Stringer also highlighted the company's expansion into merchandising, new "artist-friendly" recording contracts and more.
Sony Music Group chairman Rob Stringer reflected on the company's year in a memo to staff today (Dec. 18), highlighting the music group's global footprint, its expansion into merchandising and its efforts to create more "artist-friendly" deals.
In an email obtained by Billboard, Stringer, also chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, begins by shouting out superstar SME artists including Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, Harry Styles and Rosalía, as well as Sony/ATV Music Publishing songwriter Ed Sheeran. Another virtual fist bump went to Jon Platt, who joined Sony/ATV as chairman and CEO this year and "strengthened our wider company."
"We are also thrilled," Stringer wrote, to see Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 this week, for the first time ever.