1. Greg Thompson Named President of Maverick Music, Exiting the Capitol Tower

    April 07, 2016 5:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran industry executive Greg Thompson is leaving Capitol Music Group and will take over as President of Maverick Music, the management company's founder Guy Oseary announced today. Thompson will be leaving his post as EVP in charge of sales, ...

  2. Capitol Music Group Names New SVP of Marketing

    April 29, 2015 8:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mitra Darab arrives at the Universal Music label from Warner Bros. Mitra Darab has been named senior vice president of marketing at Capitol Music Group, the company announced on April 27. She will report to CMG executive vice president Greg Thompson ...

  3. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy ...

  4. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units t ...

  5. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song on the rise, and could see even greate ...

  6. Ron Spaulding Out at Capitol

    August 18, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Eighteen months after being named senior vice president of sales at Capitol Music Group, Ron Spaulding has exited the label’s iconic Hollywood tower.   A statement released on Aug. 18 named Vince Szydlowski senior vice president of Label Sales for ...

  7. Katy Perry Ties Rihanna For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    February 10, 2014 2:05 PM EST With a 3-1 gallop for 'Dark Horse,' Perry matches Rihanna's total of 11 No. 1s on the radio airplay chart Katy Perry matches Rihanna for the most No. 1s in the 21-year history of Billboard's top 40-based Pop Songs radio airpla ...

  8. More of the 'Same': Mary Lambert's 'She Keeps Me Warm' Rises at Radio

    January 27, 2014 4:34 PM EST The singer of the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy event track 'Same Love' expanded her vocal into a full song that's now scaling Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. After appearing on last night's Grammy Awa ...

  9. Katy Perry Rides In On A 'Dark Horse,' Her Aptly Titled, Unexpected Hit

    December 09, 2013 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 As proper 'PRISM' single 'Unconditionally' scales Pop Songs, the non-promoted 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, debuts on the chart Katy Perry's song "Dark Horse" is living up to its title as a surprise hi ...

  10. Q4 Label Special: Capitol's Steve Barnett, Greg Thompson Reflect on First Year Under Universal, Returning to 'the Tower'

    October 29, 2013 2:47 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD "NOW That’s What I Call Music Vol. 45" 475,000 copies, 0 TEA "NOW That’s What I Call Music Vol. 42" 254,000 copies, 163,000 TEA 2013 Grammy Nominees 335,000 copies BIG Q4 RELEASES Katy Perry, "Prism&quo ...

  11. Ask Billboard: Is Katy Perry's 'Prism' Better Than 'Teenage Dream'?

    October 25, 2013 7:35 PM EDT A look at possible singles from - and the future success of - Perry's new album. Plus, women are ruling the Hot 100 at a nearly historic level As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb ...

  12. Katy Perry’s Executive Team On 'PRISM' Roll-Out: Steve Barnett, Martin Kirkup, Greg Thompson In Their Own Words

    October 18, 2013 8:00 AM EDT The unprecedented success of Katy Perry’s 2010 album "Teenage Dream" set the bar for a follow-up extremely high. How, in this day and age, does anyone sell 2.8 million albums? Or surpass a milestone like being the first woman in the ...

  13. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  14. Katy Perry's Future 'Prism' Hits: Industry Picks

    September 09, 2013 1:17 PM EDT While Katy Perry's "Roar" growled its way to the Billboard Hot 100 summit last week, PDs and others in the industry are already focusing on potential future hits from "Prism", her studio set due Oct. 22. Capitol Records ...

  15. Katy Perry's Future 'Prism' Hits: Industry Picks

    September 09, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Attendees to Capitol Records' listening party at Solo in New York Thursday (Sept. 5) predict a string of hits from Katy Perry's forthcoming album 'Prism' While Katy Perry's "Roar" growled its way to the Billboard ...

  16. Kirdis Postelle Named SVP of Marketing at Capitol Music Group

    May 22, 2013 4:53 PM EDT Kirdis Postelle, the former general manager and 17 year veteran of Dr. Dre's label Aftermath Entertainment, has been named Capitol Music Group's new SVP of marketing, it was announced today. “Kirdis is an extremely talented and well-ro ...

  17. Capitol Music Raises Dennis Reese to Head of Promotion

    February 28, 2013 12:59 PM EST Capitol Music Group announced yet another executive hire today, elevating Dennis Reese from SVP of promotion to head of promotion. “Dennis is a passionate music executive who possesses an unmatched knowledge of the ever-changing landscape of radio ...

  18. Piero Giramonti Named GM of Harvest Records

    February 25, 2013 11:48 AM EST Piero Giramonti joins the growing list of recent executive appointees at Capitol Music Group and its subsidiaries; the music industry veteran has been named general manager of the long-standing Harvest Records. Harvest's extensive catalog of ...

  19. Greg Thompson Appointed EVP of Capitol Music Group

    January 22, 2013 6:00 PM EST Greg Thompson has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group, chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced today. According to a statement, Thompson will serve as a senior member of Barnett's executive team, overseeing Sales, Pr ...

  20. Backbeat: Julie Greenwald, Kathy Willard, Julie Swidler, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 03, 2012 4:28 PM EST All Together Now: Billboard's 2012 Women In Music honorees, present at the ceremony on Friday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd every year, and as you can see from the photos belo ...

  21. Backbeat: Marsha Vlasic, Marcie Allen, Jody Gerson, Julie Pilat, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    November 30, 2012 10:39 PM EST Nearly all of Billboard's Women in Music honorees take the stage during Friday's ceremony with editorial director Bill Werde kneeling, center (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd ...

  22. How Katy Perry & Capitol/EMI Turned Fearlessness, Gut Instinct, Well-Crafted Material Into Massive Success

    November 30, 2012 12:55 PM EST Katy Perry certainly began her relationship with Capitol/EMI Records on a provocative note-or is it all new artists that favor a first single about kissing someone of the same gender? Executive VP of marketing/promotion Greg Thompson remembers the ...

  23. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  24. The Beach Boys: Why God Made Radio - And TV

    May 23, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 Millions of transistors and AM car receivers once blasted the Beach Boys' hits during the mid-'60s and, aptly, radio is a key component in the campaign to promote the band's 50th anniversary and the first single/title track from its new ...

  25. The Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun At 50

    May 23, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 The Beach Boys have turned the group's golden anniversary into an extended period of good vibrations for fans, and for the band itself. The group is marking the milestone with a long-awaited reunion of surviving members Mike Love and Bruce Johnst ...

  26. Photos: Katy Perry, David Guetta, Robyn, Roger Faxon Rock EMI's Carnival-Themed Grammy After Party

    February 15, 2012 5:15 PM EST Guest attend the circus-themed EMI Grammy afterparty at The Capitol Tower in L.A. on Febr 12 (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Getty Images) Back in the day, record labels used to go all-out for their Grammy parties, and EMI's circus-themed event, held ...

  27. Katy Perry Lands 6th No. 1 From 'Dream' on the Mainstream Top 40 (Not Hot 100) Chart

    January 30, 2012 6:37 PM EST It's sweet six-cess for Katy Perry on the latest Billboard radio airplay charts. Perry's "The One That Got Away" lifts 2-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 tally to become the record-extending sixth No. 1 ...

  28. Coldplay, Clear Channel Partner To Give Fans Preview of New Album

    October 07, 2011 8:06 AM EDT Coldplay fans can get some early previews at the band's upcoming album (and the band gets some extra promotion) in the Clear Channel's new Artist Integration Program starting Oct. 10. "Capitol Records and Coldplay are excited to par ...

  29. Katy Perry's Sixth 'Teenage Dream' Single Starts At Radio

    September 28, 2011 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Can Katy Perry make Billboard Hot 100 history by notching a sixth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream"? Radio begins to weigh in on the answer today (Sept. 28), as Capitol Records serviced "The One That Got Away" to mainstream to ...

  30. Capitol To Release Sixth Single From Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream'

    September 14, 2011 11:41 AM EDT "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Such is the thinking, as voiced by EMI Music/Capitol Records EVP/marketing and promotion Greg Thompson, behind the label's decision to release a sixth pop radio single from Katy Perry's album ...

  31. Katy Perry's Sixth 'Teenage Dream' Single Will Be...

    September 14, 2011 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Such is the thinking, as voiced by EMI Music/Capitol Records EVP/marketing and promotion Greg Thompson, behind the label's decision to release a sixth pop radio single from Katy Perry 's album, ...

  32. Adele Brings A Ballad Back To The Hot 100 Summit

    September 09, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 H ey Gary, Remember when you said in a recent "Ask Billboard" column that a ballad likely wouldn't hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 anytime soon? I think that with "Someone Like You" reaching the top , Adele has proven tha ...

  33. Angelica Cob-Baehler Leaving EMI to Join LA Reid at Epic: Sources

    September 07, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Angelica Cob-Baehler, EMI's Executive Vice President of Media & Creative Services, is leaving the company to take on a key role in LA Reid's new regime at Epic, sources tell Billboard.biz. In a memo to the company's staff this m ...

  34. Can Katy Perry Pass Michael Jackson For Hot 100 History?

    August 23, 2011 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 After joining the King of Pop in making Billboard Hot 100 history , can Katy Perry do him one better? Perry last week became the first woman, and second artist overall after Michael Jackson , in the 53-year history of the chart to send five songs fr ...

  35. The Decemberists Look Back to Roots for 'The King is Dead'

    January 17, 2011 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A decade after the band formed -- and five years and two albums after it signed to Capitol -- the Decemberists are returning to their folk-rock roots. At just the right time, perhaps: The team surrounding the Portland, Ore. band says this is the gro ...

  36. Sick Puppies Ride Touring, Free Hugs to Success

    December 02, 2010 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 A combination of hard work and free hugs is helping Australian rockers Sick Puppies sniff out growing success in the United States. The band has toured the United States relentlessly since relocating from Sydney to Los Angeles, playing more than 600 ...

  37. KT Tunstall Shows Off Claws on 'Tiger Suit'

    September 05, 2010 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 At a recent media showcase in London, KT Tunstall offered an unusual description of the songs from her forthcoming third album: "Like Eddie Cochran working with Leftfield," she told the assembled press. And indeed, while "Tiger Suit&q ...

  38. Kanye West's Embrace of Twitter Reveals Broader Trend in Album Promotion

    August 27, 2010 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ticked off by a rash of fake Twitter accounts created in his name, Kanye West turned to his blog in May 2009 to unleash an expletive-laden rant against the microblogging site. "I DON'T HAVE A F**KING TWITTER," West wrote. "WHY WO ...

  39. Michael Franti Pushes Up 'Sound of Sunshine' Release

    July 26, 2010 9:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Thirteen years later, Michael Franti is right back where he started. After releasing several independent albums, the barefoot troubadour and band Spearhead are now signed to Capitol -- the major the act left in 1997 after releasing two albums. " ...

  40. Corinne Bailey Rae: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 11, 2010 4:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Almost as quickly as she showed up, Corinne Bailey Rae has disappeared. The U.K. singer/songwriter just finished a highly abbreviated set at the 150-capacity Joe's Pub -- one of two New York gigs in early December, and her first live dates here ...

  41. 30 Seconds To Mars Recruits Fans For 'War'

    November 23, 2009 2:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Plenty of artists pay lip service to loving their fans, but usually limit their interaction to meet-and-greets, replying to tweets and shout-outs from the stage. But 30 Seconds to Mars , which is about to release its third album, "This Is War,& ...

  42. EMI Expands Role Of Thompson, Cob-Baehler

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 EMI Music in North America has appointed Greg Thompson to an expanded, new role as executive VP of marketing and promotion. In addition to leading EMI Music's radio and video promotion teams, Thompson will take on additional responsibility for pr ...

  43. Nash Named Senior VP At EMI

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Richard Nash has been appointed senior VP of urban promotion for EMI Music in North America. He will report to Greg Thompson, executive VP of promotion for the company. Nash comes to EMI from PlayTyme Entertainment, an independent label and promot ...

  44. Thompson To Lead Virgin, Capitol Promo Staffs

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Greg Thompson, former executive VP at Island Def Jam Music Group, will join the Capitol Music Group staff on Thursday to lead the Virgin and Capitol promotion departments, Billboard.biz has learned. The move was revealed during a conference call w ...

  45. Layoffs Continue At Island Def Jam

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Staffing cuts continue at Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam division. A&R representatives Paul Pontius and Rob Stevenson have exited, following last week’s departure of executive VP of promotion Greg Thompson . Additionally, the staff of ...

  46. Thompson Exits Island Def Jam

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam executive VP of promotion Greg Thompson has left the company. No replacement has been named. Thompson joined IDJ in March of 2005 as executive VP of sales and marketing, and moved over to head the promotion department in May of 2005 ...

  47. Island Def Jam Names Fischer To Senior Role

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mark Fischer has been appointed senior VP of promotion, rock formats for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Fischer reports to Greg Thompson, executive VP of promotion of IDJMG, and is based in New Y Mark Fischer has been appointed senior VP of p ...

  48. Island Def Jam Appoints Senior Promo VP

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rick Sackheim joins IDJ from Jive. Rick Sackheim has joined Island Def Jam Music Group as senior VP of promotion. In his new position, he'll oversee all radio formats, as well as the field staff. He joins from Jive, where he was VP rhythm/cro ...

  49. IDJMG Promotes Thompson to EVP Of Promotion

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Greg Thompson has been appointed executive VP of promotion for Island Def Jam Music Group. In this new position, Mr. Thompson will oversee the activities of IDJ's promotion (excluding urban promotion Greg Thompson has been appointed executive ...

  50. IDJ Names Marketing Chief

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has named Greg Thompson as executive VP of marketing. Thompson joins IDJ from Warner Music Group, where he has served as executive VP/GM of Elektra since 1999. Island Def Jam Music Group has named Greg Thompson as execut ...

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