EMI has signalled its commitment to pop imprint Innocent through the appointment of Jamie Nelson as its director of A&R. With immediate effect, Nelson is tasked with overseeing the A&R strateg

EMI has signalled its commitment to pop imprint Innocent through the appointment of Jamie Nelson as its director of A&R. With immediate effect, Nelson is tasked with overseeing the A&R strategy of the London-based label. He will work alongside label manager Sara Freeman, and report to EMI Music U.K. & Ireland chairman/CEO Tony Wadsworth.

Nelson's new role was created to help fill the void which resulted from the departure last year of Innocent founder Hugh Goldsmith. Goldsmith set up Innocent as an imprint of Virgin U.K. in 1997 and had subsequent chart success with such pop artists as Blue, Atomic Kitten and Billie Piper.

"The Innocent team have proved themselves to be experts in breaking mainstream pop music and the appointment of Jamie should signal to everyone that we believe Innocent has a bright future," comments Wadsworth in a statement.

Nelson will continue as A&R executive within Parlophone, reporting to head of A&R Dan Keeling. He has risen through the ranks since joining Parlophone in 1993 as an A&R scout. In recent years, he has worked with such artists as Kylie Minogue, Beverley Knight and Jamelia.