Billboard has learned that Jon Platt will be heading to Warner Chappell. There's no word at press time as to what his official title will be, although unconfirmed reports say he'll be head of creative. Platt previously served as president of North America creative at EMI Music Publishing, a post he exited earlier this summer. Over his 17 years at EMI, he signed Kanye West, Jay-Z, Diddy, Beyonce, Drake, Usher, Ludacris and many others to the company.
He received a tweet from none other than Rihanna, fresh from her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday night, on Friday morning. It reads "Congratulations to one if the best people in this industry, Jon Platt, on his new position as the head of Warner Chappell."
Platt has been rumored to be taking an Ethiopia Habtemariam-type dual label/publisher role at Warner after initial reports of him joining former boss Martin Bandier at Sony/ATV were dismissed.
A formal announcement is expected early next week. Stay tuned to billboard.biz for more details.