EMI Music Publishing has reached a worldwide agreement with Stargate songwriter Mikkel Eriksen, who shares the credits for a string of hits by artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey.
Eriksen joins his Stargate partner Tor Erik Hermansen on the EMI Music Publishing songwriting roster. Hermansen has been represented by EMI since 1999, and this marks the first time that the Stargate songwriting partnership has been brought together under one music publishing house.
Hermansen and Eriksen will also continue with their joint venture partnership Stellar Songs, with EMI Music Publishing and the pair’s long-time managers Tim Blacksmith and Danny D.
Stargate were named Hitmakers of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year, after co-writing worldwide hits including “Don’t Stop The Music” and “Take A Bow” for Rihanna, “Because of You” and “Closer” for Ne-Yo, “Irreplaceable” for Beyoncé, and “With You” for Chris Brown.
Their songs picked up five nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards, while “Beautiful Liar” (performed by Beyoncé and Shakira) earned them the Ivor Novello award for Best British Song alongside fellow EMI Music Publishing writer Amanda Ghost.
EMI Music Publishing Chairman & CEO Roger Faxon said: “Having worked successfully with Tor Erik for so long, we are delighted to be able to extend our relationship with Stargate through this agreement with Mikkel. Stargate is a dominant force in both the UK and the US right now, and we’re looking forward to working with both of them to continue to develop their careers creatively and commercially.”
Mikkel Eriksen said: “Everybody at EMI Music Publishing has impressed me with their passion and commitment to songwriting and songwriters, and I’m looking forward to working with them as we continue to build on the success of the last few years.”