@Lindsay_Stein: Universal Music Publishing’s Jody Gerson Pumps Up the Volume for Ads

Jody Gerson is having a good year.

The CEO and chairman of Universal Music Publishing Group recently closed a deal for Bruce Springsteen’s catalog and—years after discovering a 14-year-old Alicia Keys—believes she has found the next big thing.

You likely saw her handiwork at the Grammy’s this year in an ad that matched up “Nothing Compares 2 U,” sung by a variety of musicians in tribute to Prince, with the Google Pixel smartphone (executed by Droga5). Gerson, who has been with Universal Music for almost three years, sat down with Ad Age to discuss the intersection of marketing and music, the problems with streaming, her favorite app and more.

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