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Massey named Island prez

MERCURY RISING: David Massey has been named President of Island Records in what’s described as a further expansion of IDJ’s A&R and creative initiatives. He’ll continue to report directly to East Coast ruler Barry Weiss and will work closely alongside IDJ President/COO Steve Bartels. Massey spent the past six years as President of Mercury, which will remain a core imprint within the Island family of labels, according to this morning’s announcement. The Mercury roster includes Duffy, Portishead, Taio Cruz, Neon Trees, The Wanted (see 2/7 item below), The Saturdays, the Gaslight Anthem, Jake Bugg and Luke James.  Massey has also A&R’d projects for Bon Jovi, The Killers and the returning Fall Out Boy. Reporting directly to Massey will be IDJ SVP A&R Chris Anokute and IKsland SVP Dallas Austin. Matt Galle’s Photo Finish Records will remain with Island as well. Said Weiss: “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.” Commented Massey: “I am truly excited to take on this great challenge. 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.” (2/8a)

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