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UMPG Inks DaBaby to Global Publishing Administration Deal

UMPG Inks DaBaby to Global Publishing Administration Deal

UMPG Inks DaBaby to Global Publishing Administration Deal

Photo of DaBaby and UMPG Executives

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed rapper DaBaby to a global publishing administration deal.

Outside of publishing, DaBaby is signed with South Coast Music Group (SCMG) in partnership with Interscope. Universal Music Group (UMG) owns both UMPG and Interscope.

DaBaby’s hit songs include the RIAA double Platinum-certified “Suge,” which has nearly 250 million streams, along with “Baby Sitter,” “Goin Baby,” “Bop,” “Vibez” and “Intro.”

In September of this year, the rapper released his debut album, which was entitled Kirk and which reached No. 1 in the U.S. charts. It features collaborations with artists such as:

  • Chance The Rapper
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Gucci Mane
  • Lil Baby
  • Kevin Gates
  • Stunna4Vegas
  • Migos

The rapper has also collaborated on the following hits:

  • “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo
  • “Panini” by Lil Nas X
  • “Richer Than Errybody” by Gucci Mane
  • “Enemies” by Post Malone
  • “Stop Snitchin” by YG
  • “Cash Shit” by Megan Thee Stallion

In conjunction with the signing, DaBaby issued a statement.

He said, “I feel great about my decision to join UMPG. I’m looking forward to working with their team and taking my vision to new heights.”

Executives from UMPG also issued statements.

Jody Gerson, who is the chairman and CEO of UMPG, said, “A talented artist and songwriter, DaBaby has garnered hundreds of millions of streams and amassed a huge global fanbase. With support from myself, our A&R team and Interscope Records, UMPG’s Ari Gelaw developed a close relationship with DaBaby and South Coast Music Group to build this exciting partnership. We are looking forward to many great years of success with DaBaby.”

Ari Gelaw, who is the A&R manager at UMPG, added, “DaBaby is a multifaceted artist who has the ability to massively impact culture and still maintain an authentic connection with his fans. We are excited to embark on this partnership with DaBaby & South Coast Music Group.”

Terms of the deal were not announced.

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