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Elvis Presley’s catalog of songs will be taken over by universal and authentic brands

The Elvis Presley catalog will be administered by Universal Music Publishing and represented by Authentic Brands Group, the companies announced Tuesday.

As part of the expanded relationship, UMPG and ABG will represent Presley’s catalog of hits worldwide (excluding the UK), which includes classics such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, ” It’s Now or Never”, “Memories”, “A Little Less Conversation”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Love Me Tender”, “Viva Las Vegas”, “Amazing Grace”, “All Shook Up”, “Tears on My Pillow” and countless Sequels.

The deal, the terms of which have not been disclosed, comes at an auspicious time, as Baz Luhrmann’s biopic ‘Elvis’, starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, hits theaters on June 24 and will premiere. next month at the Cannes Film Festival. ABG’s formidable portfolio includes iconic celebrity brands such as Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali.

While Presley only has songwriting credits on a handful of songs, ABG owns the rights to his catalog.

Presley, who died in 1977, is widely recognized as the best-selling solo music artist of all time, with more than 500 million records sold and a record for most songs in Billboard’s Top 40 with 114 hits. , including 40 in the top 10. and 18 reaching number one. He also holds the record for most RIAA-certified gold and platinum albums, most albums to chart on the Billboard 200, most No. 1 albums by a solo artist on the UK Albums Chart and the most number of No. 1 singles. act on the UK Singles Chart.

The deal builds on Universal Music’s existing relationship with ABG. In November 2020, UMG and ABG, a leading intellectual property owner and entertainment company, announced a strategic move to acquire and actively manage artist brands. According to the announcement, by working together, the companies have joined forces to extend the legacy and cultural impact of artists around the world across a wide range of consumer touchpoints to create opportunities in merchandise. , memories, recommendations, brand experiences and content, among others.

Marc Cimino, COO of UMPG, said, “Elvis Presley had an unprecedented and lasting global impact on music and pop culture. [CEO] Jody Gerson and I, along with UMPG teams around the world, couldn’t be more excited and honored to work with ABG to ensure Elvis’ iconic legacy lives on for generations to come.

“2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for Elvis, highlighted by the highly anticipated June theatrical release of ‘Elvis’ directed by Baz Luhrmann, as well as the debut of Netflix’s upcoming animated action series ‘Agent King’. “said Marc Rosen, President of ABG Entertainment. “We are honored to partner with UMPG as stewards of Elvis’ incomparable catalog, bringing his music and cultural influence to audiences around the world.”