Simon Cowell and Universal Music Publishing Launch SYCO Publishing

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Simon Cowell, Syco Entertainment, Universal Music Publishing Launch SYCO Publishing

Simon Cowell and Syco Entertainment, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), have announced the launch of SYCO Publishing, a boutique publisher dedicated to supporting and developing global songwriting talent.

Through the collaboration, SYCO Publishing will sign and develop songwriters and catalogs to be administered and supported exclusively through UMPG. Additionally, the initiative will create new opportunities for its writers to work across Cowell’s extensive network of projects and media formats.

“There is nothing more important than a great song,” said Simon. “I started my career in music publishing. Mike (McCormack) and Universal have given me the chance to build a music publishing company. They are a brilliant company and share my wish to work with amazing songwriters.”

SYCO publishing is already home to Lucy Spraggan and owns rights to Fifth Harmony, James Arthur, Grace VanderWaal, and Camila Cabello catalogs

SYCO Publishing is already home to songwriters Lucy Spraggan and John Samuel Gerhart, in addition to the song catalog rights for hits from Fifth Harmony, James Arthur, Grace VanderWaal, and Camila Cabello. They also possess rights to songs performed by artists including Machine Gun Kelly, Major Lazer, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, and Shawn Mendes.

“Simon has been a good friend for decades, and I’m thrilled he has finally decided to launch a publishing business with UMPG. His track record is incredible — he’s always had great instincts and passion for outstanding songs and brings incredible value to every songwriter, producer, and catalog he works with,” said Mike McCormack, MD of UMPG UK. “The UMPG team looks forward to working closely with Simon on SYCO Publishing and providing the best global support to develop tomorrow’s stars.”

SYCO Publishing is the second songwriting-focused project launched collaboratively by Syco Entertainment and Universal Music Group. Last year, the companies teamed up to launch StemDrop, a creative platform for musical collaboration, curation, and artist discovery, which launched exclusively with TikTok and Samsung.

Simon Cowell congratulates One Direction for 1B Spotify streams, promotes Lucy Spraggan’s new album

On Thursday, Simon posted a video on social media congratulating X Factor stars One Direction. The group’s song “What Makes You Beautiful” hit 1 BILLION streams on Spotify. “A massive thank you to everyone involved and all the fans!”

He also promotes Lucy Spraggan’s new record Balance, which is out this week. Lucy competed on X Factor, but dropped out without much explanation. Recently, she opened up about the devastating rape after a party during the competition that not only lead to her leaving the show, but began a years-long mental heath struggle. While she felt abandoned by X Factor and ITV producers, Simon eventually stepped in, made amends and signed her to a publishing deal. Read about that HERE.

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