Universal Music Group (UMG) announced an expansive, long-term partnership with The Weeknd, one of the most commercially successful and critically-acclaimed recording artists and songwriters of the last decade. The agreement further builds upon the relationship between Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd, and UMG’s Republic Records, his label home and partner since 2012 and will remain his label partner for future recorded music releases.


The new expanded relationship will also see Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) administer all of Abel’s future works and songwriting catalog in a new long-term deal, upon expiration of his existing commitment, while Bravado, UMG’s in-house brand-management and merchandise company, will continue to work closely with The Weeknd & his XO Records imprint to expand and develop global merchandising, branding, ecommerce and retail licensing opportunities around future projects and releases. This new agreement also covers future audiovisual projects in collaboration with Republic Records and UMG.


In making the announcement, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group said, “Over the past decade, we have been honored to work so closely with Abel who has quickly become one of music’s most creative and important artists — a once-in-a-generation talent. With Sal and the XO team as our incredible partners, we’ve developed a deep trust and respect that has enabled us to successfully execute Abel’s brilliant vision. I’m delighted that we are now able to expand this special relationship, welcome this world-class songwriter to UMPG, and evolve this creative partnership to new and exciting levels.”