New York, NY, September 18, 2006– Gary Marella has been appointed Senior Vice President of Promotion and Video for Universal Motown, it was announced today by Sylvia Rhone, President of Universal Motown Records.

“Gary possesses the rarest of qualities in a promotion executive,” stated Ms. Rhone. “A special insight into the changing complexities of promotion and exemplary instincts when it comes to expanding the reach of our artists. The entire company joins me on congratulating Gary on his new role.”

“I’m grateful to Sylvia Rhone and Mel Lewinter for providing me with such a tremendous opportunity,” stated Mr. Marella. “We’ve built a great team with a dedicated promotion staff whose professionalism and passion are second to none, and I look forward to furthering the impact of our great Universal Motown roster.”

Mr. Marella, whose duties include overseeing radio and video promotion for Universal Motown Records will report to Sylvia Rhone, President of Universal Motown Records. Previously, Mr. Marella was Vice President of Promotion for Universal Motown. Mr. Marella joined Universal in 2000 as Senior National Director of Rhythm Crossover Promotion. In 2003 Mr. Marella was appointed Vice President of promotion for Universal Motown.

Prior to joining Universal, Mr. Marella worked at Priority Records as a National Crossover Promotion representative.

Mr. Marella began his career in the music business in 1994 as an intern at Interscope Publishing.

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.