David Bowie Pays Tribute To Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer

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Rob Stringer

Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer was among the music industry players to be recognized at the UK's Music Week Awards on April 24. His tribute came by way of an unexpected post on David Bowie's Facebook page, which was also read aloud at the event hosted by the 50-year-old British trade magazine and held at the Brewery in London.

Recalling his first meeting at Sony Music's New York city headquarters, Bowie wrote of Stringer opening the door to his office wearing a Daft Punk robot helmet. Having signed the influential French DJ duo was impressive enough, but, noted fellow Brit Bowie, the enthusiastic welcome -- "sadly missing in the recording industry" -- was undeniable. Added Bowie of Stringer: He's "the man who with his own hands pulled my album to number one throughout the world."

Other music business figures, venues and companies awarded at the annual event included the Black Heart in Camden, which won for best live music venue; Atlantic Records, whose promotion department and PR campaign for Rudimental took top honors; Bella Union, which won best independent label; and Domino Records (home to Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective and Blood Orange), which received the A&R Award (Full list below)

Sony also took home Music Week's trophy Strat for its sales team and for publishing mega-unit Sony/ATV.


Read Bowie's homage to Stringer in its entirety below:



Music Week Awards 2014 - All The Winners

Outstanding Contribution to Charity - Roger Daltrey, Teenage Cancer Trust

Live Music Venue - The Black Heart, Camden

Live Promoter (company) - SJM Concerts

Live Agent (individual) - Alex Hardee, Coda

Music & Brand Partnership - Launched At Red Bull Studios, Globe

A&R Award - Domino

Manager Of The Year - Ian McAndrew & Geoff Barradale, Wildlife

Retail Brand - HMV

Independent Retailer - Resident, Brighton

Streaming Music Platform - Spotify

Radio Station - BBC 6Music

Radio Show  - John Kennedy, XFM

Promotions Team - Atlantic Records

Sales Team - Sony Music

Label/Artist Services - [PIAS] Artist & Label Services

Publisher of the Year, Singles - Sony/ATV

Independent Publisher - Kobalt

Publisher Of The Year, Albums - Sony/ATV

Catalogue Marketing Campaign - The Trevor Nelson Collection, Sony CMG

Artist Marketing Campaign - London Grammar, Ministry Of Sound

PR Campaign - Rudimental, Atlantic Records

Independent Record Company - Bella Union

Record Company - Virgin EMI

The Strat - Rob Stringer, Sony Music


This article first appeared on THR.com