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Ethiopia Habtemariam

Motown Records/Capitol Records
President/EVP

Ethiopia Habtemariam is the President of Motown Records and EVP of Capitol Records. In her role with Capitol, she is responsible for revitalizing the coveted label that hosts cultural hit makers such as Ne-Yo, KEM and Erykah Badu, as well as musical groundbreakers like BJ The Chicago Kid and Njomza. With Motown, Habtemariam has focused on locking in key partnerships with like-minded entrepreneurs such as Quality Control Music. These partnerships have provided a platform for key signings such as Lil Yachty, Migos, Zaytoven, Chaz French and Rich Homie Quan.


Habtemariam began her career as an intern at LaFace Records before eventually moving to Los Angeles to work for Edmonds Music Publishing. She later joined Universal Music Publishing, becoming President of Urban Music & Co-Head of Creative. Habtemariam’s significant signings soon became an impressive roster of writers including J Cole, Justin Bieber, Miguel, Quavo, Sebastian Kole (Alessia Cara), Rock City, Childish Gambino, Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Hit Boy, Chase & Cashe, Ester Dean, Polow Da Don, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Happy Perez, Needlz and Danny Boy among many others.