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David Joseph CBE is the chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK.


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Following his studies at JFS and the London School of Economics, David Joseph joined Universal Music UK in August 1998 as general manager of the company's Polydor label before moving up in February 2002 to become managing director and later co-president of Polydor. In March 2008, he was promoted to chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK since when he has overseen the labels Island, Polydor, Capitol, Decca and Virgin EMI, as well as the world's most famous recording studios Abbey Road. Universal Music UK is home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including The Rolling Stones, U2, Take That, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Sam Smith, Hozier, Years & Years, Bastille, Ellie Goulding and Nicola Benedetti. It also releases the music of global superstars such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Eminem, and Rihanna. Prior to joining Universal Music, Joseph was at RCA where he was head of artist development, working with artists including Take That, Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox.

In 2005, Joseph became a member of the BPI Council and for three years from 2010 was chairman of the Brits Committee, which oversees the Brit Awards. As reported in The Guardian in 2011, Joseph oversaw an overhaul of the Brit Awards, moving it to the O2 and giving prime-time television exposure to acts such as Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons, as well as Adele’s acoustic performance of "Someone Like You". 2012's show attracted its biggest television audience since 2005. In 2013 Joseph worked with Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon to gather music industry support for Unity, the O2 concert marking the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder. In September 2013 he was appointed as a member of the council of Arts Council England.

In 2015, Joseph became the executive producer of Amy, the documentary film about the late singer Amy Winehouse, directed by Asif Kapadia. Amy became the highest-grossing British documentary of all time, taking £3 million at the box office in its first weekend and has won many awards, among them Best Documentary at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, Best Music Film at the 58th Grammy Awards and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.[9]

Joseph was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the music industry.


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