A report in Monday's The Guardian points to his ascent as a near certainty, positioning the 72-year-old music veteran as the most likely candidate to take outgoing chief executive Rolf Schmidt-Holtz's job. This would mark Morris' third stint at a major label, having held top positions at Atlantic Records in the 80s, Warner Music in the 90s and Universal since 1995, starting at the now dormant MCA and upon its merger with Polygram in 1998, Universal Music Group. It's there that Morris and Co.

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