SOURCE: Warner Music Group

July 18, 2005 17:36 ET

Steve Corbin Named Vice Pres., Catalog Sales at WEA Corp.

Music Industry Veteran Will Join Warner Music Group's Sales and Retail Marketing Co.

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 18, 2005 -- WEA Corp., Warner Music Group's (NYSE: WMG) U.S. sales and retail marketing company, today announced Steve Corbin has joined the company as Vice President, Catalog Sales. Corbin will report to Rick Froio, Senior Vice President of Sales at WEA Corp., and will be based in New York.

Corbin has more than 26 years of experience in the music industry. In 2003, he founded Lupo Entertainment, an artist management and consulting company specializing in the independent music community. Before founding Lupo, Corbin headed the R&B/Hip-Hop A&R operations department at MCA Records, working with Mary J. Blige, KC and JoJo, Avant, The Roots, Common, Mos Def, The O'Jays and Keke Wyatt.

"With almost three decades in the music industry, Steve has the right combination of experience in all aspects of this business," said Froio. "With his passion for music and a proven track record working with artists of all genres, Steve is an ideal candidate to head WEA's catalog sales efforts."

"I look forward to beginning the next phase of my music career at WEA and Warner Music Group," said Corbin. "This is a dynamic time to be in music and the opportunity to oversee sales and marketing at one of the great catalogs in the music business is exciting. In addition, working with John Esposito, John Madison and Rick Froio and the labels of Warner Music Group will be especially rewarding."

Corbin began his career in the music industry in the Washington, D.C. area as a college promotion representative for CBS Records (now Sony Music) where he worked with The Clash and other prominent artists on the Columbia and Epic labels.

Later, he was recruited to build a sales and marketing division for Black Music at PGD (PolyGram Group Distribution). Working closely with Motown, Mercury and Def Jam Records, PGD broke several artists such as Shanice, Brian McKnight and Method Man. Corbin was elevated to Vice President of Sales, working with all of PolyGram's labels (A&M, Island, Deutsche Grammophon, London, Polygram Latino and Verve).

In 1995, Corbin joined Motown Records as Executive Vice President/General Manager where he oversaw Motown's marketing, sales, promotion, creative services, video production, publicity departments and artist development, working with artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Norman Brown, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.

About WEA Corp.

WEA Corp. was the first major music distribution company in the U.S. and has continued to set the standard for sales and marketing in the music industry for more than thirty years. In addition to the Warner Bros., Elektra and Atlantic labels, WEA distributes audio and video releases from Rhino Entertainment, Asylum Records, Word Entertainment, Time-Life Music, Warner Music Latina and Curb Records, as well as several other labels. WEA Corp.'s E-Commerce department works with online and traditional retailers for all commercial, digital and wireless transactions on behalf of WMG's U.S. labels. The department develops and delivers sales and marketing programs to promote WMG's artists to online retailers and other partners.

Headquartered in New York, WEA Corp. has regional offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis.

About WMG

Warner Music Group (WMG) became the only stand-alone music company to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Atlantic, Bad Boy, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire operates through 37 affiliates and numerous licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

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