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Posted by Robert
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12/15/2004 3:57:38 PM

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Universal Music Publishing Group today announced the signing of multi-platinum rap star Ludacris to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. His album debuts at # 1 on the SoundScan chart this week selling more than 322,000 copies.


Ludacris' "Stand Up" proved to be the hit single on his 2003 offering, Chicken -N- Beer, claiming the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, #1 Hot Rap Tracks, #1 Rhythmic Top 40, #1 Billboard Hot 100 and reaching top ten positioning in both Top 40 Mainstream and Top 40 Tracks. The album went on to grab the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 Albums and the No. 1 slot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (as did the 2001 Ludacris album Word of Mouf).


Following a tradition of ruling the U.S. albums and singles charts, multi- platinum rap star Ludacris' follow-up CD, Red Light District (Def Jam), was released December 7th. The first single off the new album "Get Back" was released this week and entered on the Billboard Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Ludacris was previously signed to EMI Music.


Commented David Renzer, Worldwide Chairman, Universal Music Publishing Group: "I am so thrilled that in an incredibly competitive situation Ludacris chose UMPG as his publishing home. He is truly an industry leader and we warmly welcome him to the UMPG family."


Through the deal, Universal Music Publishing Group successfully triumphed in a highly competitive bidding situation, acquiring rights beginning with the release of Red Light District (IDJ) to one of the rap industry's most in- demand performers, responsible for hit songs including, "Roll Out (My Business)," "Splash Waterfalls," "Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)," "Southern Hospitality," "Stand Up," and "What's Your Fantasy."


In addition to a successful career in music, Ludacris is a noteworthy actor with roles in such films as Lil' Pimp, Crash, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Wash and is currently filming Hustle & Flow (slated for 2005 release). His composer credits in feature films include You Got Served ("Stand Up"), Honey ("Stand Up"), Bad Boys II ("Rollout", "Move B*tch"), Hollywood Homicide ("Gossip Folks"), How High, Rush Hour 2 ("Area Codes"), 2 Fast 2 Furious ("Act A Fool"), and The Fast and the Furious ("Area Codes").


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