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Leading Christian Music Brand Re-signs with Capitol Christian Music Group, Extending Their Nine-Year History Following Landmark Year for Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Worship and Hillsong Young & Free

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NEWS SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
September 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES (September 4, 2019) – Today, Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) announced the renewal of their agreement for North America for Hillsong Music which includes the renowned Hillsong United, Hillsong Worship and Hillsong Young & Free. Since signing in 2010, Hillsong and Capitol have collectively spread songs containing the life-giving message of faith, hope and love impacting millions.

“Hillsong has been an amazing partner of Capitol Christian Music Group for a decade,” says Peter York (Chairman, CEO of Capitol CMG). “I am extremely honored to have signed another long term record and publishing deal with them! They are passionate about their music and their mission and exemplify true partnership in every aspect of our relationship. We are pleased to represent their products to consumers for many years to come because of the high bar they maintain for creative content & compelling artistry. They are uncompromising in their efforts to positively impact the lives of people around the world.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue working with such a groundbreaking church as Hillsong,” says Hudson Plachy, co-president of Capitol CCMG. “The worldwide impact of their music is unmatched in the genre, and we are incredibly grateful to continue our long term partnership.”

“It is our great pleasure to announce the continuation of our long-standing relationship with Capitol Christian Music Group in North America,” says Hillsong Church’s Global General Manager George Aghajanian. “We are excited about the passion that drives both organizations to see the worship that comes from the heart of our church, Hillsong Church, and the other songs we represent reach and touch so many lives worldwide. Working with the right partner that authentically represents who we are is of paramount importance to us, and we are thankful for the work Peter York, Hudson Plachy, Brad O’Donnell and the entire CCMG team consistently put in to help us service our songs to the Church and the community in North America.”

The leading brand in the Christian music space, Hillsong has redefined the genre with their chart-topping albums, achieving a level of commercial success never before seen within the genre.

Hillsong Worship has seen tremendous success alongside Capitol in recent years, most notably with their chart-topping singles “What a Beautiful Name” and “Who You Say I Am,” and their highly successful albums “There Is More” and “Let There Be Light.” In 2018, Hillsong Worship secured their first-ever GRAMMY Award for “What a Beautiful Name,” which additionally helped the anthem become the fastest growing song in modern church history. Their latest single “King of Kings” is quickly gaining momentum and tracking to become another staple in their vast catalog of songs sung by an estimated 50 million people worldwide each week.

Within the past decade, Hillsong UNITED has reached heights no other Christian contemporary band has with five consecutive no. 1 studio albums on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. Their latest album “PEOPLE” topped the Billboard 200 debuting at no. 2, securing one of the highest debuts ever from a Christian band on this chart. Recorded live in Sydney, Australia, “PEOPLE” showcased a wide range of new material including the breakout song “Good Grace” that set the record as UNITED’s highest streaming street week career single, which “Whole Heart” subsequently broke by an increase of 12% upon its release. In support of their new music, the group returned to the United States for the first time in nearly three years this past spring for their highly anticipated ‘People’ Tour. The arena circuit consisted of 33 shows before culminating at New York’s Madison Square Garden in July.

Hillsong Young & Free, the newest addition to the Hillsong music group, formed in 2013 with the underlying goal of targeting youth throughout the world with their revamped contemporary approach. With a total of three highly successful albums and over 20 singles released since their formation, Young & Free has played an integral role in helping the overarching Hillsong brand find commercial success. Since inception, the youth worship collective has acquired over 373 million YouTube channel views, garnered over 500 million global career streams with a 700,000 plus global unit career consumption, earned a combined social following of 3 million plus fans, and has seen five No. 1 career singles and eight Top 5 singles at Hot AC radio. Their debut album “We Are Young & Free” landed in the Top 25 on Billboard 200 while “Youth Revival” garnered the group its first-ever GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (2017).

For more information on Hillsong Music, visit

For more information on Capitol Music Group, visit

About Hillsong UNITED:
Hillsong UNITED is a multi-award-winning, platinum-selling artist whose chart successes (repeatedly No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian charts and up to No. 2 on Billboard 200) are only bested by the millions of lives they’ve impacted across the globe. Reporting over 50 million people singing from the Hillsong catalogue songs every Sunday, the modest band born from a youth ministry out of Hillsong Church in Australia, touts a reach of over 10.8 million across all major social network platforms to date, including over 2.1 billion minutes garnered from YouTube viewers. Comprised of an evolving, eclectic mix of musicians and songwriters, the band is led by Joel Houston and Taya, names that have become synonymous with Christian radio, dominating airwaves with every new release. Their last four studio albums have each topped the USA Christian chart, with "Zion" and "Empires" charting no. 1 ("Zion" recently also went Gold in the U.S.); “Oceans,” written by Houston and band member Matt Crocker recently went triple platinum in the States, counting 200+ million streams and reigning on top of the Christian songs chart for a record 54 weeks. In studio, on tour or at home, Hillsong UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound and connect people everywhere with God, evident by the success they’ve seen globally. With over 50 countries and six continents visited, Hillsong UNITED continues to sell out arenas and stadiums around the world, including sold-out nights at the Forum, STAPLES Center and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, The Toyota Center, Oracle Arena, Air Canada Arena, American Airlines Arena (Miami and Dallas), and Red Rocks to scratch the surface. Hillsong UNITED functions from the deep understanding that everything they do is an expression of a really extraordinary God doing what only He can do, through really ordinary people. For more information, visit

About Hillsong Worship:
Hillsong Worship exists to serve the global Church and equip believers everywhere with songs of Holy Spirit power that exalt and glorify the Name of Jesus, build the Church and fuel revival on the earth. With songs such as “What a Beautiful Name,” “Cornerstone,” “Mighty To Save,” “This I Believe (The Creed)” and “Who You Say I Am,” Hillsong Worships catalogue is sung by an estimated 50 million people worldwide each week. Featuring worship leaders and songwriters such as Brooke Ligertwood, Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Taya Gaukrodger, Aodhan King, David Ware and more, Hillsong Worship is committed to continuing its legacy of writing and leading songs that - by God’s grace - impact both individual devotion and congregational worship for the glory of God. For more information, visit

About Hillsong Young & Free:
GRAMMY® nominated Hillsong Young & Free is a youth movement born out of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. In this 30-year story, they have seen generations of people serving, leading and pioneering movements. Young & Free is comprised of a collective of young people who come together to make music for youth and young adults everywhere. Their first album “We Are Young & Free” (2013) and EP, “This Is Living” (2015), garnered a No. 1 spot on Billboard Top Christian /Gospel Albums Chart. Their “Youth Revival” (2016) album spawned multiple No. 1’s, landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart, and garnered the band its first GRAMMY® nomination. Breakout singles “P E A C E” and “Love Won’t Let Me Down” received positioning on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist reaching over 2.4M followers and “Love Won’t Let Me Down” hit #1 at Hot A/C. With millions of followers engaging in the social conversation and support from the most prominent music outlets around the world, Young & Free has scored five No. 1 radio singles and eight Top 5 singles at Hot AC radio. Their latest studio album “III,” has already amassed over 75 million streams and 75,000+ units in global consumption. For more information, visit

About Capitol Music Group:
Capitol Music Group (CMG) is comprised of Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Motown Records, Blue Note Records, Astralwerks, Harvest Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Priority Records, as well as Capitol Studios and the company's independent label services and distribution division, Caroline. Capitol Music Group is based in Hollywood, California in the iconic Capitol Tower.

Artists that record for CMG labels include: Ryan Adams, Erykah Badu, Banks, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Beck, Bee Gees, Jon Bellion, B.J. The Chicago Kid, Rosanne Cash, Christine and the Queens, Neil Diamond, Robert Glasper, Halsey, Don Henley, Hillsong United, Niall Horan, Illenium, Judah And The Lion, Tori Kelly, Kem, Lil Yachty, Charles Lloyd, tobyMac, Paul McCartney, Vic Mensa, Migos, NeYo, NF, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gregory Porter, Rich Homie Quan, Maggie Rogers, Calum Scott, Bob Seger, Troye Sivan and Chris Tomlin. For the U.S only: 5 Seconds Of Summer, Bastille, Disclosure, Empire Of The Sun, Glass Animals, MNEK and Sam Smith.

Capitol Music Group is a division of Universal Music Group, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi. For more information, visit

About Capitol Christian Music Group:
Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) is comprised of Capitol Christian Distribution, Capitol CMG Group, EMI CMG Publishing, Hillsong Music Australia, sixstepsrecords, Sparrow Records, ForeFront Records, Motown Gospel, Worship Together, Credential Recordings and NF Real Music, LLC. Capitol Music Group is based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Artists that record for CCMG include Amy Grant, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Chris McClarney, Chris Quilala, Chris Tomlin, Cody Carnes, Crowder, Danny Gokey, Hillsong United, Hillsong Worship, Hillsong Young & Free, Jeremy Camp, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Kim Walker-Smith, Mack Brock, Mandisa, Passion, Pat Barrett, Rend Collective, Riley Clemmons, Sean Curran, Social Club Misfits, The Young Escape, TobyMac, We The Kingdom. In addition to the record division, Capitol CMG has a successful publishing enterprise that is home to such noted writers as Tommee Profitt, Jonas Myrin, Ellie Holcomb, Sue Smith, Brenton Brown and David Garcia. 

Capitol Christian Music Group is a division of Universal Music Group, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi. For more information, visit


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