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Universal Music Group Nashville has elevated its vice president of promotion, Shane Allen, to head of promotion at Capitol Records Nashville starting in the new year. Allen will succeed Steve Hodges, who is leaving Capitol, the label group announced on Thursday.
Allen joined Capitol in 2007 as vp of promotion and in 2012 his role was expanded to cover all four labels under UMGN, including Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Records Nashville and Mercury Records Nashville. He previously held positions at Universal South, MCA Records Nashville and Mercury Records Nashville, as well as Red Light Management.
Royce Risser, UMG Nashville's svp of promotion, calls Allen "one of the best promotion executives" in the music business. "Shane has been a critical component in all our labels' success at radio, which makes him the perfect person to take the helm of Capitol Nashville," he adds. "His leadership style, his ability to form solid relationships, and most importantly, his passion and commitment to the Capitol Nashville roster will position Shane for continued success in his new role."
In making the announcement, Allen also gave the exiting Hodges a shout out. "He will be missed but will remain a close friend and we wish him well in his future endeavors." The label did not offer details of Hodges' departure, only that he'll "pursue a new opportunity."
The shakeup in Nashville follows last week's round of layoffs affecting the publicity department at several Capitol Music Group labels. Billboard reported that a dozen staffers, including Katy Perry's longtime publicist, were let go as part of chairman Steve Barnett's ongoing evaluation of the company.