MARGEAUX WATSON APPOINTED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA RELATIONS, UNIVERSAL MOTOWN RECORDS
NEW YORK, NY, Monday, April, 13, 2009 – Margeaux Watson has been appointed Senior Vice President of Media Relations for Universal Motown Records, it was announced today by Sylvia Rhone, President of Universal Motown Records, and Andrew Kronfeld, General Manager of the label.
In this new role, Ms. Watson will be responsible for developing and implementing media strategies for Universal Motown’s diverse roster of artists, which includes Lil Wayne, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Akon, Kid Cudi, Blue October, Shiny Toy Guns, Asher Roth, Forever The Sickest Kids and Q-Tip, among many others.
“As we further our leadership in the marketplace, we are continuing to reorganize and strengthen our operations and services to our artists,” stated Ms. Rhone. “And we couldn’t be more pleased to have Margeaux join our team. She brings a fresh perspective and a breadth of experience to Universal Motown that we have not had before. We are looking forward to her immediate contributions.”
“With her tremendous energy, musical taste and impressive track record, we are confident that Margeaux will play a key role in helping us take our artists to the next level,” commented Mr. Kronfeld.
“I am tremendously grateful to Sylvia Rhone and Andrew Kronfeld for inviting me to bring a fresh perspective to Universal Motown’s Media Relations team by drawing on my professional experience as a print, online, and television journalist,” added Ms. Watson. “Having worked in media for the last 15 years, I understand how the playing field has changed and I look forward to collaborating with Universal Motown’s staff and artists to execute innovative publicity strategies designed to succeed in the ever-evolving world of new media.”
For over a decade, Ms. Watson has been one of the most prominent music journalists, who has earned numerous accolades. Most recently, she served as a staff writer and blogger for Entertainment Weekly, and previously, served as the Arts and Entertainment Editor for Suede magazine and Senior Editor at Vibe magazine. She has also held positions at Time Out New York, including Music Writer and Around Town Editor. Ms. Watson has also helped edit two books: Tupac Shakur: 1971 – 1996 and The Vibe History of Hip-Hop. She wrote a chapter for Vibe: Hip-Hop Divas and contributed an essay to Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, including ELLE girl, Essence, GQ, Interview, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Spin, Travel + Leisure, Vibe and XXL. In addition to writing, Ms. Watson has also appeared as an entertainment expert on television programs such as ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s American Morning, VH1’s The Fabulous Life and MTV News.
About Universal Motown Records
Universal Motown Records is a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South 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 includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog 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, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.