Yu Leseberg Client Keith Harris Signs to Universal Music Publishing


Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the signing of an exclusive publishing agreement with Yu Leseberg client Keith Harris, GRAMMY and Juno-winning writer/producer. The publishing deal encompasses Keith's entire catalogue, including the Black Eyed Peas "Imma Be" which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart this week and is No. 1 on the iTunes singles charts. Through the agreement, UMPG immediately represents Harris' publishing rights for the US and Canada and will represent Harris' world-wide publishing in July 2010, upon completion of his deal with EMI Music Publishing.

"This is a very special milestone for my career as a producer/writer/musician. I'm extremely thankful to the Peas, management, the Harris Productions team, and my new family at Universal Music Publishing," said Keith Harris.

The publishing agreement was negotiated and lawyered by entertainment attorney Helen Yu, whom has represented Keith Harris for many years.

"Congratulations to Keith for writing a worldwide hit with the Black Eyed Peas. 'Imma Be' is one of those songs that sings positive energy and passionate determination in every language. Great work by James Cheney in bringing this amazing client to us," said Tom Sturges, Head of Creative, Universal Music Publishing Group.

"I'm extremely excited to be teaming up w/ Keith Harris. The success he's having right now is just the beginning, and I look forward to the future as his career continues to develop. His talent as a producer is undeniable," added James Cheney, Director of Creative Affairs, Universal Music Publishing Group.

The Keith Harris co-written and co-produced "Imma Be" is the fourth single from the Black Eyed Peas fifth album The E.N.D. (Interscope). The song marks the group's fourth successful top ten hit from the album and was performed by the group during the 52nd GRAMMY Awards. The song has hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles, No. 1 Hot Digital Songs, No. 1 on Hot Digital Tracks, and No. 1 on iTunes. Harris also co-wrote and produced the Black Eyed Peas "Meet Me Halfway" which hit No. 1 on the UK Singles chart, Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Top 3 on the Hot Digital Songs charts.

The publishing deal also encompasses Harris' co-writes in such notable recordings as "Heat" - Mariah Carey; "American Boy" - Estelle; "Be Ok" and "Let's Rock" - Chrisette Michele (2009 GRAMMY award winner for Best Urban/Alternative Performance); "Picture Perfect" - Chris Brown; "Baby Love" - Nicole Scherzinger; "Will vs. Superblack" "Impatient" and "Fly Girl" - Will.I.Am; "All That I Got" and "Close To You" - Fergie; "Till the Wheels Falls Off" and "Weekend" - Kelis; "About You" - Mary J. Blige; "In Da Club" - Genuwine; "Revival" - Jully Black (2008 Juno Award Winner for R&B Soul Recording), remixes for the Michael Jackson Thriller 25th Anniversary album, and more.

Keith has been the drummer for the Black Eyed Peas and Fergie since 2003. He is currently on the road with Black Eyed Peas for The E.N.D. World Tour 2010.

PR Newswire, March 2, 2010

LAMONT DOZIER: An Architect of Modern Music's Pop Sound


(Los Angeles, -- August 28, 2007) A new feature film documentary about hit-songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier, the mastermind behind such milestone smashes as "Stop in the Name of Love," "Baby Love," "I Hear a Symphony," and "Reach Out, I'll Be There," promises to reveal a vital chapter in American music history. While the legendary Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas are well known -- and their songs have been playing on the airwaves virtually non-stop since their creation -- Lamont Dozier, the writer and producer of these songs, has remained largely out of the spotlight.

All of this is about to change with what promises to be an engrossing and revelatory documentary about this prime architect of modern pop music and the creative genius who influenced legends like Babyface, Joss Stone, Lennon/McCartney and countless others. Lamont Dozier has essentially shaped the definitive soundtrack for an essential era in modern American music and culture.

With 54 #1 charting songs, including 13 consecutive #1 hits, Dozier has been named by Billboard magazine as the #2 songwriter of all time and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Post-Motown, Lamont helped shape the modern 80s UK Pop sound by writing, producing and aligning himself with 80's electronica diva, Alison Moyet (#1 song, "Invisible"), Phil Collins (the Grammy winning/Oscar-nominated #1 hit "Two Hearts"), Simply Red, Boy George, Pete Waterman, Aretha Franklin and many others, who continually kept Dozier at the creative forefront.

The film is directed by visionary indie auteur AJ Schnack who is well-versed in capturing musicians on film, having previously directed a film about the front man of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain: About a Son. About a Son was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award, and debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. About a Son offered piercing insights into the life, music, and times of the troubled rocker. Schnack's first feature film was also a music documentary, about the Brooklyn-based band They Might Be Giants, entitled Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns.)

The documentary is being produced by Helen Yu (who is also a well-known Hollywood entertainment lawyer) for Seattle based Nola's Salon Entertainment. Helen Yu's extensive relationships, both in the major studio and independent film worlds, are a major component as she has envisioned a call sheet of first-class talent to bring this project to the marketplace. The film's line producer, Anne Clements, is an award winning producer. Her prior film, Quinceaera, took the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and also won an Independent Spirit Award in 2006.

Dozier's on-screen stories are complemented by a series of interviews with such contemporary luminaries as Elton John, Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, John Legend, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Phil Collins, Diane Warren, Pharell Williams, Glen Ballard, Dave Stewart, Alan Warner, Pete Waterman, and Michael Bolton that will underscore Dozier's undeniable role as a key originator in the history of American popular music.