EMI Music has reorganized its Caroline distribution arm into three distinct units, focusing on repertoire, artist development and independent distribution.

The move comes a week after the major merged its U.S. label operations, creating the Capitol Music Group.

Caroline senior VP and GM, William Hein, will continue to oversee the new Caroline organization and will continue to report into EMI Music North America COO, Ivan Gavin.

The new repertoire unit will release and support EMI Music UK and EMI Music International product in the US through three labels: Astralwerks, which will continue to focus on electronic, dance and alternative music; Caroline Records, which will re-launch as a hard rock, metal and punk label; and Internationally Known, which will begin issuing physical and digital releases for some select international pop titles, as well as some digital-only titles.

Glenn Mendlinger will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Astralwerks label, taking the reins from Errol Kolosine, the label's current GM who will exiting the company in a few months. Jeff Rougvie has been tapped to manage the Caroline Records and the Internationally Known labels. Both will report directly to Hein.

The new artist development unit at Caroline will support the three labels in artist development, promotion, as well as digital and street marketing. This shared services unit will be made available to all of the independent labels distributed by Caroline as an optional service. The Astralwerks' promotion and marketing teams will move under the newly established artist development unit and will expand to include support for the Caroline Records and Internationally Known labels. Additionally, Caroline has brought on new regional and national radio promotion executives.

Imperial, which launched last year as an urban artist development and marketing services division, will also operate alongside this new rock-focused unit. Neil Levine, Imperial's senior VP and GM will continue to lead Imperial and report to Hein.

Ramsey Dean, most recently GM of Victory Records, will oversee the rock genre for the artist development unit. Dean will also report directly to Hein.

Caroline Distribution will continue to service the independent labels through marketing, promotion, digital marketing and global distribution for physical and digital music.