UMPG Signs Yusuf / Cat Stevens to Global Admin Deal

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Universal Music Publishing Group signs an exclusive, global administration agreement with singing-songwriting legend Yusuf / Cat Stevens.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has announced the signing of influential UK singer-songwriter, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, to an exclusive, global administration agreement. Stevens has created some of the most enduring songs in popular music canon, including timeless tracks like “Wild World,” “Father and Son,” “Moonshadow,” and “The Wind.” He has sold over 100 million records and amassed over 2 billion streams, as well as the honors of being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“‘Tea for the Tillerman’ and ‘Teaser and the Firecat’ stand the test of time. Songs from both albums do what great music is supposed to do — they make us feel deeply,” said Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG. “It’s a privilege to be able to work with Yusuf and Yoriyos and the entire UMPG global team to introduce these incredible songs to new generations.”

“This is the first time the publishing catalog has been united under one roof with the master catalog since Chris Blackwell’s Island Records years,” added Yoriyos Adamos (pictured left), son and manager of Yusuf (pictured center). “I was really excited about teaming up with Jody and Mike after our initial discussions. We share a dynamic vision and are all committed to supporting Yusuf’s music and his timeless message of peace.”

Mike McCormack (pictured right), Managing Director at UMPG UK, said: “Yusuf is one of the greatest British singer/songwriters of his generation, solely writing such ubiquitous songs as ‘Wild World,’ ‘First Cut is the Deepest,’ ‘Father and Son,’ ‘Moonshadow,’ ‘Lady D’Arbanville,’ and ‘The Wind,’ as well as a couple of the best LPs of the 70s in ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ and ‘Teaser and the Firecat.’ Both Jody and I have been fans of his music and songwriting for decades and have been working for many years to bring Yusuf’s catalog to UMPG UK. In January this year, that dream finally came true.”

Years ago, Yusuf stepped away from the mainstream music business to dedicate himself to a life of service through education and charity, a practice that has seen him receive international recognition for his work in Humanitarian Relief. He made a return to music in 2003, where he continued to use his platform to spread his lifelong message of peace. Most recently, he performed at Glastonbury in 2023 to an audience of over 100,000.