1. Help Wanted: Sony Music Faces Hiring Challenge as L.A. Reid Departs

    May 12, 2017 3:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The sudden, unexplained exit of veteran label executive L.A. Reid from Sony Music Entertainment jolted the music industry Thursday, given Reid’s turnaround in recent years of Sony’s Epic Records -- the label behind what is currently the No. 1 song o ...

  2. Tom Mackay Named President of Sony Music Film and TV A&R

    April 06, 2017 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 The new hire comes from Universal's Republic Records where he had worked since 1998. Tom Mackay joins Sony Music Entertainment as the president of Sony music, film and television A&R, a newly created position, which will be based in Los Ang ...

  3. Sony Music's Kevin Kelleher Elevated to Chief Operating Officer

    February 27, 2017 12:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Kevin Kelleher will become chief operating officer of Sony Music Entertainment on April 1, reporting to Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer . The nearly 25-year Sony Music veteran currently is executive vp/CFO. Kelleher has been an integral decision maker i ...

  4. Incoming Sony Music Head Rob Stringer Reveals Harry Styles' Album 'Not Far Away' | Billboard News

    Incoming Sony Music Head Rob Stringer Reveals Harry Styles' Album 'Not Far Away' | Billboard News

    February 09, 2017 7:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Incoming Sony Music Head Rob Stringer just revealed some very exciting news about Harry Styles' upcoming album. music , 2017 , directioner , zayn malik , Zayn , billboard news , Billboard , one direction , Music News , harry styles Videos Rob S ...

  5. Columbia Records U.K. Names Ferdy Unger-Hamilton as New President

    October 31, 2016 4:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been named president of Columbia Records U.K., replacing Alison Donald and Mark Terry, who had jointly headed the division since 2012 and have both now left the company. ​ Unger-Hamilton joins Columbia after nearly eight yea ...

  6. Rob Stringer Named Sony Music CEO: The Industry Reacts

    October 19, 2016 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 3 News that Columbia Records head Rob Stringer would succeed industry veteran Doug Morris at the top of Sony Music was met with enthusiasm by his peers, many of whom have worked with the British executive for many years. Since moving to the U.S. side ...

  7. LCD Soundsystem Signs With Columbia Records: Exclusive

    February 13, 2016 10:38 AM EST 0 0 0 LCD Soundsystem has signed a deal with Columbia Records, according to label chairman Rob Stringer who made mention of the deal at Billboard's Power 100 event on Friday (Jan. 12).  James Murphy Apologizes for LCD Soundsystem Reunion, Promises 20 ...

  8. Rob Stringer: The 2016 Power 100 Red Carpet

    Rob Stringer: The 2016 Power 100 Red Carpet

    February 13, 2016 4:22 AM EST 0 0 0 Rob Stringer: The 2016 Power 100 Red Carpet music , Rod Stringer , lucian grainge , 2016 , Billboard , arrivals , Grammys , Power 100 , interview , red carpet Videos Rob Stringer Brightcove ...

  9. RCA's John Fleckenstein on the Shifting Record Business, D'Angelo's Mysterious Release

    February 17, 2015 3:41 PM EST John Fleckenstein hasn't just been around the block -- he's been around the world (and yes, that's also a reference to Daft Punk , whose Random Access Memories he marketed to international success). The executive vice president of ...

  10. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, ...

  11. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob Stringer, has signed the twosome, a rep for the label confirms, marking She & H ...

  12. Morning Fix: Prince and His Scary Masters; Pandora CFO Talks Q1; Music Wants a Slice of the Upfront Pie

    April 28, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE PRINCE GETS MASTERS BACK, WHICH LABELS SAY 'SCARES US SILLY' The April 18 announcement that Prince had re-signed with his first label, Warner Bros. Records, where he had resided from 1978 ...

  13. David Bowie Toasts Columbia Records' Rob Stringer: 'You're a Star'

    April 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The label chairman was recognized at London's Music Week Awards on April 24. Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer was among the music industry players to be recognized at the Music Week Awards on April 24. His tribute came by way of an unex ...

  14. T.I., Grand Hustle Sign To Columbia Records

    November 22, 2013 1:15 PM EST T.I. has announced that he and his Grand Hustle imprint have signed to Columbia Records. T.I. plans to release his upcoming ninth studio album, under Columbia Records, early in 2014. Tip has recruited Pharrell Williams, who was influential in his ...

  15. T.I. & Grand Hustle Sign To Columbia Records

    November 22, 2013 12:44 PM EST The rapper recruits Pharrell Williams to executive produce his upcoming 2014 album. T.I. has announced that he and his Grand Hustle imprint have signed to Columbia Records. T.I. plans to release his upcoming ninth studio album, under Columbia Recor ...

  16. Q4 Label Special: Columbia's Rob Stringer on Big Releases, Dark Horses, Gift Cards, 'No Daft Punk Xmas Record' (From the Magazine)

    October 21, 2013 3:15 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories" 1.1 million TEA, 794,000 copies No. 1 (peak), 21 weeks J. Cole, "Born Sinner" 768,000 TEA 609,000 copies No. 1, 17 weeks One Direction, "Take Me Home" 721,000 ...

  17. Rob Stringer Named UJA Visionary Of The Year As Adele, John Mayer, Doug Morris, Others Pay Tribute

    June 21, 2013 3:32 PM EDT "It's weird being called a visionary when you've got Neil Diamond in the room, the guy from Samsung here," said Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer, nodding to Jay-Z in his acceptance of the UJA-Federation of New York&# ...

  18. Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’: A Timeline of the Global Teaser Campaign

    May 17, 2013 1:20 PM EDT It started with a Facebook post: Two helmets, one gold and one silver, halved and fused down the center, set against plain black. Then came the 15-second ad, aired during the March 2 episode of “Saturday Night Live”; its first appearance o ...

  19. One Direction's Right Direction: The Billboard Cover Story

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As 2012 dawned, few American adults outside the most dedicated of Anglophiles knew much, if anything, about One Direction . In part, that's because the kind of boy-band pop One Direction had already turned into 2011's fastest-selling debut ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Depeche Mode Sign Worldwide Deal With Columbia Records

    December 11, 2012 8:45 AM EST Depeche Mode has signed a new worldwide deal with Columbia Records and will release a new album in March 2013. The band, comprised of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher and managed by Jonathan Kessler, had previously spen ...

  22. One Direction Headlines Sold-Out Show at Madison Square Garden

    December 04, 2012 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 One Direction's headlining gig Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the British boy band's first, was less of a proper concert and more of a victory lap from a banner year. A 90-minute plus set of the boys singing their hits as well as f ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Backbeat: LA's Haim Rock NYC's Santos With Columbia, Neon Gold, Universal Republic Execs

    August 06, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Photo: wagz2it for Stereogum.com LA-based sister act Haim (pronounced "hime") have been riding a fast-building buzz this year, due to the gloriously infectious indie-pop EP they released a few months back. In its wake came rapturous pres ...

  28. Cult Singer Rodriguez Risen in New Film 'Sugar Man'

    July 29, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Searching for Sugar Man" is a documentary about a musician very few people had heard about prior to this year. In the last six months, film festivals from January's Sundance in Utah through the Hamptons in New York on July 21 have pl ...

  29. 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- ...

  30. After Deleting Tracks, Ting Tings End Up 'Nowheresville'

    March 09, 2012 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 "I'm quite proud of my shittiness, to be honest," says Katie White, singer with U.K. indie pop duo the Ting Tings, referring to her modest guitar skills. "It gives us one of our little things." If you haven't already gu ...

  31. Exclusive: Adele's Manager Jonathan Dickins Talks Grammys, 2012 Tour Plans, and When to Say No

    February 14, 2012 12:30 PM EST With Adele from left: Doug Morris (Sony Music Entertainment CEO), Steve Barnett (Columbia Records Chairman/COO), Rob Stringer (Columbia Chairman/CEO) and manager Jonathan Dickins. (Photo: Sony Music) Adele was the obvious frontrunner for virtually ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. '21' And Up: Adele's Billboard Cover Story

    December 08, 2011 6:55 AM EST Newly bleached blonde bouffant a little askew, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins clasps her hands at her waist and begins to dish. "I came home from touring with my first album, and I caught up with some friends, trying to be all posh and stuff," ...

  34. Beyonce Album Sales Will Offer 'Vindication,' Says Columbia Chairman

    June 30, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After reports of dissatisfaction, panic and other pre-release drama, executives at Columbia Records are feeling vindicated by the positive early returns for Beyonce 's new album, "4." "All the speculation that gets around is frus ...

  35. Beyonce Album Sales Are a 'Vindication,' Columbia's Rob Stringer Says

    June 29, 2011 6:15 PM EDT After reports of dissatisfaction, panic and other pre-release drama, executives at Columbia Records are feeling vindicated by the positive early returns for Beyonce 's new album, "4." "All the speculation that gets around is fr ...

  36. Universal and Sony to Swap Execs, But Who'll Come Out On Top?

    February 01, 2011 3:29 PM EST 0 0 A report in Monday's The Guardian points to his ascent as a near certainty, positioning the 72-year-old music veteran as the most likely candidate to take outgoing chief executive Rolf Schmidt-Holtz's job. This would mark Morris' third ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Epic Records President Amanda Ghost Leaving Label

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Epic Records U.S. president Amanda Ghost will leave the label at the end of the year to focus on songwriting and production, according to a statement from Columbia/Epic Label Group chairman Rob Stringer. Ghost was named president of Epic last year. A ...

  39. Michael Jackson Lands $200 Million-plus Recording Deal

    March 16, 2010 7:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Even after his passing, the King of Pop will continue to rake in the dough. The estate of Michael Jackson has landed the late singer the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 proje ...

  40. 'This Is It' - The Inside Story Of The Michael Jackson Movie

    October 30, 2009 11:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 For "This Is It," Michael Jackson 's planned 50-concert residency at London's O2 Arena, the star's sudden, tragic death really could have been it, with millions of dollars lost for producer/promoter AEG Live and the star ...

  41. The Inside Story: Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For “This Is It,” Michael Jackson’s planned 50-concert residency at London’s O2 Arena, the star’s sudden, tragic death really could have been it, with millions of dollars lost for producer/promoter AEG Live and the star’s vision never realized. n ...

  42. 'Glee' Rewrites The Script On TV Music

    October 23, 2009 3:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Tony Soprano finally-all right, possibly-got whacked to the sounds of Journey 's "Don't Stop Believin' " in June 2007, America had mixed reactions. But the show's viewers all agreed that TV's greatest mafia bo ...

  43. Beyonce: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 01, 2009 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fans are still getting to know Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé's musical alter ego, formally introduced on the singer's 2008 album, "I Am...Sasha Fierce." Most probably don't know, however, that the singer/songwriter has been friends ...

  44. Shakira: The 'She Wolf' Billboard Cover Story

    September 16, 2009 2:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 In Shakira's hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia, there's a 15-foot metal statue of her, wearing bell-bottoms and strumming a guitar. It was donated by a German sculptor in 2006, in the midst of the singer's wildly successful Oral Fixa ...

  45. Kelly Rowland Leaves Columbia Records

    March 31, 2009 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer and Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has parted ways with her label, Columbia Records. While she no longer will be recording with the label as a solo artist, she will continue her role in the Destiny's Child catalog. &qu ...

  46. Rick Rubin Finalizes Columbia Position

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The label released a statement this afternoon (May 14) confirming the Rubin hire and stating that he would "form a dynamic and creative executive partnership" with Columbia chairman Steve Barnett, und Rick Rubin's move to Columbia Rec ...

  47. Sony Urban Music Restructures

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a move that has long been anticipated, Sony Music Label Group revealed today (Dec. 7) that it is restructuring its urban music division, and creating a new role for the unit's top executive, Lisa Ellis. Sony Urban Music, previously a 70-pe ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Sony BMG Names U.K., Ireland, S.A. Execs

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Entertainment U.K. and Ireland chairman/CEO Rob Stringer has appointed his executive team for those territories. Sony BMG Entertainment U.K. and Ireland chairman/CEO Rob Stringer has appointed his executive team for those territories. BMG ...

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