation has swiftly become “one of the most successful brands in music with a reputation for developing some of today¹s most influential and popular talent.”

  • Jay-Z Signs Music Catalogue To Warner/Chappell Music

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    Jay-Z has just signed (along with Roc Nation) his music catalogue to Warnell/Chappell music to a global publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. Says Hov: “The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend. Jon Platt is such a person. He’s a man of extraordinary character as well as a remarkably talented executive with an ear for music and an eye for talent. It’s great to watch him grow to be one the best in the business.”