Island Def Jam is reviving the Mercury imprint in the U.S. and has tapped veteran Sony Music A&R executive David Massey to serve as president of the division.

Mercury -- which over the years has served as the U.S. home to acts like Bon Jovi, John Mellancamp, Def Leppard, Kiss, Rush, Rod Stewart, Cinderella, Fine Young Cannibals, and Tears For Fears -- ceased operating as a frontline label in North America in 1999 in the wake of the merger of Seagram and PolyGram.

In resurrecting Mercury, IDJ chairman/CEO L.A.

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