1. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT The veteran executive and award-winning producer was named chief creative officer and executive vice-president in February 2013. Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as c ...

  2. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as chief creative officer and executive vice president of Virgin Records and charged with rebuilding the label. The imprint saw sig ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Evan Peters Named Virgin Records Director of A&R

    July 10, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Evan Peters has been appointed as the Director of A&R for Virgin Records, according to an announcement made today by Ron Fair, the company's chief creative officer and EVP. “I told Evan to take the ball and run with it," Fair said ...

  5. It's Official: Ron Fair Named Chief Creative Officer / EVP of Virgin Records

    January 23, 2013 4:44 PM EST As expected, Ron Fair has been named Chief Creative Officer / Executive Vice President of Virgin Records, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett. According to a statement, Fair is "charged with rebuilding Vir ...

  6. Ron Fair in Talks to Helm Virgin Records

    January 17, 2013 7:36 PM EST Producer and former Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair is in talks to take a presidential or chairman-level post at a revived Virgin Records, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz. The source emphasized that the deal is still be ...

  7. Christina Aguilera Video Q&A: From 'Mickey' to 'Lotus' and Finding Her 'Voice'

    October 31, 2012 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Christina Aguilera took attendees for a journey of her blockbuster career at last week's Billboard Film & TV Conference Music Conference. Feeling feisty, the "Beautiful" singer played loose with her language (f-bombs were dropped) ...

  8. Christina Aguilera Lays Down 'Real Talk' at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Billboard editorial director Bill Werde interviews Christina Aguilera Thursday. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Christina Aguilera's Keynote Q&A today (Oct. 25) at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference was as colorful as her tw ...

  9. Backbeat: 'Voice' Finalist Chris Mann Squirms (Needlessly) as Paul Anka Hears His Version of 'My Way'

    August 29, 2012 1:47 PM EDT From left: Chris Mann, Susan Markheim, Paul Anka, Joel McNeely, Ron Fair at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Paul Anka visited Conway Studios Monday to hear Chris Mann 's new version of his song "My Way" for which he recently revised ...

  10. Il Volo Prep New Album, Tour With Barbra Streisand

    August 22, 2012 9:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Teen tenors say sophomore album, due in November, will have "classical moments and pop moments" Il Volo's next album is done, but the Italian teen trio doesn't want to talk about it very much yet. "It's going to be a su ...

  11. Exclusive: 'Voice' Finalist Chris Mann Records Christmas Album

    July 27, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Voice" finalist Chris Mann will release a Christmas EP three weeks before the Oct. 30 release of his debut album. Mann has recorded six classic songs for a Christmas album that will be sold exclusively at Walmart. Faircraft Records/Un ...

  12. 'The Voice's' Chris Mann Signs Major Label Deal

    June 28, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Mann, the classically trained singer who made it to the finals NBC's series "The Voice," is the first act signed to Ron Fair's new Universal Republic imprint Faircraft. His debut album is expected in the fall. Mann is in th ...

  13. The Changing Role of A&R and 'The Dark Arts of Record Making' at New Music Seminar

    June 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT (L-R): Moderator Ron Fair; Avery Lipman (Universal Republic); Steve Greenberg (S-Curve); Darius Van Arman (Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian); Josh Deutsch (Downtown); Peter Edge (RCA); Craig Kallman (Atlantic); and Monte Lipman (Universal ...

  14. Exclusive: Front Line's Irving Azoff Talks Fair, Palmese Hires; Insists 'We're Not a Record Label'

    April 03, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Once more, with feeling, from Front Line CEO Irving Azoff: "We're not a record label." The company is, however, more well-stocked with label-executive resources, since it announced on Monday the hiring of producer/exec Ron Fair and ...

  15. Ron Fair on Front Line Management, 'The Voice,' Darren Criss, Being His Own 'Mini-Label'

    April 03, 2012 9:13 AM EDT On Monday, it was announced that longtime music producer and executive Ron Fair, along with marketing and promotions veteran Richard Palmese, will join Irving Azoff's Front LIne Management as consultants. Home to such clients as The Eagles, C ...

  16. Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Hires Ron Fair, Richard Palmese

    April 02, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Front Line Management Group announced it has signed record label executives Ron Fair and Richard Palmese to consultancy jobs. Fair, a music producer, was formerly president of both A&M and Geffen Records chairman, while Palmese was executive V ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Ex-Geffen Chairman Ron Fair on Judging 'Cover Me Canada' TV Show

    September 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Former Geffen chairman Ron Fair has been recruited to judge a Canadian TV show. Former Geffen chairman Ron Fair has been recruited for a Canadian television show "Cover Me Canada" in which eight artists perform classic Canadian cover son ...

  19. Ron Fair, Former Geffen Chairman, To Judge 'Cover Me Canada' TV Music Competition

    September 01, 2011 8:37 AM EDT Veteran music executive and former Geffen Chairman Ron Fair knows all about hit cover songs. He co-produced the three-million-seller "Lady Marmalade" for Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim and he will put those skills to use ...

  20. Greyson Chance's Debut Album Set for August Release, Inspired by 'Heartbreak'

    May 23, 2011 4:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Greyson Chance -- the teen singer/songwriter who just over a year ago became a YouTube sensation with a cover of Lady Gaga 's "Paparazzi" -- has announced that his debut album, "Hold On 'Til the Night," will be released ...

  21. Ron Fair, Sylvia Rhone Expected to Exit Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as some ...

  22. Il Volo Transitions from Italian TV to 'American Idol'

    May 18, 2011 9:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's a long way from Italian TV to "American Idol." But when they take the "Idol" stage on May 19, the members of teenage tenor act Il Volo will have made that trek in just two years. With a single serendipitous performance ...

  23. Greyson Chance 'About 80 Percent' Done with Debut Album

    April 18, 2011 12:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Greyson Chance says he's "about 80 percent" finished with his debut album, which he's been working on in Los Angeles with producer Ron Fair and songwriting/production team the Matrix . "The record sounds like a mix between S ...

  24. Memorial Held For Producer Tal Herzberg At Interscope Offices In L.A.

    April 15, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Tal Herzberg Producer and engineer Tal Herzberg , who died April 7 of liver cancer , was celebrated for his gifts as a musician, mentor and studio master at a memorial service Thursday attended by more than 400 people at the Los Angeles offices of ...

  25. Pia Toscano Calls 'American Idol' Elimination 'A Tough Moment'

    April 08, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pia Toscano had a premonition she wouldn't make it to "American Idol's" final eight earlier this week. Following her surprise elimination on Thursday (April 7), Toscano told reporters that after her performance of Tina Turner ...

  26. Interscope Rolls Out Red Carpet for Il Volo During Grammy Week

    February 12, 2011 10:20 PM EST Italian teen trio Il Volo, on its first trip to America, were feted at Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair's home in Brentwood, California on Thursday night. Fair and Interscope head Jimmy Iovine signed the teenage tenors (Gianluca Ginoble, Pier ...

  27. Interscope Rolls Out Red Carpet for Il Volo During Grammy Week

    February 12, 2011 5:40 PM EST Italian teen trio Il Volo, on its first trip to America, were feted at Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair's home in Brentwood, California on Thursday night. Fair and Interscope head Jimmy Iovine signed the teenage tenors (Gianluca Ginoble, Pier ...

  28. Greyson Chance: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 4:03 PM EST 0 0 0 Greyson Chance Title TBD Early 2011 The 14-year-old YouTube sensation-snatched up days after releasing a viral cover of "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga by Madonna's management, Maverick/Geffen Records and Ellen DeGeneres' eleveneleven l ...

  29. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  30. 'American Idol' Makes Big Changes: Original Songs, Faster Release Schedule

    January 05, 2011 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 The "American Idol" season premiere is still two weeks away, but several changes coming to the Fox show have already been announced, from new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to the elimination of the Top 24 round. Now, in the latest ...

  31. Christina Aguilera and Cher Shine on 'Burlesque' Soundtrack

    November 19, 2010 1:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Director Steven Antin's new movie musical "Burlesque"-- in which Christina Aguilera stars as a young Hollywood hopeful looking to impress a nightclub impresario played by Cher -- arrives in theaters Nov. 24. But RCA Music Group senior ...

  32. El DeBarge Gets Ready to Take His 'Second Chance'

    August 28, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The last time El DeBarge released an album, it was 1994. The Internet was starting to come into its own. Nielsen SoundScan was just 3 years old. YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter weren't even blips on anyone's radar. Not to mention tha ...

  33. El DeBarge Signs With Geffen For First Album In 16 Years

    July 09, 2010 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the more surprising moments during the 2010 BET Awards was El DeBarge performing a medley of '80s hits by former family group DeBarge , including "All This Love," "Time Will Reveal" and the No. 3 pop crossover dance j ...

  34. Exclusive: Perez Hilton Protege Travis Garland To Debut On 'Idol'

    May 12, 2010 10:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Travis Garland, the former boy-band singer whose first solo single will receive an unprecedented national debut on "American Idol" next week, can thank gossip-maven-turned-music-business-power-player Perez Hilton for his good fortune. That ...

  35. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks th ...

  36. Mary J. Blige: The Billboard Cover Story and Video

    December 04, 2009 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige Returns With Her Ninth Studio Album And Branches Out Into Movies, Branding And Charity Work On the chorus of her latest single, "I Am," Mary J. Blige sings in her riveting voice: "Ain't nobody gonna touch you better ...

  37. Orianthi Steps Out Of Michael Jackson's Shadow

    October 30, 2009 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Orianthi Panagaris thought she had the perfect plan. The 24-year-old guitar virtuoso, who hails from Adelaide, Australia, was all set to shred as part of Michael Jackson 's band during his set of comeback shows in London. She was also working o ...

  38. Keyshia Cole: Screen Siren

    December 08, 2008 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Keyshia Cole knows what she wants -- and what the dynamic diva wants right now is a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with nothing on it but mayo and mustard. But the waitstaff at the restaurant adjacent to the Affinia Dumont Hotel in Manhattan can ...

  39. Solange Steps Out On Sophomore Solo Disc

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's no twist of fate that the opener on Solange's sophomore album, "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams" (Aug. 26, Music World/Geffen), is a track titled "God Given Name," on which the 22-year-old ar It's no twist ...

  40. Unilever's 'Rio' Remake Set For 'Idol' Bow

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On Wednesday's episode of Fox's American Idol Unilever's Caress Body Wash will debut a 60 second spot featuring Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls singing a remake of Duran Duran's 1982 hit "Rio". The song &qu ...

  41. Solange Knowles Inks With Geffen

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Solange Knowles, Beyonce's younger sister, recently signed to Geffen Records and plans to release her sophomore album, "Hadley Street Dreams," in the second quarter of 2008. Solange Knowles, Beyonce's younger sister, recently sig ...

  42. The Akon Empire

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Senegalese singer Akon first emerged on The Billboard Hot 100 three years ago, fresh from a jail sentence for car theft that he documented in the top 10 single "Locked Up," listeners weren't sure When Senegalese singer Akon first ...

  43. (What Does It Matter If) She's A Lady

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 I originally set out to write this column "celebrating" some incredible female artists. Then I thought of touting artists who just happened to be female. Then I wasn't going to highlight gender at all I originally set out to write thi ...

  44. Badu, Scott, Wonder Help Latifah See The 'Light'

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder and soul singers Erykah Badu and Jill Scott are among the guests on Queen Latifah's second album for Verve, "Trav'lin' Light." Due Sept. 25, the project was co-produced by Tommy LiPuma a Stevie Wonder and soul ...

  45. Ask Billboard

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith discusses Expose, Alanis' take on "My Humps," Macy Gray and more! Due to a technical snafu, "Ask Billboard" was not posted to the Web site last week. So, this week, we've got nearly twice the amount of questions a ...

  46. Macy Rolls With will.i.am, Justin On New CD

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Macy Gray will release her first album in four years next month as part of a new deal with the will.i.am music group/Geffen. "Big" is due March 27 and boasts production from both will.i.am and Justin Macy Gray will release her first album ...

  47. A&M Prez Takes Reins At Geffen

    March 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ron Fair actively in charge. Ron Fair actively in charge. News Ron Fair ...

  48. A&M Prez Takes Reins At Geffen

    March 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST A&M president Ron Fair has met with Geffen staffers and is already actively running the label, according to inside sources. A UMG spokeman declined to comment, as did Fair. A&M president Ron Fair has met with Geffen staffers and is alr ...

  49. A&M, Geffen Shake-Up

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST A promotion in the works for A&M Records boss Ron Fair is sending shockwaves through the executive ranks of Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) empire. A promotion in the works for A&M Records boss Ron Fair is sending sh ...

  50. CHART BEAT

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Bo Bice, Elton John, Mary Mary, Chris Hillman, A&M and more. BO CLOCKS IN AT NO. 1: There's good news and bad news for fourth season "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, but it all a ...

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