UMG'S POST-BRITS SHINDIG: HOLD BACK THE RIVER, PASS THE GIN

Universal Music U.K. chieftain David Joseph joins manager Scooter Braun, EMI Virgin topper Ted Cockle and Def Jam chief Steve Bartels in hailing BRITs International Male winner Justin Bieber. Later, they all swore to follow the wisdom of Justin's song and love themselves.

While celebrating James Bay's win and triumphant performance during the BRITs afterparty, Republic's Monte Lipman and Charlie Walk learn that EMI Virgin ruler Ted Cockle's suit was not made by John Varvatos, but by some dude named Saville Row.

After her performance, Joseph answers superstar Rihanna's queries about his daily commute to work work work work work.

James Bay gets his ethos on with Team Republic and manager Ryan Lofthouse, all of whom clamored for hats of their own. Seen just before filling a nearby pond with 18-year-old single malt are (l-r) SVP A&R Wendy Goldstein, EVP A&R Rob Stevenson, prexy/COO Avery Lipman, SVP A&R Ben Adelson, Bay, chieftain Monte Lipman and Closer Artists' Lofthouse.


Def Jam
head Steve Bartels and Roc Nation's Jay Brown agree that the party had an excellent rollout.

Fiction/Caroline MD Jim Chancellor enjoys a cocktail with Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, who typically prefers a club soda and few pages of Boswell's Life of Johnson before bedtime but decided to have a wee drink just this once.

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