Island Def Jam Breaks Up, Executives Shuffle Around…

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Universal Music Group is breaking up Island Def Jam Music Group. It will break up into three separately operating entities: Def Jam, Island, and Motown.

Of course, this leads to a big slew of executive shuffles:

  • Motown Records is moving to Los Angeles to join Capitol Music GroupEthiopia Habtemariam has been promoted from SVP to President. Habtemariam will also continue to be EVP and Head of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing Group.
  • Steve Bartels is the new CEO of Def Jam. He was previously President and COO. Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and Dion “NoI.D.” Wilson are the new EVPs and co-heads of A&R.
  • David Massey will continue to run Island Records as President. The labels will be adding publicity, marketing, and A&R departments.

Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of East Coast Labels at Universal, is stepping down. He is supposedly discussing a possible new venture with UMG.

UMG is promoting A&R executive Karen Kwak to EVP of A&R, U.S. Recorded Music.

When Nina Ulloa isn’t writing for DMN she’s usually developing P2P file sharing technology or contributing to TorrentFreak. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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