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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Randy Lennox to be inducted to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

Canadian Music Week: Music Business 3.0 The Next Generation

March 10 - 14, 2010

TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Randy Lennox, President & CEO of Universal Music Canada will be inducted to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Lennox will be honoured at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on Thursday, March 11, 2010, during Canadian Music Week, March 10-14, 2010, in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.

Lennox began his career in 1978 at what was then known as MCA. A succession of promotions landed him as Executive VP/General Manager of the organization in 1993 and he was named President and CEO in 1998. In 2001, The Toronto Star included him in their "Ones to Watch" feature article, while MacLean's magazine featured him as one of the country's "50 Most Influential Canadians" in 2002.

Lennox has been the CEO of Universal Music Canada's operations for 10 years. Under his direction, Universal Music Canada was successfully guided through the largest merger in the history of the music business, experienced an increase in overall market share from 27.8 to its current share of 39.2 percent, expanded and diversified into Visual Entertainment and opened Vivendi Entertainment Canada. For ten consecutive years, Universal Music Canada has been voted Record Company of the Year while for six years running, Lennox has been voted the Canadian Music Industry's Executive of the Year by his industry peers.

His support and development of Canadian talent is evidenced by success with Gold and Platinum artists Hedley, Sam Roberts, The Tragically Hip, Paul Anka, Jully Black, The Canadian Tenors and Remy Shand. His commitment to breaking Canadian acts has resulted in No. 1 world territory status for Canadian artists such as Diana Krall, Nelly Furtado, Shania Twain and Bryan Adams.

Lennox conceived and spearheaded the creation of the Juno Box set Oh, What a Feeling, a compilation of songs from past Juno Award winners, which raised $5.2 million dollars for a number of Canadian charities. He also created strategic alliances with Maple Music, Cargo Records, DEP and Vega Musique.

Randy Lennox is Chairman of Canada's Walk of Fame, sits on a number of Boards, including CRIA, CARAS, Puretracks, DEP, Maple Music and is Chair of Talent at Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall.

He actively contributes to a variety of charitable organizations including Safehaven, the Music Therapy Fund and Starlight Children's Foundation of Canada, and sits on the Executive Board for MusiCounts, an ongoing charity which provides musical instruments to underfunded schools across Canada.

Randy Lennox will be inducted alongside CHUM-FM radio personality Roger Ashby who will receive the prestigious Waters Family Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contribution to the broadcast industry. The Waters Family, specifically Allan Waters, founded the CHUM broadcasting empire in 1954 and built it into one of Canada's most respected and successful broadcast companies.

Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at www.cmw.net.

Canadian Music Week is Canada's leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country's music, media and entertainment industries. Combining five information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; four awards shows and the nation's largest New Music Festival - Canadian Music Fest - CMW spans a five-day period from March 10 to March 14, 2010 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net

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