Backbeat: A2IM's NYC Holiday Bash Buzzing About UMG's EMI Acquisition, Hip-Hop Indies
Backbeat: A2IM's NYC Holiday Bash Buzzing About UMG's EMI Acquisition, Hip-Hop Indies

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The Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills, on the left, and Tenth Street Entertainment chairman/CEO Allen Kovac trade industry war stories. (Photo by Sheryl Cohen.)

Retail Track made an appearance at the A2IM holiday bash at the Village Pourhouse in New York City and caught up with old friends and made new ones too. Since A2IM is the only music industry organization that regularly hosts get-togethers in New York City throughout the year, their events have obtained "must attend" status for the local industry executives, even drawing some major label executives more often than not.

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A lot of buzzing going on at the event, including speculation of whether the regulatory agencies will approve Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI recorded music operation. Retail Track's opinion that it will indeed get approval seemed to annoy one and all in attendance. Other discussions focused on when the indies ruled hip-hop as Tommy Boy's Tom Silverman, Select Records' Fred Muneo, Next Plateau's Eddie O'Loughlin, and Tuff City's Aaron Fuchs, each the founders of their respective labels, were in the house as was Havlock Nelson, who covered rap music for Billboard for most of the 1990's. Others in attendance included EMI Label Service/Caroline exec Mike Harris and Sid McCain; S-Curve's Steve Greenberg, Wind-up Record's Ed Vitri and Bar/None's Glen Morrow.

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Urban music veteran executive Neil Levine, Silverman and Cutting Records Aldo Marin reminisce about the early days of the hip-hop scene. (Photo by Sheryl Cohen)

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Wicked Cool Records VP of sales and marketing Scott Hueston, Boss Sounds principal Nell Mulderry and EOne Distribution director of inventory and order processing Ira Kessler bring each other up to speed on the records they are currently working. (Photo by Ed Christman)

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From left, Verge Records founder and One RPM executive Emmanuel Zunz, Bar None Records A&R exec Emmy Black and ROIR Records principal Lucas Cooper get acquainted. (Photo by Ed Christman)

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The Nielsen Entertainment crew get ready for their presentation. Nielsen Entertainment was one of the sponsors of theA2IM party. Shown from left are Nielsen Entertainment staffers Trudy Lartz, Lily Liao and Rashida Boyd. (Photo by Sheryl Cohen.)

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The other party sponsor Base79 founder and CEO Ashley MacKenzie, which distributes, manages and monetizes videos on the internet, also prepares for his presentation. (Photo by Sheryl Cohen.)


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Randy Chin and Jonathan Chin from VP Records bring A2IM exec Jim Mahoney up to speed on what's happening in Jamaica, Queens, in New York and Jamaica, the home of reggae music, the genre for which VP if renowned. (Photo by Sheryl Cohen.)

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