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MIKE DAVIS NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING, UNIVERSAL MUSIC & VIDEO DISTRIBUTION

Universal City, California, January 18, 2005 — Mike Davis has been named Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), it was announced today by Jim Urie, President of UMVD. Davis will be based at the company’s Universal City headquarters and reports directly to Urie. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales for UMVD.

As part of duties, Davis will oversee all aspects of sales and marketing for the company, including its continued aggressive expansion into the digital marketplace.

"Mike has quickly become an integral member of the UMVD team and has played a key role in the success of many of our initiatives," stated Urie. "He is a highly motivated, creative and passionate executive and we are pleased to expand the playing field for him even further with this well deserved promotion."

Universal Music and Video Distribution handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Universal Classics, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Univision Music Group, DreamWorks, Disa, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Ark 21, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos. UMVD also handles the distribution and sales for Visual Entertainment, the company’s home entertainment division.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

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