"I am truly excited to take on this great challenge," said Mr. Massey. "The extraordinarily talented artists and executives I have worked with at Mercury and Island have been an inspiration, and no one could ask for any more experienced and astute leadership than Barry Weiss and Steve Bartels. I hope to bring even greater success to Island Def Jam in the years ahead."
Mr. Massey was appointed President, Mercury Records, in March 2007. He came to IDJMG from Sony Music Entertainment, where he served as President, Daylight Records, which he founded in late 2000, and Executive Vice President, A&R, Sony Music Label Group U.S., since 2004. He spent his first ten years at Sony Music with Epic Records, starting as Vice President of A&R in 1991, continuing as Executive Vice President/General Manager from 1997 to 1999, and then Executive Vice President A&R until 2001. During his tenure with the company, he worked with a wide variety of artists including Shakira, Oasis, Good Charlotte, Franz Ferdinand, Travis, Silverchair, and Delta Goodrem.
Prior to joining Epic, Mr. Massey was based in London where he had a successful career in artist management in addition to heading his own independent record company, Big World Records. He holds a Masters in Law from Cambridge University.
SOURCE Universal Music Group