STATEMENT OF SIR LUCIAN GRAINGE, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, ON THE PASSING OF GLEN CAMPBELL

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SANTA MONICA, AUG. 8, 2017: “Glen Campbell will forever be an essential part of the fabric of American music. He is not only one of the most versatile and brilliant artists ever to grace us, but he is someone who over the course of a remarkable fifty-plus year career, remained as relevant and productive until his final years.”

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Scott Greer Named Executive Vice President Of Marketing & Commerce, Def Jam Recordings

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NEW YORK, August 16, 2017 – Scott Greer has been named Executive Vice President of Marketing & Commerce, Def Jam Recordings, it was announced today.  In his new position, Greer will join Def Jam’s senior executive team in leading the legendary label forward, and will immediately oversee the company’s marketing, digital, commerce, branding and creative content initiatives.

Greer’s impressive resume includes a six-year tenure as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Columbia Records and most recently three years as Executive Vice President of the Capitol Music Group. Throughout his extensive career, Greer has been renowned for his creative vision and marketing acumen. He has created and overseen chart-topping, multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning campaigns for some the most important and successful artists working today, including Adele, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Sam Smith, Halsey, Daft Punk, Jack White, Pharrell Williams, J Cole, Beck, Mary J. Blige and John Legend.

Greer said, “Def Jam is a truly iconic label. Very few brands have been as synonymous with quality and as definitive of the culture as Def Jam Recordings. Now more than ever, we are seeing the global reach of that culture, and Def Jam is rightfully at its center. Authenticity and cutting-edge artistry have always been at the core of Def Jam’s spirit, and its incredible roster includes some of the most influential voices and exciting new trailblazers in music today. I am thrilled to be joining the team at Def Jam, and honored to be part of its great cultural legacy.”

About Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam Recordings was founded in 1984 by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, and has represented the very best in cutting edge music and youth culture for over 30 years. Def Jam Recordings began as a maverick independent label inspired by downtown New York’s vibrant street culture and the emerging sound of hip-hop, pioneering iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and Kanye West. Now in its fourth decade, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars like Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Logic, Vince Staples, Jeremih, Jeezy, Big Sean, YG, 2 Chainz, Desiigner, Bibi Bourelly and Jhene Aiko, among others.

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MUSIC EXECUTIVE BRIAN NOLAN NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SEVENTEENFIFTY

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LOS ANGELES, October 3, 2017 – According to Jubelirer, “Brian has such a broad-base of experience within the music industry, and he has clearly excelled in every position he’s held.   He knows the intricacies of artist development first-hand, and is so well-suited to integrating the role of seventeenfifty into our overall marketing efforts to build and enhance careers in ways that are consistent with the creative paths and images of our artists.  We are thrilled that Brian has joined the CMG family.”

Nolan said, “I want to thank Steve Barnett, Michelle Jubelirer, and Ashley Newton for the incredible opportunity to lead seventeenfifty.  Producing game-changing opportunities that align with the creative visions of our artists is at the core of our department, and we will do that better than any of our competitors.”

Brian Nolan comes to Capitol after 12 years at Columbia Records/Sony Music, most recently as Columbia’s Vice President of International Marketing.  In that role, he led the international marketing campaign for David Bowie’s ? album, one of the biggest-selling worldwide releases of 2016.  He also led international marketing campaigns for Depeche Mode, John Mayer and Russ, to name a few.  Prior to assuming that role, Nolan was Vice President of Sony Music’s in-house Creative Agency, where he co-created Culinary Beats – a CITI-branded original series that aired for two seasons on Yahoo! – andOn The Road, which aired on The Travel Channel.  He is also an Executive Producer of YouTube’sBest.Cover.Ever original series, which is airing this Fall.

Among his many achievements within the branding/licensing space, Nolan secured global advertising campaigns for Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” with Ford, Leon Bridges’ “Coming Home” for Apple and “River” for Beats by Dre.  A leader in the sports marketing space, his countless partnerships with ESPN included a label wide collaboration for the 2014 College Football season.   Nolan also secured Turner Sports promotional campaigns for Bruce Springsteen’s “Land of Hopes and Dreams” in MLB’s 2012 Playoffs, AC/DC’s “Play Ball” in MLB’s 2014 Playoffs and Pharrell Williams’ “Come Get It Bae” in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

Nolan spent 6 years in the Columbia Records Rhythm Promotion department rising to Senior Director of Rhythm Promotion in 2011.  He played an integral role in the breaking of J. Cole, culminating in the success of that artist’s triple platinum 2014 Forest Hills Drive album.  J. Cole, himself, recognized Nolan’s commitment and achievements on his behalf by prominently referencing Brian on that album’s “Note To Self.”  Nolan’s success as a promotion executive also included groundbreaking airplay campaigns for Beyoncé, Adele, John Legend and Three 6 Mafia.

Brian Nolan was named of one of Linkedin’s Next Wave in 2015 and was featured in ESPN Magazine’s Music Issue that same year.  He was one of Billboard Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2014, 30 Under 30 in 2009 and Street Information Network’s (S.I.N.) Mixshow Executive of the Year in 2008.  Nolan is a member of the East Coast MusiCares Ambassadors Board.

He began his career working in the mailroom at BMG in 2002, a post he held for two years before his tenure at Columbia Records.

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STATEMENT OF BRUCE RESNIKOFF, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES, ON THE PASSING OF TOM PETTY

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SANTA MONICA, October 6, 2017 — “Without a doubt, Tom Petty was one of the greatest recording artists, songwriters and performers to ever pick up a guitar. He was an innovator and a visionary, with a singular voice and songs that served as the soundtrack to the lives of his many passionate fans around the world. We join Tom’s family, his bandmates, friends and fans in mourning the loss of this remarkable artist and human. His influence on music will continue to be felt for generations to come.”

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DEF JAM RECORDINGS NAMES STEVEN VICTOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF A&R

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NEW YORK, October 17, 2017 – Steven Victor, respected artist manager and A&R executive, is joining Def Jam Recordings, effective immediately, as Executive Vice President and Head of A&R. He will join the legendary label’s senior executive team, leading the company’s creative initiatives and overseeing its talented A&R department.

Victor comes to Def Jam with an extensive network of artists, writers and producers that he developed in his roles as a manager heading William Victor Management, Chief Operating Officer of G.O.O.D Music and Senior Vice President of A&R for the Universal Music Group. Victor will be based in Def Jam’s New York offices and report to Paul Rosenberg, who will become CEO of the label on January 1, 2018.

Victor said, “I’ve worked within the Def Jam family for years and am honored to be part of the new leadership driving the future success of this iconic label. I’m genuinely excited to continue Russell and Rick’s legacy of discovering and developing new artists while creating new opportunities for our incredible talent. I’d like to thank Sir Lucian and Paul for trusting me with this task and look forward to working with the A&R and management teams at Def Jam.”

Victor began his career in the publicity department of Interscope Geffen A&M, working with artists including Nelly Furtado, Jadakiss and Clipse. He has played an integral role as the Chief Operating Officer of G.O.O.D Music, a joint venture with Kanye West and Def Jam. He has also lead the careers of artists through his management company, William Victor Management whose clients include Pusha T and Dream.

Most recently, Victor signed, developed and helped break hip hop artist Desiigner, whose debut single “Panda” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 7 and held that position for two consecutive weeks. The song, which has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, hit No. 2 on Digital Songs chart and topped both charts for Streaming Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

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It’s More Than Just For Laughs At 604 Records

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Jonathan Simkin and Chad Kroeger’s Vancouver-based record label, 604 Records, is prepping a clutch of four original albums from some of Canada’s most talented comics.

Over the next six months, records from Sirius XM Top Comic Finalists Gavin Matts and Kyle Bottom, noted Vancouver comic Charlie Demers, and musical comedian Shirley Gnome will be available through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and streaming services.

Each release is to be accompanied by a live-stream event.

“Each of these albums has its unique flavour of comedy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all nominated for the Best Comedy Record Award that was recently reinstated at the Junos,” said Simkin, President and Co-founder of 604 Records.

“Although we are new to the comedy world, I was shocked to learn that Best Comedy Album had been removed as a Juno category years ago. I initiated a dialogue with CARAS, brought in some key people from the comedy world to continue that discussion, and am thrilled now that the category will be returning for the Junos in Vancouver next year.  We love having the opportunity to work with the incredible comedic talent within Canada, and this is only the beginning. 604 Records plans to continue signing the best in Canadian comedy, and will be releasing additional albums next year.”

Founded in 2001, 604 Records is the independent record company co-owned by Nickelback singer Kroeger and attorney Simkin. The company expanded its catalogue in 2016 to include comedy and its first comedic release, Dreamboat from Kevin Banner, went to #1 on the iTunes comedy chart.

Now one of the successful independent record labels in the country, with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, 604 has had success with releases in all genres including rock (Theory of a Deadman), pop (Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, Coleman Hell), alternative (The Zolas) and country (Dallas Smith, Jojo Mason).

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