Nigel Coxon has been appointed head of A&R at EMI Music U.K. and Ireland label Parlophone, with immediate effect. "I can't wait to start work on the next phase of artist development with Nigel as

Nigel Coxon has been appointed head of A&R at EMI Music U.K. and Ireland label Parlophone, with immediate effect.

He replaces Dan Keeling, who exited as Parlophone A&R head in December to join the Island label in London as managing director.

Coxon began his career in 1989 with Island Music Publishing, before becoming A&R manager at Island Records. From 1995-2001 he was first A&R director for Polygram/Island Publishing and then at Universal Island Records.

He is credited with having signed or worked with such artists as Massive Attack, Pulp, the Cranberries, PJ Harvey, James, Ash and Stereophonics.

Since 2001, Coxon has served as a consultant to Island and Sony Music, helping to set up Deltasonic Records and running Double Dragon Records.

"Parlophone has been consistently the No. 1 label for breaking British artists worldwide and I can't wait to start work on the next phase of artist development with Nigel as part of our team," comments Parlophone managing director Miles Leonard, to whom he reports.

The London-based label's roster of artists includes Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Dandy Warhols, Gorillaz and Paul McCartney.

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