(Los Angeles, CA) -Tom Sturges, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Universal Music Publishing Group, today announced the promotion of Ethiopia Habtemariam to Vice President, Urban Music. Habtemariam was previously Director, Urban Music, East Coast.

Based in New York, Habtemariam is responsible for finding and developing songwriters, artists, and producers for the urban music department of Universal Music Publishing Group. Recent acts signed by Habtemariam include top recording artists Ludacris, Ciara, Chris Brown, and Chamillionaire and incredible songwriters/producers Polow, Candice Nelson, Keri Hilson, and Needlz. In addition to talent acquisition, Habtemariam works to create new opportunities for the company’s current roster of writers to exploit catalog, and serve as a liaison between the writers, record companies and the publishing group in order to place songs and writers on upcoming artist projects, soundtracks, and compilations.

In making the announcement Sturges stated:Ethiopia has become one of the most respected and sought-after executives in the music business. Her ability to recognize and acquire talented writers, producers and artists is the reason why. She knows great music when she hears it, and she knows great artistry when she sees it. For ourselves and our many writer clients, we are thrilled to reward Ethiopia with this promotion.”

Habtemariam’s music publishing career has seen her work with influential writers and performers. She will continue her work with UMPG’s incredible urban roster which includes, Amerie, Andre Harris & Vidal Davis, Ashanti, Common, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Eve, Balewa Muhammad, Sanchez, Brian Kidd, Latif, Happy P, and many more.

About Universal Music Publishing Group

With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations. Owning or administering more than 1 million copyrights, UMPG’s writers and catalogs include: U2, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Dave Grohl, The Killers, Jet, Wolfmother, Ciara, Prince, Diana Krall, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Vanessa Carlton, Mary J. Blige, Eve, Musiq, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Fatboy Slim, DMX, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, the catalog of Henry Mancini, among many others. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.

About Universal Music Group Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 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 Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, 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, and Universal Music Mobile.

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