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MARK DiDia APPOINTED EVP/GENERAL MANAGER, ISLAND RECORDS

New York, NY, February 23, 2009 - Mark DiDia has been appointed EVP/General Manager, Island Records; it was announced today by Steve Bartels, President and COO, Island Def Jam Music Group. In this newly created position, Mr. DiDia will oversee all day-to-day operations of Island Records. Mr. DiDia, who is based in New York, will report directly to Mr. Bartels.

“Mark’s arrival at Island Records is perfectly timed to coincide with the label’s 50th anniversary this year,” said Mr. Bartels. “He brings a wealth of experience in every field of the business, respect from the major label artists with whom he’s worked, and a unique vision for Island’s future. We welcome him to IDJ’s senior management team and look forward to working together on the many exciting challenges that face us."

"I'm thrilled to join the legendary Island Records," said Mr. Didia. "I'm a true champion of the artists on the roster and I look forward to working closely with all of them."

Mr. DiDia comes to Island from Columbia Records, where he was Executive Vice President/General Manager. Prior to that, he was EVP/GM at Capitol Records, Hollywood Records and Def American Recordings. Mr. DiDia began his career in music at rock stations WXRK (K-Rock) in New York, and WYSP in Philadelphia, which lead to him being tapped as head of Promotion for Geffen Records.

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