For the Antiguan cricketer, see Dave Joseph.
David Joseph is the chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK.
Following his secondary school education at JFS and university studies, 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, Elbow, Emeli Sandé, Jake Bugg, Bastille, Ellie Goulding and Nicola Benedetti. It also releases the music of global superstars such as Eminem, Lady Gaga 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 the past three years 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 he was appointed as a member of the council of Arts Council England.
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