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Rubin does American deal with Universal

By | Published on Thursday 23 August 2012

Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin’s American Recordings has struck a new deal with Universal Music, which will see the Universal Republic division work with the legendary producer on future releases under the American label banner. The specifics of the deal, the scale of the planned American operation moving forward, and what the arrangement means for the label’s catalogue isn’t clear.

American Recordings, first launched in 1988 four years after Rubin founded Def Jam Records, has had partnerships with various major music groups over the years. Most recently Rubin held an executive role within Sony Music, though he departed that major in February, with reported tensions at the company that the producer spent more time working in the studio with non-Sony artists than he did fulfilling his duties to the major.

American’s collaboration with Universal will go into action almost immediately, with ZZ Top and Avett Brothers albums due out next month.