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UMPG Signs American Idol Winner Kris Allen

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced the signing of an exclusive world-wide publishing agreement with American Idol winner Kris Allen. The publishing deal encompasses Kris Allen's self-titled album as well as future works during the term of the agreement.

Kris Allen's post-Idol self-titled album was released in November 2009 through Jive Records, hitting Top 20 on the Billboard 200 and Top 10 on Top Digital Albums. Kris collaborated with UMPG's The Script on his first single "Live Like We're Dying" and "Written All Over My Face."

Kris' path to victory on American Idol included memorable performances of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" and Kanye West's "Heartless." Kris was praised by the judges for his original arrangements of such well-known songs.

Managed by Stirling McIlwaine, Kris Allen joins UMPG's roster of artists including past Idol contestants the multi-platinum Chris Daughtry and new signing Jason Castro. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers