New York, New York, March 4, 2005…Michelle Madison has been appointed Vice President, Urban Promotion for Universal Motown, announced Michael Horton, Senior Vice President of Promotion for Universal Motown. “Michelle brings with her tremendous experience and a keen insight into the always changing promotion arena, stated Mr. Horton. “The entire staff joins me in welcoming Michelle in her new role.”

Stated Sylvia Rhone, President of Motown and Executive Vice President of Universal: “I’ve worked with Michelle for many years and know her to be a dedicated executive. She is not only at the top of the promotion game, but instinctively understands the bigger view of how to break an artist, approaching every challenge with unwavering tenacity and determination. Her expertise, as well as her enthusiasm, make her an invaluable asset to the entire company.”

Most recently, Ms. Madison was Vice President, R&B Promotion at the Elektra Entertainment Group, Warner Music Group Company. Ms. Madison was named R&R Urban Executive of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In 2002, Ms. Madison won the Impact Award for Excellence.

Ms. Madison has worked with numerous award winning artists through the years, including Missy Elliott, En Vogue, Busta Rhymes, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker, Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat, Yolanda Adams, Lil Mo and others.

A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, Ms. Madison began her career in the music business at her college radio station WCLK. MS. Madison later went on to expand her radio career in the Austin and Dallas markets. Ms. Madison currently serves on the Board of NABFEME, a mentoring and empowerment organization for women of color in the entertainment industry.

UMG consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, 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 Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.