A&R

  1. EMI Recruits Melrose To Senior A&R Role

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music manager and A&R consultant Steven Melrose has been appointed VP, A&R labels for North America, U.K. and Ireland. Nick Gatfield, EMI's president of A&R labels, recruited Melrose, who will be based in Los Angeles. Melr ...

  2. Stevenson Named Virgin US President

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has appointed Rob Stevenson to president of Virgin US, effective Aug. 15. He will be based in the company's New York office and report to Nick Gatfield, president of A&R for North America, U.K. and Ireland at EMI Music. Most rec ...

  3. EMI Ups Key Execs In Latin American Unit

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As part of its continuing restructuring, EMI Music has announced key appointments in its Latin American operation, promoting Marcelo Castello Branco and Camilo Lara to dual roles in Brazil and Mexico, respectively. Castello Branco, who formerly he ...

  4. Former Bosstones Guitarist Named VP at Uni Republic

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nate Albert will step up to the position of VP of A&R for Universal Republic Records. In his new position, he will be based in New York and report to senior VP of A&R Tom Mackay. Albert - who was a founding member, guitarist and songwriter ...

  5. EMI Confirms Leoni-Sceti Hire, Hands Steps Aside

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands has added the final touches to his sweeping restructuring of EMI with the appointment of Elio Leoni-Sceti at the helm of its recorded music division. As part of the latest move, announced today, Hands will step aside from his chairmanshi ...

  6. Cecillon Exits EMI Again

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The latest restructuring move at EMI sees prominent London-based exec Jean-Francois Cecillon stepping down as EMI Music's president of A&R labels, international, and president Europe, Middle East and Africa. Cecillon's departure, whi ...

  7. Veteran Bradley Joins BMI

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nashville publishing and A&R veteran Clay Owen Bradley has joined BMI as assistant VP of writer/publisher relations. He was most recently senior director of A&R for Sony BMG Nashville, where he worked for the last five years. The new posit ...

  8. Catino Rises At Sony BMG Nashville

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Nashville senior director of A&R Jim Catino rises to VP of A&R for the company. A 13-year industry veteran who first joined the label group in 2001, Catino reports to executive VP of A&R Renee Bell. "Great A&R require ...

  9. AIM Blames Losses On MoS, Gut Bust

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A public spat which culminated in Ministry of Sound and Gut defecting from AIM's membership was today cited as a reason behind the indie association's widening losses in 2007. Speaking at AIM's annual general meeting today at London ...

  10. Lionsgate Promotes Ziecker To A&R Role

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lionsgate is expanding its creative team with the promotion of Russell Ziecker to the newly-created position of VP of TV Music and A&R. Ziecker, alongside Lionsgate Music president Jay Faires, will continue to head Lionsgate’s music operations ...

  11. McGoff Rises At EMI Music Pub U.K.

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has appointed Kenny McGoff as senior VP, head of A&R, in the United Kingdom. McGoff joined the publisher in 2000 as A&R manager and has since signed songwriter/artists like Arctic Monkeys, the Enemy, the Feeling, the F ...

  12. Shakir Stewart Heads Def Jam As Exec. VP

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Recordings has tapped Shakir Stewart as exec. VP. Promoted from his post as senior VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group, Stewart succeeds former Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. In his new role, Stewart will retain ...

  13. Donnelly Splits EMI Pub, Joins 4 Radio

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alex Donelly has left EMI Music Publishing after two years to take up the role as head of music for U.K. national broadcaster Channel 4's digital radio station, 4 Radio. EMI publishing brought Donelly (then known as Jones-Donelly) on board in ...

  14. EMI Promotions For Leonard, Unger-Hamilton

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands' radical transformation of EMI continues to reverberate within the U.K. company. The latest twist to the ongoing saga sees promotions for top A&R-oriented executives Miles Leonard and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, while Mark Collen and ...

  15. Bortnick Joins Kobalt

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has appointed Bob Bortnick to the position of senior VP of creative. Bortnick, based in New York, will be involved with writer relations, catalog acquisitions, creative services and writer/artist development. He will report to S ...

  16. EMI Publishing Makes A&R Hire

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Daniel Lloyd Jones has joined EMI Music Publishing U.K. as A&R manager. The former press officer joins from Warner Brothers Records where, for the past five years, he has helped break a string of bands including My Chemical Romance, Gnarls Bar ...

  17. Buenahora Finds New Home At Universal South

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Capitol Records Nashville senior director of A&R Arthur Buenahora, Jr. joins Universal Records South as VP of A&R. He will report to label president Mark Wright. Buenahora began his career in 1997 at the ground level at Sony/ATV/Tree Publi ...

  18. Warner/Chappell Finland Buys Ranka Pub Catalog

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music Finland has acquired the entire Ranka music publishing catalog. Ranka contains 1,300 predominantly Finnish metal and rock works, including songs by Spinefarm acts such as Children of Bodom, To/Die/For, Finntroll, Sonata Arcti ...

  19. Roc-A-Fella Remaining At Def Jam ... For Now

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Contrary to online rumors, Def Jam has not dropped the entire Roc-A-Fella Records roster, Billboard.biz has learned. Roc-A-Fella artists include Kanye West, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Tru Life, DJ Clue, Memphis Bleek, Young Gunz and Hector Bambino. &q ...

  20. EMI Music Pub Promotes Morrell

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has promoted Declan Morrell to senior VP East Coast creative. He was the publisher's U.K. senior VP of A&R who signed songwriters like James Blunt, Take That, Bullet For My Valentine and Busted. Morrell will be respon ...

  21. Shake-Up At EMI Germany

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Germany in Cologne is pooling all frontline labels under a single roof and creating three divisions, "young pop", "pop/rock" and "middle of the road/schlager". The Berlin office, with its staff of 13, is to ...

  22. Warner Buys Finland's HMC

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Nordic has acquired the multi-faceted Helsinki Music Company, a Finnish firm with operations in recorded music, merchandising, music publishing and touring. With immediate effect, HMC becomes a wholly-owned division of Warner Music Fi ...

  23. Sony/ATV Promotes Carey

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Kathleen Carey to senior VP international, adding responsibilities to her current U.S. A&R role. She was previously senior VP of A&R for the publisher. Carey assumes responsibility for signing sub-pub ...

  24. Kwak Promoted At Island Def Jam

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Karen Kwak has been promoted to executive VP of A&R operations for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Kwak is based in New York and will continue to directly report to Antonio "L.A." Reid, chairman of IDJMG. Most recently, Kwak serv ...

  25. Manager Frank Callari Dies At 55

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Frank Callari, who managed the Mavericks, Ryan Adams, Junior Brown and Lucinda Williams, among others, died of natural causes Oct. 26. He was 55. After graduating from the Hotel Ecolier in Lausanne, Switzerland, with a B.A. in hotel/restaurant man ...

  26. Radiohead Closing In On Deal For 'In Rainbows' CD

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead is closing in on a deal for the physical release of its new album, "In Rainbows," sources tell Billboard.biz A band spokesperson said earlier this week that the album, which will be available for download Oct. 10 via Radiohead. ...

  27. Edge Upped To A&R President At J Records

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Edge has been named president of A&R for J Records. Edge previously held the title of executive VP of A&R for J Records. He will continue to report to Clive Davis, chairman and CEO of BMG Label Group and will be based in the company& ...

  28. Universal Relaunches Australian A&R With Karpin, Taylor

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia is expanding its domestic A&R activities under its managing director George Ash. His strategy is to relaunch two iconic labels -- Island and Mercury -- into the Australian market as full-service, Sydney-based A&R ...

  29. Verve Names Cohen A&R VP

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mitchell Cohen has been named VP, A&R for the Verve Music Group. Cohen will be based in New York and report to Bruce Resnikoff, president and CEO of Universal Music Enterprises and the Verve Music Group. Most recently, Cohen was senior VP of A ...

  30. WMG Combines Cordless, Rykodisc

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is partnering its digital label Cordless with Rykodisc, a move intended to give Cordless artists access to Rykodisc's staff and distribution while enhancing the digital offerings of Rykodisc. As part of the restructuring, K ...

  31. Warner Taps Hicks For Publishing, Label Roles

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music has promoted Chris Hicks and created a label role for the entrepreneurial urban music executive. Warner/Chappell Music has promoted Hicks to senior VP, A&R, and head of urban music, while Atlantic Records has tapped him as senior ...

  32. IDJ To Revive Mercury Imprint

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam is reviving the Mercury imprint in the U.S. and has tapped veteran Sony Music A&R executive David Massey to serve as president of the division. Mercury -- which over the years has served as the U.S. home to acts like Bon Jovi, J ...

  33. Castello Branco Takes Reins At EMI Brazil

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Universal Music executive Marcelo Castello Branco has taken charge at EMI Music Brazil as managing director, effective April 2. Castello Branco, whose career spans 20 years in the music industry, was most recently the Madrid-based president ...

  34. Harbich Moves To Capitol Music Germany

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI today (Feb. 23) revealed that Achim Harbich, the former head of German independent Edel, has been appointed the new managing director of EMI's Capitol label in Cologne, Germany. Harbich reports to EMI Music Germany president Birgit Adels. ...

  35. Johnson Named A&R VP At J/Arista

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jaha Johnson has been named VP of A&R for J/Arista. Johnson will report directly to Clive Davis, chairman and CEO of BMG U.S. and will be based in the company's New York headquarters. Prior to joining J/Arista, Johnson co-founded Content, ...

  36. Interscope Geffen A&M Shifting To Octone

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Formerly affiliated with Sony BMG, New York-based Octone Records is shifting to the Universal Music Group and will be re-branded A&M/Octone. Octone is home to such acts as Maroon 5 and Flyleaf. Octone was formed in 2000 by J Records/RCA Music ...

  37. Jackson Takes Senior A&R Role At RCA

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Larry Jackson has been promoted to senior VP of A&R for the RCA Music Group. He was previously VP of A&R for J Records. Larry continues to report to Clive Davis, chairman and CEO BMG U.S. and is based in New York. Jackson joined J Records ...

  38. Virgin, EMI Classics Vet Lanceron Adds Stripes

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Classics president Costa Pilavachi has reorganized the label's executive structure, less than a year after joining the firm from Decca Music Group. Company veteran Alain Lanceron, president of Virgin Classics and director of EMI Classics ...

  39. Matheny Promoted To A&R VP At Legacy

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Patti Matheny has been promoted VP of A&R planning for Legacy Recordings. Matheny is based in New York and reports to Stacey Bain, executive VP of finance and operations of Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group. In her new role Matheny will o ...

  40. Chen Joins Chinas SUM As GM

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST SUM Entertainment, a Shanghai-based joint venture between Universal Music and the Shanghai Music Group (SMG) has appointed A&R chief Antonio Chen as its new GM, effective immediately. Chen replaces Carol Choi, who helped set up SUM in 2004 and ...

  41. UMGN Shuffles Execs

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville co-chairman James Stroud has exited the company while co-chairman Luke Lewis has signed a contract extension. According to a Universal Music Group spokesman, Stroud decided not to renew his contract and will focus o ...

  42. UMGN Ups Wright To VP

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville senior director of A&R Brian Wright rises to the position of VP of A&R for the label group. He will report to chairman Luke Lewis. Wright has been with the company for over six years and has worked with Suga ...

  43. CKY Races To Sign Global Deal With Roadrunner

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Netherlands-headquartered indie label Roadrunner Records has signed CKY, the Pennsylvania rock band, to a global deal. New releases are expected next year. The act, which released its debut album "Volume 1" in 1999 on U.S.-based Volcom E ...

  44. AR Vet Caplan Moves To Columbia

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST A&R vet Michael Caplan, who spent the past year as senior VP of A&R for Sony Music Label Group, moves over to Columbia Records in the same capacity. In addition to his new responsibilities, Caplan will also serve as president of One Haven, ...

  45. A&R Vet Caplan Moves To Columbia

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Will also serve as president of a new imprint. A&R vet Michael Caplan, who has spent the past year as senior VP of A&R for Sony Music Label Group, moves over to Columbia Records in the same capacity. In addition to his new responsibilities ...

  46. Sanctuary Reactivates Sequel, Slogan Imprints

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Records, the label division of publicly-listed U.K. company Sanctuary Group, has reactivating the Sequel and Slogan labels. Sequel will specialize as "a home for contemporary artists," particularly those with an established fan ...

  47. Sanctuary Reactivates Sequel, Slogan Imprints

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Records, the label division of publicly-listed U.K. company Sanctuary Group, has reactivating the Sequel and Slogan labels. Sanctuary Records, the label division of publicly-listed U.K. company Sanctuary Group, has reactivating the Seque ...

  48. Sanctuary Reactivates Sequel, Slogan Imprints

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Cooper Temple Clause, Idlewild, Cook releases due. Sanctuary Records, the label division of publicly-listed U.K. company Sanctuary Group, has reactivating the Sequel and Slogan labels. Sequel will specialize as "a home for contemporary artist ...

  49. Sanctuary Names Hammond Senior A&R VP

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Career includes stints with Sony, Capitol, Universal. Jeremy Hammond has been named senior VP of A&R for Sanctuary Records. Hammond, who is based in Los Angeles, moves to the position from the Sanctuary Group, where he was the senior VP of art ...

  50. A&R Vet Bell Rises At Sony BMG Nashville

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec handled Chesney, Evans, McBride. Sony BMG Nashville senior VP of A&R Renee Bell rises to the position of executive VP for the company. As part of the promotion, Bell adds A&R oversight for Columbia Nashville, which had previously been ...

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