The RCA Victor Group is back. A year after BMG Entertainment split the label group into BMG Classics and Arista Associated Labels, the latter has regained the RCA Victor name and will operate as a sta

The RCA Victor Group is back. A year after BMG Entertainment split the label group into BMG Classics and Arista Associated Labels, the latter has regained the RCA Victor name and will operate as a stand-alone division of RCA Records.

RCA Records senior VP of worldwide marketing Jeb Hart will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the RCA Victor Group, supplanting the departing David Weyner, who served as executive VP/GM of Arista Associated Labels. Hart is based in New York and reports to Richard Sanders, executive VP/GM of RCA Records, and Ashley Newton, executive VP of A&R for RCA Records.

RCA Victor Group will house the artists and catalog of the Private Music, Windham Hill, Bluebird, and Victor labels. Its collective roster includes Etta James, Rachel Yamagata, the Chieftains, Amici Forever and George Winston, among others.

"Under this new structure, the RCA Victor Group will maintain its independent culture while benefiting from the depth of RCA Records' A&R and management strength," says Charles Goldstuck, president/CEO of BMG North America, in a statement.

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