Since the mid-'90s, Cameron Strang had been a leading entrepreneur in independent music, the founder of both New West Records and Southside Independent Music Publishing. In January 2011, he was named CEO of Warner/Chappell Music as part of the major's acquisition of Southside. Since then, Strang, who has also assumed the title of Warner/Chappell chairman, has found himself handling a diverse publishing catalog that includes recent star-penned hits by Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Michael Bublé and Nickelback, as well as storied works by such legendary composers as George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Count Basie. In the third quarter of 2011, Warner/Chappell had a 10.8% share of the top 100 U.S. airplay songs as calculated by the Harry Fox Agency using Nielsen BDS data, down from 12.7% a year earlier. In an interview with Billboard in November, Strang said he would bring his indie chops to the job at Warner/Chappell, which he hopes to grow organically and through acquisitions. "As records are being made in different ways and songs are being written in a different fashion, we are trying to be a little more nimble and entrepreneurial in the way we go about things," he said.
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