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Michelle Jubelirer Named Capitol Music Group Chair and CEO

Michelle Jubelirer has been promoted to chair and CEO of Capitol Music Group, reporting to UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge.

Michelle Jubelirer has been promoted to chair and CEO of Capitol Music Group, reporting to UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge.

Jubelirer joined CMG in 2013 as executive vice president and ascended to chief operating officer in 2015 and then president in 2020. Jeff Vaughn, who was named CMG chairman/CEO earlier this year after coming in as president of Capitol Records in 2020, has left the company.

In her new role, Jubelirer will oversee Capitol Records, Blue Note Records, Astralwerks, Harvest Records, Capitol Christian Music Group and Virgin Music Label and Artist Services. She becomes the first woman  to head the company in its 80-year history.

“Michelle is a highly experienced executive and inspiring leader who has been integral to the success of Capitol Music Group since we relaunched the company nearly ten years ago,” Grainge said in a statement. “She is a fierce advocate for artists, a savvy deal maker and a hands-on builder of partnerships within the industry and creative communities. I’m confident that Michelle will strengthen CMG’s 80-year legacy and lead the company to new levels of success and influence, and I congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion to Chair & CEO.”

The Pittsburgh native, who has been instrumental in the success of Halsey, Beck, Maggie Rogers, Lewis Capaldi and Toosii,  began her career as an attorney in mergers and acquisitions in 1999. She then joined Sony Music as in-house counsel before spending eight years at King, Holmes, Paterno and Berliner, where she represented such acts as Frank Ocean, Nas, Avicii, and Pharrell.

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In a 2020 interview for The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, Jubelirer talked about going from representing artists against labels and how she is still on the acts’ side at CMG. “I still fight for the artists here,” she said.  “Ultimately I came here because I thought that I could make artists comfortable that they had an advocate within the building. I’ve really tried to stay true to that promise to myself.”

“I am grateful to Sir Lucian and everyone within UMG who continue to support me and the incredible team of creative and hard-working professionals at CMG,” Jubelirer said in a statement. “Lucian fosters a company culture in which music and artistry are always the priority, and I will continue to dedicate myself to that ethos by advocating for our artists and helping them to achieve their dreams. I am also committed to further establishing diversity and inclusion as our norm, while nurturing our executive talent and helping them develop into the next generation of industry leaders. This is such an exciting time in music and I’m thrilled and humbled to be leading such a dynamic Capitol Music Group, while at the same time honoring its historic legacy.”

In Vaughn’s first full year at the helm of CMG, the label group has fallen from fourth to fifth in market share among the major labels, dropping from 7.51% to 6.78% — a figure that drops even lower once Motown’s 0.90% market share to date this year is removed, as it technically became a standalone label in March. CMG current marketshare –defined as titles released within the past 18 months — fell  from 7.36% in 2020 to 5.68% in 2021 to date.

“I would also like to thank Jeff Vaughn for his many contributions to Capitol and wish him nothing but the very best in his new endeavors,” Grainge said in a statement.

Dan Rys provided assistance on this story.