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HEAVY D APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF UPTOWN RECORDS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned artist and producer Heavy D has been appointed President of Uptown Records, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MCA Music Entertainment Group.

Heavy D, who had previously served as the label's Vice President of A&R, will be based in New York City and will be responsible for guiding the direction of Uptown Records, one of the leading Black music labels. Uptown Records will be supported in marketing, sales, and promotion by Universal Records.

As an A&R executive with Uptown, Heavy D has signed such artists as Platinum-selling Soul For Real and newcomer Monifah.

In making the announcement, Morris said, "I am very pleased that a creative force like Heavy D will be leading Uptown Records into the future. In addition to being a gifted producer, songwriter, performer, and recording artist, Heavy has shown a great knack for discovering and nurturing talent. I am confident that Heavy's vision for Uptown Records will allow the label to remain on the cutting edge of Black music." "This is a great opportunity to build on Uptown's accomplishments and explore new directions as well," added Heavy D. "The Uptown label has meant a lot to me, both personally and professionally, and I look forward to maintaining its reputation as a label which provides a creative and artist-friendly environment. I am also extremely pleased to be able to continue my long, successful relationship with MCA."

Heavy D is a prolific recording artist, producer, and entertainer who has sold over four million albums and revolutionized the hip hop genre. Heavy D and the Boyz have released a series of successful, critically-acclaimed recordings including the Platinum-selling albums "Big Tyme" (which went to No. 1 on Billboard's R&B chart), "Peaceful Journey," and "Nuttin'But Love" and the Gold album "Blue Funk." Heavy D launched his rap career at the age of 17 with the landmark album "Livin' Large," which garnered a huge following and drew the attention of critics across the nation.

Heavy D has also collaborated on recording projects with such artists as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Naughty By Nature.

Heavy's career has additionally expanded to include acting with appearances in the film "Who's The Man?," recurring roles in the Fox Television series "Roc" and "Living Single," and his recent stage debut in the New York production of "Riff Raff."

MCA Music Entertainment Group encompasses MCA Records, MCA Records Nashville, GRP Recording Company, Geffen Records, Universal Records, Rising Tide/Nashville, MCA Music Entertainment International, Uni Distribution Corp., MCA Music Publishing, and MCA Music Entertainment Services.

MCA INC. is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global beverage and entertainment/communications company.
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