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Chelsea Blythe Heading UMGN A&R
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Def Jam SVP/A&R Chelsea Blythe has been named EVP/A&R for UMG/Nashville. She fills the vacancy created by the departure of prior UMGN A&R executives Brian Wright and Stephanie Wright (Breaking News 4/4). "[Blythe's] bold leadership, dynamic spirit, and passion for the music and artists will align perfectly with the culture we are building," says UMGN Chair & CEO Cindy Mabe. "Her love for country music brought her to Nashville and her dynamic presence and impeccable instincts will help lead our artist development strategy and innovate the future of country music.” Prior to Def Jam, Blythe served in A&R roles with Columbia and Interscope, working with artists including Symba, Baby Keem, Polo G, Kid Laroi, Armani White, 26AR and Anella Herim. "I have immense respect and passion for country music, and I am honored that Cindy has recognized my enthusiasm with this opportunity," Blythe says.  I am inspired by her unwavering leadership and look forward to implementing my experience in this role while building with the country community.”

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