Lost Highway Loses Two

Jim Flammia

Jim Flammia

MusicRow has learned that Lost Highway’s VP Artist/Media Relations, Jim Flammia; and VP Adult Alternative Promotion, Ray Di Pietro have exited their Nashville-based positions.

Di Pietro is said to be forming an artist services promotion/marketing type company to be named, Bitter Little Dutchboy. Di Pietro can be reached at raybld99@gmail.com. Flammia can be reached at jimflammia@gmail.com

Ray Di Pietro

Ray Di Pietro

Reports surfaced yesterday (1/14) that Universal Music Group had trimmed its national staff by as many as 50 positions spread across many of the company’s labels and its distribution divisions.

UMG typically does not respond to questions about changes but did release this official statement, “Universal Music Group is continuing to transform our organization to better serve our artists and business partners. Given the current economic climate, we have to be as agile and efficient as possible. Unfortunately, these ongoing efforts have resulted in some redundancy. However, UMG will now be even better positioned to compete in the growing global, digital marketplace.”

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