A&R

  1. Joel Chin, VP Records Director of A&R, Murdered In Jamaica

    August 17, 2011 7:45 PM EDT The Director of A&R for VP Records, Joel Chin, 35, was fatally shot in the head in front of his Stony Hill, St Andrew home, a few miles north of Jamaica's capital Kingston, at 10:45 PM last night (August 16) as he alighted from his car. N ...

  2. Rondor Promotes Kevin Hall to Executive Vice President/Creative

    August 17, 2011 1:51 PM EDT Rondor Music Publishing, a division of Universal Music Group, has promoted Kevin Hall to Executive Vice President of Creative, it was announced today by company President Lance Freed, to whom Hall reports. Hall was formerly Senior Vice President o ...

  3. Nick Lowe Enthralls Grammy Museum Crowd

    August 17, 2011 7:26 AM EDT Nick Lowe who told the audience at the Grammy Museum last night that "As you get older, it's more fun to sing the blues. It cheers you up." The history of Nick Lowe, from his childhood favorites to Brinsley Schwartz and "(What& ...

  4. Brandon Creed Appointed to A&R Post at Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown

    August 15, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown announced today that Brandon Creed, manager of Bruno Mars, will be serving as an A&R consultant to both companies. He will report to Barry Weiss, chairman & CEO of both companies. "As we co ...

  5. Exclusive: Peter Edge and Tom Corson Talk RCA Music Group's Future

    August 10, 2011 8:00 AM EDT With the appointment of veteran A&R executive Peter Edge as CEO of RCA Music Group , Sony Music Entertainment's leadership team under new chairman/CEO Doug Morris is coming into greater focus. Edge, who was previously president of A&R ...

  6. Rob Stevenson Joins Universal Republic

    August 08, 2011 11:27 AM EDT As forecast by Billboard , Universal Republic Records announced today (August 8) that Rob Stevenson has been appointed to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of A&R. The announcement was made today by Monte Lipman, President ...

  7. Peter Edge Appointed CEO of RCA Music Group

    August 08, 2011 9:58 AM EDT Peter Edge, CEO (left) and Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Music Group Peter Edge has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group, it was announced today (August 8) by Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris. Edge will report t ...

  8. Meet Billboard's 2011 '30 Under 30': The Young Execs You Need to Know

    August 05, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Rising young executives who are driving our business forward take the spotlight once again in this seventh annual edition of Billboard's Power Players special feature, "30 Under 30." Exclusively on Billboard.biz, many of the honoree ...

  9. Steven Propas, Canadian Music Industry Veteran, Dead at 63

    August 04, 2011 2:50 PM EDT The music industry is mourning the loss of colorful character and ace negotiator Steven Propas, who died suddenly of heart failure on August 2 at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital. He was 63. By all accounts, Propas, who operated Propas Internati ...

  10. Barbra Streisand in 'Heated' Talks for Columbia Records Deal Renewal

    July 13, 2011 11:26 PM EDT Every Columbia Records employee knows about the "five Bs": Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Keeping this mega-selling group happy has long been a top priority at the venerable Sony Music label, ...

  11. Hot Chelle Rae: The Story Behind the Success of 'Tonight Tonight'

    July 05, 2011 2:26 PM EDT They formed in Nashville in 2005, signed with Jive in the fall of 2008 and are having their breakthrough moment with their infectious pop/rock single, "Tonight Tonight." That song has climbed steadily on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching N ...

  12. 30 Under 30 Nominees

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Congratulations to all of the executives nominated by their peers and co-workers for this year's 30 Under 30 list! JAMIE ABZUG director of publicity, RCA Music Group JAMES ARMSTRONG manager of music resources, EMI Music Publishing NATE AUERBA ...

  13. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  14. Gee Roberson Named Chairman of Geffen Records

    June 21, 2011 4:24 PM EDT Gee Roberson -- co-CEO of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the management firm that handles Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and others -- has been named chairman of Geffen Records, a move that Billboard.Biz reported was in the works last week . He wi ...

  15. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  16. 1000 No. 1s: Which Record Labels Have Ruled The Billboard Hot 100?

    February 18, 2011 7:30 AM EST A word cloud reflecting the percentage of songs in the Billboard Hot 100's first 1000 No. 1 songs -- click here for a larger version, and head here for a list of all labels with more than four No. 1 songs. This week, Billboard published " ...

  17. MIDEM Photo Gallery II: Night Owls from Ministry of Sound, Mobile Roadie, Musicmetric, Mobile Ally, Tommy Boy And More

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Left to right: Hiroki Beck, International A&R Coordinator, Ministry of Sound U.K.; David Dollimore, Managing Director of Recording, Ministry of Sound U.K.; Dipesh Parmar, Sr. A&R Manager, Ministry of Sound U.K. Ministry of Sound was well r ...

  18. Mike Elizondo Joins Warner Bros. as Staff Producer and A&R Exec

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Mike Elizondo, who has worked with Eminem, Dr. Dre and produced Fiona Apple's 2005 album Extraordinary Machine, has joined Warner Bros. Records as a staff producer and Senior VP of A&R, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's the sa ...

  19. U.K.-Based [Pias] Recordings Relaunches Play It Again Sam Label

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based [PIAS] Recordings announced today it is re-launching its Play It Again Sam label. The imprint, originally established in 1983 by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot, will join Wall of Sound and Different Recordings under the [PIAS] umbrella. ...

  20. Warner U.K. Launches Dance Imprint

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has launched a new dance music imprint, One More Tune (OMT). In a statement, Warner said the label will sign and develop talent from the U.K. and around the world and build on the major's dance heritage, which includes reper ...

  21. The Cars Reunite For First Album In 23 Years

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Ric Ocasek-led new wave band the Cars have reunited to record their first album in 23 years and may support it with a tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The sessions were first confirmed by veteran engineer Paul Orofino in posts on the Pro Sound ...

  22. BACKBEAT: R&B Group Ahmir Signs to Robbins Entertainment

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ahmir , 2006 winner of Billboard's Hip Hop and R&B "We Hear The Future" competition signed to Robbins Entertainment (RED/Sony Music) on September 22. Celebrating their partnership are (top row, from left) May Cheung , consumer r ...

  23. @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 2: Genuine Optimism

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Has the music industry reached an inflection point? Maybe it was the forward-looking topics of the panels at the Leadership Music Digital Summit. Most likely it was because of the particular group of industry leaders in attendance. In any case, af ...

  24. BACKBEAT: The Plain White Tees, 'Glee,' Drake, The Bloodstock Festival and many more

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard stopped by McCann Erickson’s New York office on Aug. 18 for an acoustic performance by members of the Plain White T’s . The band played four songs, including new single “Rhythm of Love” (released Aug. 10) and megahit “Hey There Delilah”, ...

  25. Bieber-Mania Sparks Search for the Next Teen Sensation

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What does 16-year-old Justin Bieber share in common with musical icons Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana and Britney Spears? They all, at one time or another, have inspired record company A&R executives en masse to aggressively sign up art ...

  26. N-Dubz Latest U.K. Urban Import To Score U.S. Deal

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT N-Dubz is the latest U.K. urban/pop act to strike a U.S. label deal, following in the wake of recent Hot 100 chart-toppers Tiaio Cruz and Jay Sean. The hip-hop/R&B trio has signed a U.S. deal with Island Def Jam. In a statement, Island Def Jam ...

  27. Hoodoo Gurus Frontman Among Big Sound 2010 Speakers

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner, Australian music industry veteran John O'Donnell and American music writer Michael Azerrad are in the first batch of speakers confirmed for the Big Sound 2010 conference, to be held Sept. 8-10 in Brisbane. ...

  28. A&M/Octone Records CEO Diener To Keynote NARM

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT James Diener, CEO/president of A&M/Octone Records, will deliver the opening keynote address on May 16 at the association's annual convention, which will be held at the Hilton Chicago on May 15-17. In his address, Diener, who founded Octon ...

  29. Universal Music Latino, Machete Shift To LA

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Latino and Machete are shifting their operations from Miami to Los Angeles. The move is the latest following the restructuring of Universal's Latin division and the creation of Universal Music Latin Entertainment last year fol ...

  30. XL Re-Shapes Its U.K. A&R

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie XL Recordings has restructured its A&R operations, with the label's senior A&R manager Hannah Overton and A&R consultant Imran Ahmed both elevated to newly-created positions as A&R directors. At the same time, XL A& ...

  31. EMI Music Publishing Ups Johnny Tennander

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has promoted Johnny Tennander to VP of A&R (Europe) and head of A&R (Scandinavia). In the newly created role, Stockholm-based Tennander will be charged with discovering and signing song-writing talent across the contin ...

  32. Rykodisc Shuffled Under ILG, Staff Cut

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc Records, which has been operating as a stand-alone label since it was acquired by the Warner Music Group in 2006, has been placed under WMG's Independent Label Group. As part of the move, five Ryko staffers have been let go and ILG w ...

  33. Music Industry Remembers Michael Jackson

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "[A specific memory?] I've got a big one. Thursday morning, 12:30 a.m. He finishes the three-hour rehearsal [at Los Angeles' Staples Center], he goes over and does a group hug with Frank Dileo and Kenny Ortega, then he comes over to ...

  34. Roscic Heads Up Sony Classical

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bogdan Roscic has been appointed president, Sony Music Classical by Sony CEO Rolf Scmidt-Holtz. Effective April 6, the newly created role gives Roscic responsibility for all of Sony's Classical operations. He will report directly to Schmidt-H ...

  35. Hicks Named Def Jam Executive VP

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chris Hicks has been named executive vice president at Def Jam Records, a source told Billboard.biz. Hicks was previously senior VP of A&R for Warner Music Group and Warner Chappell Music. Hicks, a Richmond, California native-cum-Atlanta resid ...

  36. Tropisounds' Mario Marrero Dies From Cancer

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mario Marrero, a composer, executive producer and pastor who worked in A&R at indie label Tropisounds, has died. He was 55. Marrero passed away from cancer at the University Hospital Medical Center in Broward County, Fla., on Wednesday, accord ...

  37. Universal Acquires Joint Venture X-Cell

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST X-Cell Records, a joint venture co-launched at the beginning of 2007 by Universal Music Germany in Berlin and producer George Glueck, is to be integrated into Universal Music. "Glueck will continue to be in charge of all of X-Cell's crea ...

  38. Lester Consults Hollywood On Craig David Hits

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Colin Lester, previously co-director of London-based Wildlife Entertainment, has launched a new management company, CLM. Lester will continue to represent U.K. R&B artist Craig David and one of his first moves was to hire Adam Hollywood, recen ...

  39. Billboard Q&A: Top EMI Music Execs Talk

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST When Billboard arrived at EMI's famed Capitol Tower in Hollywood to interview new recorded music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti, we got a surprise: joining Leoni-Sceti were president of A&R for North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland Nick Gat ...

  40. Kazumoto Appointed Universal J Managing Director

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Japan has appointed Masahiro Kazumoto as managing director of Universal J, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Universal J is the largest and oldest Japanese domestic music label in Universal Music Japan and Kazumoto is rising from senior mana ...

  41. EMI Unveils New Divisions

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Restructuring at EMI is continuing, with the company splitting its recorded music operations into three main business units: new music, catalog and music services. EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti is presenting his new vision and strateg ...

  42. Rejects No More

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT About two months before the release of their third studio album, "When the World Comes Down," due Dec. 16 via Interscope, All-American Rejects singer/bassist Tyson Ritter is spending most of his free time drinking beer and engaging in ki ...

  43. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  44. Poston Restructures EMI Aus

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australasia has completed a restructure of its A&R, marketing and new channel, synchronization & licensing departments. Its new chairman Mark Poston, who took over from John O'Donnell on Sept. 11, last month upped head of A& ...

  45. Marshall Out At Warner Bros. U.K.

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Korda Marshall, managing director of Warner Bros. Records U.K., is leaving the company. Widely regarded as one of the leading A&R men of his generation, Marshall will leave upon completion of his contract later this month. He joined Warner Mus ...

  46. Diverse Recipient List For Gold Badge Awards

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recipients of the U.K.'s 35th Gold Badge Awards, held annually to recognize the achievements of often-overlooked members of the biz, have been revealed. The awards will be held, in association with the MCPS-PRS Alliance, on Oct. 29 at Lon ...

  47. Warner Bros. Execs Fill New Roles

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major changes have occurred atop the Warner Bros. Records (WBR) pyramid, where WBR COO Diarmuid Quinn has added president stripes valid for Reprise Records. WBR executive VP of promotion Tom "Grover" Biery will now pull double-duty as GM ...

  48. EMI Slashes Operations in SE Asia

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is shuttering its operations in a string of Southeast Asian markets, handing its distribution and marketing over to Warner Music Group (WMG). The move, which was announced today and is effective immediately, followed several weeks of ind ...

  49. Razor & Tie Ups Tischker

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Razor & Tie Entertainment has promoted Beka Tischker to the role of VP of A&R and music publishing. Prior to her promotion, Tischker was senior director of A&R, a position she has held since 2006. Tischker started out as creative direc ...

  50. Ferrera Named A&R Exec At Island, Mercury

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Stephen Ferrera has been appointed executive VP of A&R for Island and Mercury Records. Ferrera reports to David Massey, president of Mercury Records, and is based in New York. Ferrera moves to Island and Mercury from RCA Music Group where he w ...

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