You’d think after 40-something years in the business, Bruce Springsteen would be out of firsts (although I predict a ten-hour set, soon) but his new publishing deal marks the very first time a single publisher will represent his entire catalogue worldwide.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) will exclusively administer his entire catalogue of songs, and future projects – including his inevitable album about Trump, which will be angry and great.

Jon Landau, Springsteen’s long-time manager, and massive booster, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Jody Gerson and her team. After forty productive years of working with the leading independents, it is now time for us to centralise Bruce’s publishing. UMPG combines putting the artist first with creating, leading, and managing the incredible changes occurring in the world of publishing. At this point in Bruce’s legendary songwriting career, they are an ideal fit.”

Jody Gerson, UMPG’s Chairman and CEO, adds: “During a career spanning more than 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has amassed one of the most iconic catalogs of songs in the history of music. As an artist, his demand for excellence and his requirement for heart and passion in everything that you do is the standard for how we operate every day at UMPG. We are thrilled to put the entire global resources of our company into expanding the popularity of his music and creating exciting new fan experiences.”