Warner Music Group has named Richard Blackstone as the new chairman/CEO of its publishing division, Warner/Chappell Music.

Warner Music Group has named Richard Blackstone as the new chairman/CEO of its publishing division, Warner/Chappell Music.

Blackstone will leave his post as president of Zomba Music Publishing after his contract expires at the end of the year. He will succeed Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Les Bider, who in February announced his decision to step down following appointment of a successor.

While at Zomba, Blackstone has worked with songwriters and performers such as R. Kelly, Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake, 'NSync, Macy Gray, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Keith Stegall, the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One and numerous others.

Blackstone joined Zomba in 1989 as director of business affairs. He was later promoted to a dual role as head of creative and head of business affairs, a position that included oversight of Zomba's Nashville office.

He was named president of Zomba Music Publishing following the purchase of Zomba by BMG Music in 2002, and was given oversight responsibility for Brentwood Benson Music Publishing.

Blackstone's music business career began when, as a college student, he became a roadie for the band Squeeze. Later, between college and law school, he produced scores for documentary films and television programs.

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