Move unexpected; Exec to pursue 'other interests'

In an unexpected move, Ron Sweeney, prexy of urban music for Epic Records Group and rising star in the Sony Music family, abruptly ankled his post late Wednesday.

Sweeney, who had just been given a wider role in the conglom in the wake of Polly Anthony’s ascension to chief of both Epic and 550 Records, has been leading the charge beefing up the Group’s presence in the urban music marketplace. He was also a Sony Music senior veep.

In a statement released by Sony brass, Sweeney left to pursue the proverbial “other interests,” though he will continue to advise the group until a replacement is sought.

“We are grateful to Ron for his considerable contributions,” said Dave Glew, Epic Records Group chairman. “and pleased that his talents will continue to benefit our artists and labels.”

Under Sweeney’s aegis, the label struck several potent pacts including deals with Lance Rivera’s Untertainment and Ruthless Records, which left Priority Records in favor of Epic.

The widely respected Sweeney — a former lawyer and artist manager who repped top-notch urban talents — also nabbed a coup two years ago when he inked Boyz II Men’s imprint Stonecreek Records into the Sony family after Motown execs — where the group was signed — declined to strike a similar deal with its biggest-selling artist.

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