Universal Motown Records

  1. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  2. Sylvia Rhone Appointed President of Epic

    March 19, 2014 9:01 AM EDT Sylvia Rhone has been named president of Epic Records. The appointment comes a year after Rhone launched Vested in Culture (VIC), her joint venture with Epic. VIC will remain an imprint of the label. Rhone will report to Epic chairman/CEO Ant ...

  3. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone to Run New Label Through Epic

    February 14, 2012 8:14 AM EST Sylvia Rhone with L.A. Reid at Essence's tribute to Rhone and Kelly Rowland in Los Angeles last week. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) It looks like L.A. Reid's appearance at Essence magazine's tribute to Sylvia Rhone last week was t ...

  4. Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records

    August 10, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemariam, Senior VP of Motown Records Universal Music Group today announced what it described as "the first in a number of new appointments at Motown Records" in promoting Ethiopia Habtemariam to Senior Vice President of Moto ...

  5. Tom Whalley, Rob Stevenson In Talks to Join Universal Music Group: Sources

    July 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The reshaping of the Universal Music Group continues. With executives like Motown president Sylvia Rhone turning down an offer from the company to run a to-be-created rights-management company and Universal Motown Republic Group chairman Mel Lewin ...

  6. Is Sylvia Rhone Headed to Sony to Restart Portrait Records?

    July 21, 2011 8:59 AM EDT The New York Post reported early Thursday morning that former Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone is heading to Sony to restore the defunct Portrait label, where she would work closely with new Epic head L.A. Reid . The move, which has been lo ...

  7. Universal Music/Motown Update: What Are the Next Moves?

    June 17, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The long-expected reconfiguration of the Universal Music Group's East Coast labels began unfolding today, leaving two separate major labels -- the Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Motown Republic Group -- with shared services in selec ...

  8. Universal Motown Republic and Island Def Jam Announce New Structure, Layoffs Taking Place Today

    June 17, 2011 4:10 PM EDT In the wake of Sylvia Rhone's departure from Universal Motown last month, Universal Motown Republic Group and Island Def Jam Music Group today announced a new centralized back-office structure and a "mandate to dramatically increase arti ...

  9. Motown Is Not Folding, Universal Executives Insist

    June 08, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Although Universal-Motown recording artist Erykah Badu tweeted that "Motown folded" on Wednesday afternoon, top executives at Universal told Billboard.biz that although the label is undergoing restructuring the the wake of Sylvia Rhone&# ...

  10. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone Leaves Universal Motown -- But May Remain at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 6:27 PM EDT It's official: As speculated by Billboard.biz yesterday , Sylvia Rhone has left her post at Universal Motown -- but she may not be leaving Universal Music Group. According to sources, Rhone is still waiting on the final details of a new posit ...

  11. Sylvia Rhone, Ron Fair Expected to Exit in Forthcoming Universal Music Shuffle

    May 19, 2011 10:25 PM EDT The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as som ...

  12. Is Sylvia Rhone Leaving Universal?

    April 29, 2011 10:42 PM EDT While there has been recent talk of a Sylvia Rhone exit from Universal Motown, the UMG-owned label she's run since being named president in 2004, it may not be outside the company, says a source. With a year left on her contract, Rhone, who&# ...

  13. Barry Weiss Named Chairman/CEO Of Island Def Jam And Universal Motown Republic Group

    March 17, 2011 5:53 PM EDT It's official. Barry Weiss has been named Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group. The appointment comes on the heels of Antonio "L.A." Reid's departure from IDJ , which was announced today. Acc ...

  14. Top Producers Spin Unique Tributes On 'Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite'

    August 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As a tribute to Michael Jackson and his early work, Universal Motown Records has tapped an all-star group of producers to put a new spin on the late pop star's catalog. "Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite" features 25 remixes of Jacks ...

  15. Drake Signing Sparks Skirmish At Universal

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There's a glitch in the Universal matrix and it involves Drake. Earlier this summer, Billboard.biz reported that while sources predicted the Toronto-raised rapper was likely to sign with Universal Motown, 22-year-old Drake inked a deal direct ...

  16. Original Signal Signs Marketing/Distro Deal With Universal

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Original Signal Recordings and Universal Motown Records have entered a partnership under which the Universal imprint will provide select marketing and promotional services for certain OSR releases, while the major's indie distributor Fontana ...

  17. Universal Motown, Hearst Partner For 'Prom'

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown and Hearst Magazines Digital Media are partnering for the first time to present "The Ultimate Prom," a multi-platform, interactive promotion. Universal Motown artists Jojo, Lloyd, Suai and Jada -- as well as a surprise m ...

  18. UMRG Names Marolda CFO

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown Republic Group (UMRG) has named George Marolda CFO. Based in New York, Marolda will report to UMRG chairman Mel Lewinter. In his new role, Marolda will oversee all financial functions of the label group, including planning, foreca ...

  19. Gordy, Jimmy Jam Honored For Accomplishments

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In honor of their industry accomplishments, Motown Records founder/chairman Berry Gordy Jr. and award-winning songwriter/producer Jimmy Jam were saluted during a luncheon today (Feb. 8). Presented by Universal/Motown, EMI and a new consortium name ...

  20. Wright Named Senior VP At Universal Republic

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Elise Wright has been appointed senior VP of urban music for Universal Republic Records. She reports to Monte Lipman, president and CEO of the label. Wright most recently served as VP of marketing for Universal Motown, a position she took in 2005. ...

  21. Lipman Named Co-President Of Universal Republic

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Avery Lipman has been appointed co-president of Universal Republic Records. Lipman, most previously senior VP of the label, will report to Mel Lewinter, chairman of Universal Motown Republic Group, and will continue to be based in New York. Lipman ...

  22. Wright Named Senior VP At Universal Republic

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Elise Wright has been named senior VP of urban music at Universal Republic Records, a newly-created position. Wright reports directly to the label's president and CEO Monte Lipman. Previous positions for Wright include VP of marketing, VP of ...

  23. Zamot Named Senior VP Of Publicity At Uni Motown

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tracy Zamot has been appointed senior VP of publicity and media relations for Universal Motown Records. Based in New York Zamot will report to Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown Records and Andrew Kronfeld, GM of the label. Prior to joini ...

  24. Universal Motown Boosts Marella To Senior VP

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most previously VP of promotion for the label. Gary Marella has been appointed senior VP of promotion and video for Universal Motown. Marella reports to Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown Records, and is based in New York. Previously, Mar ...

  25. Uni Motown Names Urban Promotion VP

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wilson exits Atlantic for role. Colleen Wilson has been appointed VP of urban promotions for Universal Motown Records. She reports to Michael Horton, senior VP of urban promotions for Universal Motown Records Group, and is based in New York. " ...

  26. Bynum Upped At Universal Motown

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Appointed VP of marketing. Katina Bynum has been appointed VP of marketing for Universal Motown Records. She reports to Shanti Das, executive VP of marketing for Universal Motown Records, and is based in New York. Previously Bynum was senior direc ...

  27. Universal Motown Names Senior Video VP

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gina Harrell previously held roles at Elektra. Gina Harrell has been appointed senior VP of Video Production for the Universal Motown Records Group (UMRG). Harrell reports to Mel Lewinter, chairman/CEO of UMRG; Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal ...

  28. Brummels Promoted At Universal Motown

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named VP of creative services for the records group. Sandra Brummels has been named VP of creative services for Universal Motown Records Group. She reports to David Ellner, CFO and senior VP of operations for UMRG, and is based in New York. Previo ...

  29. Universal Motown Ups Production Staffers

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rabin promoted to VP, Walker to senior director. Universal Motown Records Group (UMRG) has been appointed Jill Rabin VP of production. She reports to David Ellner, CFO/senior VP of operations for UMRG and is based in New York. “Jill is a bright, y ...

  30. Universal Motown Names Senior Int'l VP

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kirk Harding moves to role from SRC Records. Universal Motown Records Group has promoted Kirk Harding to senior VP of international. He reports to Andrew Kronfeld, GM of Universal Motown and is based in New York. Harding was most recently executiv ...

  31. Reinert Promoted At Uni Motown Records Group

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Becomes executive VP of business and legal affairs. Michael Reinert has been promoted to executive VP of business and legal affairs for Universal Motown Records Group (UMRG). Reinert, based in New York, will continue to report directly to Mel Lewi ...

  32. Universal Motown Splits In Two

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rhone, Lipman to head two distinct labels. As has been rumored, Universal Motown Records Group is expanding into two distinct labels. Sylvia Rhone will be president of Universal Motown and Monte Lipman will be president of Universal Republic. The ...

  33. Universal Names Publicity VP

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jay Wilson promoted from senior director. Jay Wilson has been appointed VP of publicity for Universal Records. Wilson reports to Serena Gallagher, senior VP of Pop/Rock publicity for Universal Motown Records Group and he continues to be based in N ...

  34. New Marketing VP At UMMI

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hansdotter to develop music mobile strategies. Universal Music Mobile International has appointed Nina Hansdotter VP of marketing and A&R, effective immediately. She is based in London and reports to Paris-based UMMI president Cedric Ponsot. H ...

  35. Nathan Moved Up At Universal Motown

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to senior VP role. David Nathan has been promoted to senior VP of video promotion for the Universal Motown Records Group. He will be based in New York City and reports jointly to Monte Lipman, president of Universal Records and Sylvia Rho ...

  36. Uni Motown Names Key A&R Exec

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Eric Nicks has joined Universal Motown Records Group as senior VP of A&R. Eric Nicks has joined Universal Motown Records Group as senior VP of A&R. Nicks was most recently senior VP of A&R at Columbia Records. He began his career a ...

  37. Uni Motown Names Urban Promo VP

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Madison joins from Elektra. Universal Motown has named Michelle Madison as VP of urban promotion. Madison was VP of R&B promotion at Elektra Entertainment Group, where she worked closely with Sylvia Rhone, who is now president of Motown and ex ...

  38. Uni Motown Ups Kronfeld To GM

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown Records Group has promoted Andrew Kronfeld from executive VP to GM. Universal Motown Records Group has promoted Andrew Kronfeld from executive VP to GM. In his new position, New York-based Kronfeld reports to Universal Motown chai ...

  39. Universal Motown Taps Baach For VP Post

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown Records Group has appointed Larry Baach VP of new media and digital strategies. He was a director of strategic label services, New York, in Universal Music Group's information technol Universal Motown Records Group has appoin ...

  40. Trackmasters' Tone Joins Uni Motown

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Production/label vet named exec VP of A&R. Universal Motown Records Group has named Samuel "Tone" Barnes, of producing duo the Trackmasters, as executive VP of A&R. Based in New York, he reports to Sylvia Rhone, president of ...

  41. Rhone Motown Prez

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sylvia Rhone has joined Universal Music Group as president of Motown Records and executive VP of Universal Records. Rhone, the former chairman/CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group, will report to Mel Le Sylvia Rhone has joined Universal Music Group ...

  42. Rhone Gets Dual Motown/Universal Post

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000630909">As expected</A>, Sylvia Rhone has joined Universal Music Group as president of Motown Records and As expected , Sylvia Rhon ...

  43. Doug Morris In Re-Up Talks

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A source confirms that Doug Morris is in negotiations to re-up as chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group, although his current contract does not run out until mid-2005. The new deal, which would run fo A source confirms that Doug Morris is in negot ...

  44. Universal Motown To Welcome Rhone

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sylvia Rhone will join the Universal Motown Records Group (UMRG) at the beginning of October, say sources. Her new title is expected to be announced within the next two weeks. Sylvia Rhone will join the Universal Motown Records Group (UMRG) at the ...

  45. Kedar Massenburg Exits Motown

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT President/CEO will start new label venture. Kedar Massenburg is exiting his post as president/CEO of Motown. According to inside sources, Massenburg -- who re-signed with the label last December -- will begin a new label venture that will leverage ...