As expected, Ric Ocasek has been named senior VP of A&R at Elektra Entertainment Group (EEG).

As expected, Ric Ocasek has been named senior VP of A&R at Elektra Entertainment Group (EEG), Billboard Bulletin reports. Ocasek, frontman for legendary Elektra act the Cars, has in recent years produced material for Weezer, No Doubt, Guided By Voices, Hole, Bad Religion, and others.

"I'm elated about becoming part of Elektra again," Ocasek said in a statement. "In 1970, Elektra was the first record company I ever visited. I was just a kid from Cleveland, but I idolized Elektra bands like the Doors, Love, Joni Mitchell, and all the others."

EEG chairman/CEO Sylvia Rhone says Ocasek's "ear for discovering and nurturing talent and his incredible rapport with artists has resulted in a host of career-making records. His keen insight, and his endless devotion to finding great music makes him a once-in-a-lifetime addition to all of Elektra. The entire company joins me in welcoming Ric back to the label that launched his great career."

According to his official Web site, Ocasek is also working on a new solo album in New York, tentatively titled "Nexterday." It will be his first set as an artist since 1997's "Troublizing." A Cars documentary is also in the works for sometime this year.

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