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Sylvia Rhone to leave Motown, confirmed

By | Published on Monday 23 May 2011

Universal Motown

Sylvia Rhone will step down as the boss of Universal’s Motown division, it has been confirmed. It’s the latest of a number of executive changes at the major since Lucian Grainge took over as top man from former CEO Doug Morris last year. However, as Billboard speculated last week, it looks likely that Rhone won’t exit Universal altogether; instead she will head up a new division working with artists on multi-revenue-stream ventures.

Rhone will be replaced at the top of Motown, but it is expected the new chief will have a more junior title, former Sony exec Barry Weiss having been slotted in as an extra level of management above the Universal Motown Republic Group in March.

Confirming Rhone’s move away from Motown, Universal said in a statement: “We remain committed to [this division] as a strong presence in the contemporary music scene. We will soon announce important additions to the staff and will further invest in building its artist roster so Motown can continue to bring to market the highest quality music that is best positioned to succeed artistically and commercially”.