A&R

  1. David Massey Named President of Island Records

    February 08, 2013 10:51 AM EST David Massey has been named president of Island Records, in what is described in a press release as a “further expansion of the Island Def Jam Music Group’s A&R and creative initiatives.” The appointment, which was announced by Barry Weiss, ...

  2. Exclusive: Gee Roberson Forms New Label, Blueprint, Through Interscope Geffen A&M

    December 21, 2012 8:41 AM EST Geffen Records chairman Gee Roberson will transition to create and own a full service record company called Blueprint to be distributed by Interscope Geffen A&M, it was announced today by Interscope Geffen A&M chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine and ...

  3. Morning Fix: Ravi Shankar RIP: Facebook's 2012 Trends; Paul McCartney Playing With Nirvana at 12.12.12

    December 12, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters RAVI SHANKAR DEAD AT 92: Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died. Labeled "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison, S ...

  4. Jody Gerson

    November 30, 2012 12:52 PM EST Co-president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Merger Management One of the first major initiatives to follow the Sony/ATV-EMI merger was a gathering in Miami of songwriters from both publishing companies to begin work on Enrique Iglesias' next albu ...

  5. Alison Donald

    November 28, 2012 7:03 PM EST Co-president, Columbia Records U.K. Shared Success It's been little more than a year since Alison Donald left her post as managing director of Chrysalis Music, where she'd been for a decade, to join Columbia Records U.K. My Mentor: " ...

  6. Ethiopia Habtemariam

    November 28, 2012 3:49 PM EST Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Relaunching An Icon After a year of rebuilding, Ethiopia Habtemariam is excited to "get the ball rolling" on the revamped Motown, where she hol ...

  7. Exclusive: Salaam Remi Heading To Sony Music As Executive VP of A&R

    November 20, 2012 11:41 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment is expected to name Salaam Remi as executive VP of A&R/production, according to sources familiar with the situation. In his new role, the Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter will work across all Sony labels. Remi' ...

  8. Imagem That! Meet An Unlikely U.S. Publishing Power Player

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Richard Stumpf has been a man on a mission since arriving at Imagem with the mandate to lead the Dutch-owned company into the U.S. pop/rock marketplace. As part of that mission, Stumpf, who serves as president of Imagem Music USA, has been worki ...

  9. RCA CEO Peter Edge Talks Keith Naftaly Promotion, New A&R Structure

    November 09, 2012 7:00 AM EST With a little more than a year under his belt as CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge, who headed up the label's A&R team for 16 years, has handed over those reins to new executive vice president, head of A&R, RCA Records, Keith Naftaly ...

  10. Backbeat: Warner Music Nashville Team Celebrates CMA Wins With Faith Hill, John Esposito, More

    November 02, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The mood was definitely celebratory at Warner Music Nashville 's post- CMA Awards bash held at the company's headquarters on Music Row . The evening's big winner was Blake Shelton , who took home trophies for entertainer and male vo ...

  11. Universal Announces New Structure, Appointments for Nashville Label Group

    October 29, 2012 6:27 PM EDT In the wake of the EU and FTC's approvals of the Universal Music/EMI merger , the integration of the two companies' Nashville operations is coming together under chairman/CEO Mike Dungan. The four imprints within Universal Music Group Na ...

  12. Dallas Austin Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Records

    October 15, 2012 3:20 PM EDT In the latest announcement of an established hitmaker scoring a top A&R role at a major label , the Island Def Jam Music Group announced today that veteran songwriter/producer Dallas Austin will be joining the company as a Senior Vice Presiden ...

  13. Amy Finnerty Named SVP, Talent at Maker Studios

    October 10, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Maker Studios has named Amy Finnerty as its new senior vice president of talent, a position the company created for her upon hiring her earlier this year. Maker, based in Los Angeles, is a media company that specializes in creating original conten ...

  14. Steve Yegelwel Joins Mercury as SVP of A&R

    October 08, 2012 3:19 PM EDT Steve Yegelwel has left S-Curve Records and gone to Mercury as senior vice-president of A&R for the major label. Yegelwel was S-Curve's president and left last month. A representative for S-Curve confirms that they are looking for a new p ...

  15. Ne-Yo Talks About His Motown A&R Gig, Learning the 'Language of Executive'

    September 12, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Left to right: Universal's Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Motown's Ethiopia Habtemariam after announcing Ne-Yo's new role at Motown in January While walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Ne-Yo took a moment to talk with Bill ...

  16. Backbeat: Kaskade Rocks Katy Perry, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Execs at House of Hype Post-VMAs Party

    September 07, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Sam Keywanfar, founder/CEO, House of Hype, the evening's honoree Kaskade, and Noel Lee, CEO, Monster Products, arrive to the 5th Annual House Of Hype Music Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Phot ...

  17. When Blake Met Beyonce

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Nashville songwriters work both sides of the fence. Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showe ...

  18. Mike Gitter Joins Razor & Tie A&R

    September 04, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Razor & Tie today announced that Mike Gitter has joined its A&R team. Gitter, who has worked in A&R for labels that include Roadrunner and Atlantic Records and is based out of Los Angeles, will work closely with Razor & Tie's ...

  19. Bogota Brothers Burn Up Charts

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Cali & El Dandee target the U.S. after scoring hits in Latin markets. Scanning through iTunes' top 10 singles lists throughout Latin America and Spain during the past few months, one would invariably come across "Yo Te Esperare" ...

  20. Ex-Roadrunner VP Monte Conner Talks About New Gig With Nuclear Blast Entertainment

    August 20, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Monte Conner is the guy who signed Slipknot, Type O Negative and Machine Head, so when news hit that he'd vacated his post at Roadrunner Records after 25 years, folks in the metal community were certain he'd resurface somewhere else soon ...

  21. Mio Vukovic Joins Disney Music Group in Joint Label/Publishing Role

    August 14, 2012 1:58 PM EDT Veteran A&R exec Mio Vukovic will join the Disney Music Group at the end of this month as Senior VP of A&R/Head of Creative, Billboard.biz has learned. In this newly created role, which he begins on August 28, he will be responsible for al ...

  22. Young Jeezy Named SVP, A&R at Atlantic Records

    August 09, 2012 11:17 AM EDT Last night the internet went wild with reports that Young Jeezy had just been named senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records, and this morning those rumors were confirmed by the rapper himself. From the streets to the Boardroom. SVP of ...

  23. 40 Under 40: Christopher "Tricky" Stewart

    August 02, 2012 3:47 PM EDT Christopher "Tricky" Stewart President of A&R, Epic Records Website: Epicrecords.com Twitter: @Trickystewart Putting Epic In The Zone With a career spanning a remarkable 22 years, Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Christopher ...

  24. 40 Under 40: Jay Brown

    August 02, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Jay Brown President, Roc Nation Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Successful But Hungry Four years after he helped Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter launch his Roc Nation imprint, president Jay Brown, 38, is still hungry for success. Alongsi ...

  25. Mike Caren Named Warner Music Group's President of Worldwide A&R

    July 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group today announced the promotion of Mike Caren to president, worldwide A&R across its myriad labels. Caren had previously served as EVP, A&R for Atlantic Records and as co-president for the recently relaunched Elektra Recor ...

  26. Backbeat: 'Epic Moments' Party Brings Epic, Capitol, Interscope Execs Together During BET Awards Weekend

    July 03, 2012 1:03 PM EDT From left: Epic EVP of Urban Music Benny Pough; Marcus Canty, Ca$h Out and Machine Gun Kelly. (Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records) On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epi ...

  27. Michael Rapino, Perry Farrell Added to Insomniac's EDMBiz Conference in Las Vegas

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and Lollapalooza founder/Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell are among the latest big names to be added to Insomniac's EDMBiz Conference, set for June 5-7 in Las Vegas in the buildup to the city's ...

  28. Meet EDM's Power Trio: Atlantic's Craig Kallman, Astralwerks' Glenn Mendlinger, Interscope's Dave Rene

    May 15, 2012 7:25 AM EDT For more than a decade, electronic dance music has been an indie label's business. In the mid- to late '90s, when acts like Fatboy Slim, the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy surged, the majors launched or acquired imprints: Warner had F-111 ...

  29. Publishing Briefs: Pink Re-Ups With EMI; Universal Inks Danger Mouse, Mike Elizondo

    April 02, 2012 4:57 PM EDT EMI Music Publishing has renewed its long-term worldwide administration agreement with Pink, who has sold over 40 million albums and 70 million singles globally and won three Grammy Awards, according to the company. The re-up, brokered by EMI Musi ...

  30. Whitney Houston's Colleagues Remember: Don Ienner, Roy Lott, Sylvia Rhone, Wyclef Jean & More

    February 17, 2012 3:45 PM EST When Whitney Houston passed away on Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills, Calif at the age of 48, she left behind a classic body of work that included seven mullti-platinum albums that showcased her powerhouse vocals. Here, Billboard got in touch with many of ...

  31. Inside Whitney Houston's Last Recording Session, Days Before Her Death

    February 15, 2012 11:00 PM EST Five days before her untimely death (cause as yet unknown, but a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol is suspected), Whitney Houston was in the recording studio working on new music. The song, "Celebrate," was written by R. Kelly and ...

  32. Whitney Houston Remembered by Ne-Yo, Will.I.Am, More at Grammy Midnight Brunch

    February 12, 2012 12:42 PM EST Ne-Yo, with girlfriend Monyetta, at his fourth annual Midnight Brunch at Hollywood's Supper Club. (Photo: Arnold Turner) News of Whitney Houston's death broke just hours before Ne-Yo's fourth annual Midnight Brunch at the Supper Clu ...

  33. Dance Music's Most Influential Executives

    February 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST It's no secret that dance music is bigger than its ever been - as the seven Grammy nominations for this week's Billboard cover stars , Skrillex, A-Trak and Diplo demonstrate. Here's a look at nine of the biggest executives in the ga ...

  34. Billboard Power 100: Peter Edge & Tom Corson

    January 27, 2012 12:10 AM EST No. 41 Peter Edge & Tom Corson CEO & President/COO RCA Music Group Twitter: @RCAMusic The Sounding Board... "I haven't been in promotion or management; I'm coming at it from the music side," Peter Edge (pictured) told B ...

  35. Exclusive: Ne-Yo Joins Motown Roster, Also Appointed Senior VP of A&R

    January 24, 2012 7:24 PM EST Left to right: Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Ethiopia Habtemariam Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, the company told Billboard.biz exclusively today. In addition, the Grammy Award-winning artist will bring his Compound Ent ...

  36. It's Official: L.A. Reid Names Mark Shimmel COO of Epic

    January 18, 2012 9:55 AM EST As projected by Billboard back in November , Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid has named Mark Shimmel COO. Shimmel, who held the position of head of music at Turner Entertainment Networks for the past seven years, overseeing TNT, TBS, CNN, C ...

  37. Urban Power List: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Ethiopia Habtemariam Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Website: MotownRecords.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Wonder Woman Without a doubt, one of this year's hottest unfolding stories is ...

  38. It's Official: David Foster Named Chairman of Verve Music Group

    December 15, 2011 12:40 PM EST Billboard.biz reported way back in June that David Foster would be joining Universal Music Group (and in August that he'd be heading up Verve ), and finally on Thursday morning, the news was made official: the Grammy Award-winning and Oscar n ...

  39. Chris Anokute Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam

    December 08, 2011 2:37 PM EST Chris Anokute, has been appointed Senior Vice President, A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group, according to an announcement by Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President / Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Anokute is best known for his A&R ...

  40. Epic Records to Name Tricky Stewart Head of A&R

    November 29, 2011 9:13 PM EST Epic Records is expected to name Tricky Stewart head of A&R and is nearing a deal to name ex-LaFace Records executive Mark Shimmel to a senior executive post at the Sony Music label, according to sources familiar with the situation. In another ...

  41. Don DeVito, Grammy-Winning Producer and Longtime Columbia A&R Exec, Dead at 72

    November 28, 2011 4:55 PM EST Don DeVito clowning with Johnny Cash in an undated photo (Photo courtesy Columbia Records) Don DeVito, a Grammy-winning producer and A&R exec whose 40-year career was astonishingly spent at the same label, Columbia Records, died in New York on ...

  42. Marche des Musiques Actuelles (MaMA), French Music Trade Show, Sees Growth with Second Installment

    November 02, 2011 1:40 PM EDT The second edition of French music trade show MaMA (Marché des Musiques Actuelles, which means Pop Music Market) took place in Paris on October 21 and 22. It proved successful, with 1,183 companies registered (against 724 in 2010) and 2,448 visito ...

  43. Backbeat: Verse Simmonds Talks Sex-Centric Music, Working With Rihanna, New Album @ NYC's La Esquina

    October 24, 2011 7:20 AM EDT . Verse Simmonds isn't one to bite his tongue. During a lunch at NYC's La Esquina on Wednesday (Oct. 19), the singer-songwriter/producer, joined by Dave Melhado of MBM Management, publicist Priya Bhambri of MVD Inc., and his team, wasn&# ...

  44. Backbeat: Lalah Hathaway Celebrates 'Where It All Begins' @ L.A. Live's Conga Room

    October 14, 2011 3:00 AM EDT Before hitting the stage, Lalah Hathaway (center) made the red carpet rounds with Concord Music Group/Fantasy/Stax project management executive Michele Smith (left) and manager Marcus King (right). (Photo: Ashley Stagg) "It's cool to wav ...

  45. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri at ASCAP'S ATL Legends Dinner

    September 29, 2011 6:30 PM EDT To The Nines: Multi-hyphenate and an ATL Legend Ne-Yo ; ASCAP's Jennifer Drake, Director, Rhythm & Soul; ASCAP's VP, Rhythm & Soul Nicole George, Devyne Stephens, CEO of Upfront Megatainment. (Photo: The Picture Group) It was a c ...

  46. Backbeat: Frankmusik Talks Enrique Iglesias, Cherrytree Records Backstage @ Erasure's NYC Show

    September 27, 2011 3:19 PM EDT Can You Hear The Musik: Frankmusik backstage at Terminal 5. (Photo: Jeff Benjamin/Billboard) Frankmusik is preparing for the September 27th release of his album "Do It In The AM" with a supporting slot on Erasure 's "Erasure: T ...

  47. Van Halen Sign With Columbia Records?

    September 19, 2011 8:40 PM EDT The rumor mill is abuzz with talk of a new Van Halen album -- their first with original singer David Lee Roth since he left the band in 1985, the band's first since 1998's "Van Halen III" and the first to be released on a label ...

  48. Backbeat: The Gourds Celebrate Vanguard Records Debut Album At L.A. Release Party

    September 16, 2011 12:53 AM EDT "This is the biggest night of our career," Gourds accordionist/keyboardist Claude Bernard joked early on during the alt-country band's album release party at Los Angeles' Echo on Sept. 13. But the ear-to-ear smiles on concertgo ...

  49. Amid Layoffs, Is Warner Bros. Records Abandoning Rock Music?

    September 09, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The goodbye email from Reprise senior vice president of promotion Mike Rittberg said it all. "Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. Records," he wrote on Sept. 8, the day he and more than a dozen oth ...

  50. No I.D. Talks New Def Jam Position, Jay-Z's Next Album

    August 31, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Between helping Big Sean score a breakout hit, contributing to "Watch The Throne" and being named to a to a top position at Def Jam Recordings earlier this week, No I.D. has enjoyed a stellar 2011, and he's not done yet. The veteran ...

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