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Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Has Contracted Coronavirus


Lucian Grainge is reportedly hospitalized.

Universal Music Group CEO and Chairman Lucian Grainge is the latest public figure to test positive for coronavirus.

Per Variety, the power player is currently being hospitalized in Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center just two weeks after hosting his 60th birthday party which hosted a number of names that include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, and music manager Irving Azoff.

The news arrives after Universal shut down its Santa headquarters after an then-unidentified employee tested positive for the virus.

Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Has Contracted Coronavirus
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“Previously, we have committed that if there were to be a confirmed case of coronavirus infection in any of our offices, we would immediately close that location. We have just been informed that there is a confirmed case of infection in an employee based in our 2220 Colorado Avenue offices,” read a memo, per Variety. “Accordingly and out of an abundance of caution, we are immediately closing all of our Santa Monica offices, and all Santa Monica staff are required to work from home until further notice.”

Grainge, who has been with the company for 35 years was appointed CEO/chairman in 2011. Since then, he’s led the company that houses flagship subsidiaries such as Capitol Records, Def Jam, Interscope-Geffen-A&M, Island, and Republic while also leading the mega-merger that found UMG acquiring EMI, bringing the once-Big Four down to the Big Three (UMG, Sony, Warner) of the recording industry.

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