Ethiopia Habtemariam promoted to President of Motown Records

Ethiopia HabtemariamUNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has reorganized its EAST COAST recorded music operations that re-establishes DEF JAM RECORDINGS, ISLAND RECORDS and MOTOWN RECORDS as stand-alone labels within the UMG family.

Under the new structure:

  • ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM, SVP of MOTOWN RECORDS, has been promoted to President of the label.  Furthermore, MOTOWN will return to LOS ANGELES, the label’s longest-serving home, where it was based for nearly 25 years beginning in 1972.  MOTOWN will be a freestanding label within CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP, alongside such iconic labels as BLUE NOTE, HARVEST and VIRGIN RECORDS, among others.  CAPITOL was recently acquired in connection with UMG’s purchase of EMI.  HABTEMARIAM will also continue in her current role as EVP/Head of Urban Music at UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP.

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