Capitol/EMI Nashville’s Mike Dungan to Head Universal Music Group’s Country Operations

Capitol Nashville and EMI Nashville president Mike Dungan has been named to head the Universal Music Group Nashville, Billboard and Country Aircheck reported Thursday night (Feb. 23). No formal announcement has been made, but sources tell the music trade publications that longtime UMG Nashville chairman Luke Lewis will move to a new yet-to-be-determined position within the company. The report comes in advance of a proposed merger between UMG and EMI. Dungan became head of Capitol’s country roster in 2000 after a successful career as senior vice president and general manager of Arista Nashville. Capitol/EMI’s current roster includes Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Eric Church. UMG Nashville, which includes the MCA, Mercury and Lost Highway labels, boasts a roster featuring George Strait, Shania Twain, Josh Turner, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson and American Idol stars Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.