NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 6, 2011) – Country music superstar Alan Jackson and EMI Music Publishing, the world’s leading publisher of popular music, have extended their relationship with a new global deal.

Jackson, who has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and topped the country singles charts 35 times, first signed with EMI Music Publishing more than ten years ago. The new co-publishing agreement will see EMI Music Publishing’s network of global offices represent Jackson’s classic catalog of songs including “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” “Remember When,” “Good Time,” “Small Town Southern Man” and “Drive”.

“I write hurtin’ songs, cheatin’ songs, drinkin’ songs, lovin’ songs…and to me, those things are just a part of life and part of country music,” says Alan Jackson. “The folks at EMI have been there with me for a good while, and I’m glad we’re going to keep on working together.”

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “We’re very happy to have extended our long-time relationship with Alan at EMI Music Publishing, especially as it comes so soon after he signed a new partnership with EMI Records Nashville. Alan is an incredible talent as both a songwriter and a recording artist, and we’re privileged that he is a part of the EMI family.”

EMI Music Publishing Nashville Executive Vice President & General Manager Ben Vaughn said: “Alan Jackson is simply a modern day poet, and folks from Australia to Albuquerque and all points in between connect to the songs that he writes. It’s an honor to have represented him for so long, and we’re all looking forward to building on the huge success he has had to date.”

The announcement of Jackson’s deal extension with EMI Music Publishing comes days after he completed a new recording deal with EMI in Nashville. Jackson will shortly begin recording a new studio album, which will be his first released as a joint venture between ACR (Alan’s Country Records) and Capitol’s EMI Records Nashville label.

Jackson is one of the most successful singer-songwriters in music. He’s a 17-time winner at the ACM Awards and a 16-time CMA Award recipient, including three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors. His songwriting last year won him the ASCAP Founders Award, which is bestowed on songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music. Jackson is also a seven-time ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year, a recipient of the ASCAP Golden Note Award, and a two-time Grammy award winner.

EMI Music Publishing is the world's leading publisher of popular music, representing more than one million copyrights including some of the best known songs ever written. Iconic songs in the EMI Music Publishing catalog include “New York New York,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “The James Bond Theme,” “Lady Marmalade,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Always On My Mind,” “Over The Rainbow,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Singin’ In the Rain.” Its current Nashville hit-making writers include Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Chris Young, Kelley Lovelace, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.