Music Industry Moves: Timothy Xu to become CEO and Chairman of Universal Music Greater China




		Music Industry Moves: Timothy Xu to become CEO and Chairman of Universal Music Greater China

Universal Music Great China (UMGC) It is supposed Timothy Xu New president and CEO of Greater China division. He will be responsible for the music company’s operations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with immediate effect.

Xu joins UMGC from Taihe Music Group, one of China’s leading indie companies, where he served as Chairman and CEO since 2018. Prior to that, Xu was Chairman and CEO of Greater China at Sony Music Entertainment from 2012 to 2016. He also worked for EMI Music/EMI Music Publishing China and Warner Music China.

News of Xu’s hiring follows the retirement of Sunny Chang, president for many years.

“I am delighted to welcome Timothy to head our Greater China operations,” said Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, adding: “He is a true music executive, given his deep experience is generating creative and commercial success i. I am confident that Timothy will be instrumental in driving further growth in China’s exciting and vibrant music market.”

Adam Granite, Executive Vice President of Market Development said: “Having worked together in the past, Timothy’s unique and versatile experience across the industry will bring new opportunities to expand all areas of our business operations in Greater China, and that will sharpen our focus. to introduce the music, culture and talents of Chinese artists to new markets and audiences around the world.”

In 2021, UMGC became the first major music company to launch multiple blue-chip record operations in China, with Republic Records China, Capitol Records China, EMI China, PolyGram Records China and Universal Music China as flagship record divisions,” UMGC’s commitment to strengthen. to discover and introduce the next wave of Chinese musical talents in various genres,” according to a press release.

+ The Maiden’s Music Group It has an open office in Lagos (Nigeria) and Olukorede “Kay” Ikazoboh appointed head of operations in the region.

Virgin’s first announced deals in the region include a collaboration with Dvpper, one of Nigeria’s rising Afrobeats labels, soloist Reekado Banks, as well as one with Ayra Starr’s Darkoo.

Nat Pastor, Co-CEO of Virgin Music said: “The global appetite for incredible musical creativity coming out of Africa has never been stronger. Establishing a presence in Nigeria is another important step in our commitment to serving African artists and entrepreneurs . the whole region.”

Kay has management experience through her own company Kimani Moore Entertainment, which has helped guide the careers of artists such as Odunsi the Engine, Mowalola and Taylwar. He also held various positions in emerging markets for Warner Music Group.

“Nigeria has become a very important creative hub, producing some of the most exciting music in the world,” said Kay, “and I’m looking forward to working with labels and independent artists to help them both build their fan bases here I’m real. I am honored to lead this mission with my team and look forward to the incredible journey ahead.”

+ The K-pop group RISE – consisting of members Shotaro, Eunseok, Sungchan, Wonbin, Seunghan, Sohee and Anton- A new collaboration agreement has been signed with his Korean label SM Entertainment and RCA Records.

The news was released alongside their first single, “Get a Guitar” (which is also being sold as a physical single). The single viewer has already amassed over seven million views on YouTube.

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