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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