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MARTHE REYNOLDS PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RHYTHM AND CROSSOVER PROMOTION, ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP

July 8, 2005 – New York, NY- Marthe Reynolds has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Rhythm and Crossover Promotion, Island Def Jam Music Group, it was announced today by Greg Thompson, Executive Vice President, Promotion, Island Def Jam Music Group.

In her new role, Ms. Reynolds will be responsible for strategizing with the Urban and Pop promotion staffs and her West Coast counterpart to maximize radio airplay on behalf of IDJ artists. She will work closely with the artists on the IDJ group of labels including Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella, Disturbing Tha Peace, the Russell Simmons Music Group, the Damon Dash Music Group, The Inc, and Island Records to ensure their music a place at the top of the Rhythm charts and beyond. Ms. Reynolds, who is based in New York, will report directly to Mr. Thompson.

“This is well deserved recognition for the quintessential crossover promotion executive,” said Thompson. “Her passion and dedication to our artists and staff is undeniable. I am honored to be working closely with Marthe and our team as we take Island Def Jam to new heights.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue serving our artists at Island Def Jam, which has been my home for the last 12 years,” said Ms. Reynolds. “My thanks go to Greg Thompson, L.A. Reid, Steve Bartels and Shawn Carter for believing in my abilities, and for their constant support and encouragement. I look forward to working with our excellent staff and breaking a lot of artists this year, as well as building upon the careers of artists we are already lucky enough to have.”

Ms. Reynolds has served as Vice President Rhythm Promotion, Island Def Jam Music Group since 2001. She first joined the company in 1993, as Senior Director, Crossover Promotion, Island Independent Labels, and the following year was appointed Senior Director, Rhythm Crossover Promotion, Island Def Jam Records, which post she held for the next seven years. During this time, she received numerous industry awards for Promotion Excellence and as Rhythm Executive of the Year, while Island Def Jam was consistently singled out as Rhythm Label of the Year. Ms. Reynolds began her career in 1986 at Omni Records in Philadelphia. In 1988, she moved to Vendetta/A&M Records where she spent three years as National Director, Crossover Promotion. In 1991, she began at PWL America/Chemistry Records as General Manager. Ms. Reynolds attended the University of Delaware, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History.

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