In a restructuring of some of the company’s A&R assets, David Massey, previously president of Universal Music Group’s Mercury Records, has been appointed prexy at UMG’s Island Records.
Massey will continue to report directly to Barry Weiss, chairman-CEO of UMG’s East Coast Label Group, and will work closely with Island Def Jam Music Group president-COO Steve Bartels.
Mercury’s A&R staff will continue to report to Massey. In the new alignment, IDJMG senior vp of A&R Chris Anokute and Island senior vp of A&R Dallas Austin will report to him. The company said Massey will also be hiring additional creative talent.
Weiss said in a statement, “David has had great successes since joining the company six years ago, and it is a track record that he now takes with him to Island, as we put even more resources into our vital creative areas. David’s musical instincts for spotting talent are second to none, and his relationships with the artists and his proven leadership skills are the perfect fit to drive Island Records into the future.”
At Mercury, Massey worked with such acts as Taio Cruz, the Wanted, the Gaslight Anthem, Portishead and Duffy. He also simultaneously performed A&R duties for such Island acts as Bon Jovi, the Killers and Fall Out Boy.
Before joining Mercury in March 2007, Massey was president of Sony Music’s Daylight Records and executive vp of A&R for Sony Music Label Group U.S. He began at Sony in several executive A&R roles. He had previously worked in London as an artist manager and head of the indie label Big World Records.