Rhone rises? Billboard has learned Sylvia Rhone is in talks to re-up in a new senior role at Epic. The former Elektra chief signed a joint venture with Epic chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Sony Music Entertainment in 2012 to start Vested in Culture, her boutique label. Its buzzed roster includes Latin pop star Kat Dahlia, pop duo Quadron and rappers Casey Veggies and Cashius Green. Rhone launched the careers of Missy Elliott and En Vogue while at Elektra and oversaw Nicki Minaj, Drake and Nelly at Universal Motown. Expect a formal announcement soon, Epic says.
Sound cities? You can’t keep “Sound City” film producer Dave Grohl away from classic studios. An insider tells Billboard that Grohl is scouting iconic studios in 12 cities to record the next Foo Fighters album. Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Seattle are definites.
Roots rock: Carlos Santana is mining his roots, or raiz. His first Latin music album, “Corazon,” will bow on RCA/Sony Latin Iberia this spring. Raiz is also the title of Sony Music Latin’s upcoming CD featuring flamenco star Nina Pastori, Mexican singer Lila Downs and Argentine folk singer Soledad. The trio just recorded “Una Noche en Napoles” with Santana for his new album.