New York, New York, April 4, 2005–Universal Motown Records Group has appointed Eric Nicks to Senior Vice President of A&R, it was announced by Samuel ‘Tone’ Barnes, Executive Vice President of A&R for the company.

“I’ve known Eric for many years, and he is the ultimate hip-hop executive, as well as a trusted friend and colleague,” stated Mr. Barnes. “Eric’s keen instincts, coupled with his amazing gift for assessing talent and ability to navigate the constantly changing complexities of the urban music landscape make him a natural for this position. I’m confident he will become an invaluable asset to the entire Universal Music Group.”

“My goal is to make a lot of hits, not a lot of hype,” added Mr. Nicks. “I’ve known Tone since high school, and we’ve always shared a common bond when it comes to the mission of assessing and nurturing exciting new music. I look forward to working closely with Tone, the great Universal staff, and of course, Sylvia Rhone, whose reputation as a phenomenal music executive is second to none.”

Prior to joining Universal Motown, Mr. Nicks served as Senior Vice President of A&R for Sony Records. Mr. Nicks began his career in the music industry at Violator Management, where he helped guide the careers of such artists as LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Noriega, and Foxy Brown, among others. His background also includes serving as Vice President of A&R for Def Jam Records, where he worked closely with such artists as LL Cool J and Ghostface, and running his own management company, EVision Entertainment.

Universal Motown Records Group is a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries around the world. 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 A&M Records, Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, MCA Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.).

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