Breaking News: Music Executive Sylvia Rhone Leaves Universal Motown, Source Confirms

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President¬†of¬†Universal Motown Records¬†and music executive Sylvia Rhone has left her post. From 2004, up until her departure, Rhone was¬†overseeing a roster of platinum-selling artists which¬†includes¬†Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake,¬†Cash Money,¬†Kid Cudi,¬†Nelly,¬†Melanie Fiona,¬†Akon,¬†Erykah Badu, and Stevie Wonder. Rhone made history in 1990 by becoming¬†the first¬†African-American¬†woman to head a major record company when she was named CEO/President of Atlantic’s¬†EastWest Records.¬†Rhone has succeeded for more than three decades as one of the influential female executives in the history of music business.

According to, A source close to Sylvia Rhone has confirmed to that the Universal Motown President has left her post. In the beginning of the year, I reported that Rhone was expected to leave the label once her contract was up. As of press, I am not sure who will replace Rhone at the time.  I do know that her longtime mentor, Doug Morris, who was the previous UMG Chairman and CEO, is now headed to rival Sony Music; Lucian Grainge took over Morris’ position in March.

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