Columbia Records

  1. Strategy for Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ Album Banks on Oscars, Red Bull Ad and Europe (Exclusive)

    February 19, 2014 9:34 PM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, “Happy,” will definit ...

  2. Columbia to Release '12 Years a Slave's' John Legend-Curated Soundtrack

    October 18, 2013 7:29 PM EDT Columbia Records and John Legend are continuing their relationship, with the Sony-owned label nabbing the rights to release the Legend-curated "12 Years a Slave" soundtrack. The 16-track album, featuring original recordings from Legend ...

  3. Joel Klaiman Officially Named Columbia Records' EVP/GM

    December 12, 2012 9:28 AM EST It's official: Joel Klaiman is now the executive vice president and general manager of Columbia Records, according to an announcement made by label CEO and chairman Rob Stringer. Klaiman, who was formerly EVP at Universal Republic, will overs ...

  4. 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: " ...

  5. It's Official: Universal Names Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO of Capitol Music Group

    November 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Universal Music Group this morning made official a move that's been common knowledge in the music business for many weeks: The company "has begun the revitalization of EMI Recorded Music" with the appointment of former Columbia Reco ...

  6. Joel Klaiman Named Columbia Records Executive VP/GM: Sources

    November 12, 2012 9:03 PM EST In the ongoing tit-for-tat executive shuffle between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, Joel Klaiman is being named Columbia Records executive VP/GM. The news was first reported by Hits and later confirmed by reliable sources to B ...

  7. Capitol Swoops In For Barnett

    October 15, 2012 9:18 AM EDT Columbia executive latest big move as Universal reworks EMI. The pending appointment of Columbia Records president Steve Barnett to run Capitol Records should go a long way in proving Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge is co ...

  8. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  11. Sony Music Names Jenifer Mallory VP International Marketing

    August 06, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Sony Music today announced that Jenifer Mallory has been promoted to Vice President, International Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment. In her new capacity Mallory will lead international marketing campaigns for Sony's U.S.-signed artists, co ...

  12. Columbia Records Celebrates 125th Anniversary With Commemorative Book From Al Jolson to LL Cool J

    August 01, 2012 7:15 AM EDT To celebrate the company's 125th anniversary, Columbia Records is releasing 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, a book chronicling its history, on Oct. 30. 360 Sound traces the company's story beginning with its origins in the late 18 ...

  13. Mike Smith Named Mercury UK President of Music

    July 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Mike Smith, the former managing director of Columbia Records U.K., has been appointed president of music at Mercury Records U.K. Reporting to Mercury Records U.K. President Jason ILey, Smith takes up his new role September 10, having stepped down ...

  14. Former Warner, Capitol Chief Donates Interview Tapes to Library of Congress

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT When Columbia Records' legendary A&R executive John Hammond was hospitalized in the 1980s, Capitol Records' then-president Joe Smith visited and their conversation turned to the jazz artists they both loved. Smith asked if the recent ...

  15. Alison Donald, Mark Terry Appointed Co-Presidents of Columbia Records U.K.

    April 26, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Alison Donald and Mark Terry are to replace outgoing Columbia Records U.K. managing director Mike Smith. Effective May 1, Donald and Terry will assume joint responsibility for the running of the label, reporting to Nick Gatfield, Chairman and CEO ...

  16. Mike Smith Steps Down As Managing Director Columbia Records U.K.

    April 24, 2012 9:36 AM EDT Mike Smith has stepped down as managing director of Columbia Records U.K. with immediate effect. No reason has been given for his departure from the label, which was announced by Nick Gatfield, Chairman and CEO Sony Music this morning (April. 24). ...

  17. Mercyline 'Mike' Bernardo, Pioneering Female Music Exec, Dies

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Pioneering female music industry executive Mercyline "Mike" Bernardo -- former VP of Andre Harrell's Uptown Records and VP of promotion at Mercury Records -- passed away on March 14 following a lengthy illness. Raised in Newark, New ...

  18. Billboard Power 100: Rob Stringer & Steve Barnett

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 19 Rob Stringer & Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO, Chairman/COO Columbia Records Millions And Millions Sold... Columbia Records chairman/CEO Rob Stringer knows a good thing when he hears it. "When we signed this artist, we said this would ...

  19. Exclusive: Columbia and Neon Gold Co-Sign St. Lucia in First Joint Venture Deal

    January 12, 2012 6:30 AM EST In accordance with a label deal signed in December 2010, Columbia Records and independent specialty label Neon Gold have co-signed New York electro-pop artist St Lucia. The signing is first multi-album deal for Neon Gold, and the first co-signing ...

  20. Dr. Luke and Sony: Manager Says Luke Plans to 'Build the Label' Organically

    November 09, 2011 7:58 AM EST With the s igning of Dr. Luke to a label deal, Doug Morris has landed himself a new Jimmy Iovine, according to a story in the New York Times , which broke the news of the deal. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say that Sony is p ...

  21. Sony Might No Longer Have Right To Distribute Meat Loaf Albums

    September 30, 2011 8:19 PM EDT Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has sold approximately 43 million copies, making it the fifth best selling album of all time. The album continues to sell well, but Sony Music's control over this album as ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Columbia Records Nabs Music Rights To New NBC Series 'Smash'

    June 09, 2011 7:07 PM EDT Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's new musical series "Smash" that will premiere in mid-season. The music will include covers and originals composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind "H ...

  24. 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 " ...

  25. Who Destroyed Epic Records?

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST It started outlike any label showcase at October's CMJ, the five-night music conference that's been held every year since 1980, drawing hundreds of industry professionals, influencers, fans and upstart bands to New York City's clubs ...

  26. BACKBEAT: 20 Years and 50 Millions Albums Later - Shakira and Sony Celebrate Their Partnership

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following her sold-out concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sept. 21, Shakira and members of her label team celebrated her 20 years of music making and 50 million records sold with Sony Music. From left: Doneen Lombardi, Columbia/Epic La ...

  27. ‘Sing Along’ Star Mitch Miller Dies

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mitch Miller, the powerful American music executive who guided some of the biggest U.S. pop stars of the 1950s and had Americans crooning with him on the "Sing Along With Mitch" television show, has died at age 99. Miller, who wore a tra ...

  28. Streisand's 'Love' Climbs To No. 1 In U.K.

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a ...

  29. Japan's Columbia Builds On-Demand CD Service

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The on-demand CD printing service by Columbia Music Entertainment, Japan's oldest record label, is picking up steam. The service allows customers to order long out-of-print titles and receive them with new packaging, images and information. H ...

  30. Columbia Germany Opens Berlin Unit

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG's Columbia Germany label has launched a Berlin cell. With immediate effect, the label's Munich team will concentrate on the mainstream pop and pop-rock genres, while the new Berlin office will be responsible for its alternative ...

  31. CME Sheds 100 Staff

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment said March 14 that it will cut a total of 100 jobs as a restructuring measure to cope with falling sales of CDs and DVDs. The company will shed 60 regular employees through a voluntary retirement prog ...

  32. Columbia U.K. Establishes Indie Retail Network

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Columbia Label Group in the U.K. is hoping to facilitate more breakthrough artist successes through a new initiative which identifies the music firm's key independent retail partners. The Sony BMG Entertainment division's "Columbia ...

  33. XL's Huggett Takes Columbia A&R Role

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Entertainment U.K.'s Columbia Label Group has recruited Nick Huggett to the post of A&R head. With immediate effect, Huggett joins Columbia from indie label XL Recordings, where he has signed the likes of Mercury Music Prize winn ...

  34. Exclusive: Columbia Urban Team Takes Shape

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin's Columbia is beginning to take shape as Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua has been named the president of Columbia's urban department, Billboard.biz has learned. Formerly the senior VP of A&R at Warner Music Group until 2 ...

  35. Columbia Makes Staffing Changes

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Columbia Records has made a number of staffing changes since the hiring of Rick Rubin Columbia as co-chairman on May 14. Sony Urban's executive VP of A&R Kawan Prather, Columbia senior VP of marketing Barbara Jones, two promotions staffer ...

  36. Block Rises At Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Block has been named executive VP of sales for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Block is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group. Block rose through the Sony ranks ...

  37. Sony BMG U.K. Launches Online A&R, Blog Service

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG U.K. is getting closer to the unsigned artist community through a new interactive Web initiative. The music major is encouraging musicians to become members of its RCA or Columbia labels' A&R "virtual neighbourhood," wh ...

  38. Sony BMG U.K. Re-launches Epic

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Epic Label is getting a new lease on life in Britain. With immediate effect, Sony BMG Entertainment U.K. and Ireland has re-launched the label, which will sit alongside the major's current frontline music companies, RCA and Columbia Label ...

  39. Rubin Offered Columbia Exec Role

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Columbia Records is in talks with producer Rick Rubin to take the role of co-chairman of the label . Rubin, nominated for Grammys this year for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks, currently heads up his own imprint, Ameri ...

  40. CBS Records Relaunches

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST CBS Corp. is reaching into its past for its latest business proposition: the Tiffany network is launching its own label, CBS Records. The label is starting out small with three artists and plans to grow the roster to eight acts by the end of the y ...

  41. Columbia Names Tyler EVP

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bruce Tyler has been named executive VP at Columbia Records. He moves over from Sony Music Label Group U.S., where he had been serving as executive VP of promotion/market strategy. In his new supervisory role, Tyler will work closely with Columbia ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Major Promotion Changes At Columbia, Epic

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Columbia and Epic Records promotion departments underwent several staff changes today (Oct. 13), beginning with the exit of Columbia senior VP of promotion Ken Lane. No replacement has been named. The Columbia and Epic Records promotion depart ...

  44. Sony BMG Launches New Marketing Unit

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Division to focus on classical, catalog and TV properties. Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to drive greater exploitation of its catalog, classical and television properties by housing them in a new business unit with its corporate marketing ope ...

  45. Doherty Appointed Chief Of Sony BMG U.K.

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ged Doherty has been promoted to chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. and Ireland. He will succeed Rob Stringer, who will assume a New York-based role this September as president of S Ged Doherty has been promoted to chairman and ...

  46. Doherty Appointed Chief Of Sony BMG U.K.

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ged Doherty has been promoted to chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. and Ireland. He will succeed Rob Stringer, who will assume a New York-based role this September as president of S Ged Doherty has been promoted to chairman and ...

  47. Devine Exits Columbia

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will leave at the end of the month. Columbia Records Group West Coast GM/senior VP of A&R Tim Devine has decided to leave the label at the end of this month. Devine joined Columbia in 1996, following a stint at Capitol, and has worked with a n ...

  48. Sony BMG Folds Epic Nashville, Cuts 20 Staffers

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG is shuttering its Epic Records Nashville imprint and laying off approximately 20 employees. They are believed to include newly-promoted Epic VP of national promotion Tom Moran and former Sony Sony BMG is shuttering its Epic Records Nashvi ...

  49. Moran Replaces Macky At Epic

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves from Sony sister label Columbia. In the wake of VP of national promotion Bill Macky's April 12 dismissal from Epic Records, Tom Moran has been elevated to that position, reporting to label president John Grady. Moran previously was dire ...

  50. More Stripes For Sony's Ienner

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Label Group U.S. head Don Ienner is adding the title of chairman to his role as CEO. The promotion is one of the first key staffing moves from newly installed Sony BMG Music Entertainment c Sony Music Label Group U.S. head Don Ienner is ...

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