MI2N
Music Industry News Network
MONDAY, JULY 25TH
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
Subscribe to Mi2N's Free Newsletters B2N (business) i2N (indie)
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Label News (more headlines) 04-19-2014

Universal Music Group Re-Establishes Def Jam Recordings, Motown Records And Island Records As Stand-Alone Labels

Bookmark and Share

Universal Music Group (UMG) announced a reorganization of its East Coast recorded music operations that re-establishes Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Motown Records as stand-alone labels within the UMG family. The iconic labels will build on their unique strengths by enhancing their individual management, marketing, publicity and A&R teams and re-emerge as distinct creative enterprises.

In 1999, Def Jam, Island and Motown were consolidated into the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ). Effective immediately, IDJ will cease to exist, and the other label brands previously associated with IDJ will be realigned under the three flagship labels, Def Jam, Island and Motown.

In making the announcement, Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG said, "UMG is a collection of some of the greatest record labels the industry has ever seen. At the heart of these great companies is the vision and creative instincts of a team of passionate professionals. At UMG, our labels are empowered to be entrepreneurial and take creative risks. By re-establishing Def Jam, Island and Motown as stand-alone labels within the UMG family, we're positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success."

Under the new structure:

Def Jam Recordings will be led by Steve Bartels, who has been promoted to CEO of the label. Previously Bartels served as President & COO of IDJ. In addition, he announced that renowned music industry executives, Dion "No I.D." Wilson and Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, have been appointed Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of A&R. Together, the team will focus on furthering Def Jam's legacy as a label that has a profound impact on popular culture.

Ethiopia Habtemariam, SVP of Motown Records, has been promoted to President of the label. Furthermore, Motown will return to Los Angeles, the label's longest-serving home, where it was based for nearly 25 years beginning in 1972. Motown will be a freestanding label within Capitol Music Group, alongside such iconic labels as Blue Note, Harvest and Virgin Records, among others. Capitol was recently acquired in connection with UMG's purchase of EMI. Since becoming a part of UMG, Capitol has been revitalized and expanded to become one of the industry's most powerful creative centers. Habtemariam will also continue in her current role as EVP/Head of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing Group.

Island Records, under the leadership of David Massey, will expand its own marketing, publicity and A&R departments to grow the Island brand and produce the best in rock, alternative and pop music. Island will also have the ability to draw upon the promotional resources of UMG's Republic Records, the No. 1 U.S. label in 2013 based on current album marketshare.

Karen Kwak, EVP/Head of A&R for IDJ has been promoted to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President A&R, U.S. Recorded Music. In this new position, Kwak will serve all of UMG's labels in the U.S.

With the transition of IDJ into three stand-alone labels, Chairman and CEO, East Coast Label Group, Barry Weiss has decided to step down from his current position in order to enter into discussions with UMG about a new venture together.

Grainge said, "Barry is a terrific music executive who led our East Coast labels during a critical time of transition. I can't say enough about his contributions to our labels or to thank him enough. He has positioned Def Jam, Island, Motown and Republic for new levels of growth."

Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

Canadian Artist Hennie Bekker Brings Benefits Of Music Therapy In Latest New Age Album

"Wanna Be Happy?" enjoys Top Spot For 45 Weeks

Grammy Nominated Producer, George Nash Jr., Launches New Music Company To Support Peace And Healing

Return Of The R&B Soul Bands!

Heavy #16 In Hong Kong 4 August 2016

Call-For-Songs For Chinese Valentine's Day (Qixi Festival)

Robert Kramer Releases "The Place They Call New Orleans"



MusicDish*China Song Blast
Promote Your Music Single In China

News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» Statement From The AIMP, A2IM And CMPA Regarding The DoJ Position On 100% Licensing
» Black Lion Audio Releases The Micro Clock MkIII XB
» Brielle Von Hugel Inks Deal With Freedom Records
» 4 Features Film Company Releases Trailer For New Feature Film
» Up And Coming Artist Nayan’s New Single ‘Butter’ On Radio
» Music Entertainment Exec Anastasia Brown Joins American Supergroup Production
» Call-For-Songs For Chinese Valentine's Day (Qixi Festival)
» Standing Together For Justice Concert And Benefit July 18th, 2016 Cleveland, OH
» Robert Kramer Releases "The Place They Call New Orleans"
» Local Artist Helps Deliver More Effective Corporate Training Through Live Music


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» Viacom TV Launches New Artist Discovery Platform
» Heavy #16 In Hong Kong 4 August 2016 - Hard Rock & Metal Goodness
» Millennials Turn From Radio To Embrace Streaming
» The Underground Summer Festival In Hong Kong
» Research Finds Audible Differences With High-Resolution Audio
» Morbid Goats Farewell Tour And Digital Album Release
» Alisa Apps Files Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group And John Newman
» MusicDish*China Music Releases, Charts, MV Premiere And Radio Feature
» Andreas Carlsson Becomes Advisor And Investor In Soundtrap
» Adva Mobile Fan Engagement Score (ES)
» MusicDish*China Presents Ji, Yui And Nagi Trio For A Night At The Museums
» South Korea's YG Entertainment Attracts Chinese Investment

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2015 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.