Nashville, Tennessee, February 28, 2005 – Universal Music Nashville, the country music division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music company, has promoted Jason Owen to Senior Vice President of Media, Artist Relations and Creative Services for its Mercury, MCA Nashville and DreamWorks Nashville labels. The announcement was made today by Luke Lewis and James Stroud, Co-Chairmen of Universal Music Nashville. Owen will be based in Nashville and reports to Lewis and Stroud.

In his new role, Owen will continue to develop and implement extensive media campaigns for such award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists as Shania Twain, Julie Roberts, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, George Strait and LeAnn Womack, among many others. He will also oversee Creative Services, which includes the company’s Video and Production departments.

“Since joining Universal, Jason has created many of our most successful media campaigns,” stated Lewis. “He’s an exceptionally gifted executive who brings a real passion and fresh perspective to all of his projects. We are delighted to broaden the playing field for his talents even further.”

Most recently, Owen served as Vice President of Media and Artist Relations for Mercury and MCA Nashville. Prior to joining Universal, Owen enjoyed an extensive and successful career in television, serving as Director of Marketing and Talent Relations at Columbia TriStar Television. His background also includes stints with New Line Cinema/Fine Line Features and MPRM Public Relations.

Universal Music Nashville, comprised of Mercury, MCA Nashville, DreamWorks Nashville and Lost Highway Records, is a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. UMG’s 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 Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Nashville, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, 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 US) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the US). 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.