New York, New York, December 11, 2007 – Universal Motown Republic Group (UMRG), a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has promoted Pat Monaco to Executive Vice President of Sales and Field Marketing. The announcement was made today by Mel Lewinter, UMRG’s Chairman and CEO. Formerly, Mr. Monaco served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Field Operations for the company.

Based in New York, Mr. Monaco will continue to report directly to Mel Lewinter, and additionally to Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records) and Sylvia Rhone (President, Universal Motown Records). In this expanded role, Mr. Monaco will oversee artist relations and all of the sales activities for UMRG and its affiliated labels.

“As we further our leadership in the marketplace, we are continuing to expand operations and services to our artists,” stated Mr. Lewinter. “Pat’s understanding of today’s retail landscape, record of building sales teams that deliver results and music savvy make him the ideal choice to continue leading our retail efforts.”

“Pat has proven to be the consummate executive whose patience and expertise has strengthened the marketplace presence of our artists and provided crucial strategic depth within our existing sales infrastructure and emerging business models,” commented Ms. Rhone. “We congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”

“As one of the industry’s most respected executives, Pat’s leadership has been crucial to maximizing our sales impact and facilitating multiple new sales platforms for our artists,” added Mr. Lipman. “Everyone at Universal Republic looks forward to supporting him and his great staff as he continues in his new capacity as one of Universal Motown Republic Group’s most highly valued contributors.”

Prior to joining Universal, Mr. Monaco served as Senior Vice President, General Manager of Island Records. His background also includes a number of senior positions within Island Records and PolyGram Distribution, as well as serving as President/Owner of Landmark Distributors.

About Universal Motown Republic Group

Universal Motown Republic Group 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 largest global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal South 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 Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Global Digital Initiatives.

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