Executive Turntable: Moves at Republic, Music Choice, Parlophone & More
A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including at…
On Monday (June 11), Republic Records named Amina Diop svp, A&R. In her new role, Diop will lead the company discovering and developing new artists across various genres. She will be based in Atlanta, marking the first time that the label has placed roots in the South.
In addition to her new role at Republic, Diop is the founder and head of her own management company, The Diop Agency, where she represents Gucci Mane, Peewee Longway and others. In the past, she also managed Young Thug.
“Amina has been integral to hip-hop’s 21st century takeover,” said Rob Stevenson, evp, Republic Records. “Her experience for identifying, developing, and fostering artists from the street to global recognition is an immeasurable asset to our team. She maintains an unbreakable connection to the underground where superstars continually thrive and rise.”
Music Choice announced Tuesday (May 29) that it has elevated Nadine Santos to vp, programming & artist relations. Santos will continue to oversee all day-to-day operations for the programming department, and work closely with other divisions to increase audience growth. She will also continue to handle all pop formats across Music Choice’s music channels.
Santos rejoined Music Choice in October 2015, bringing with her an extensive background in radio. She programed some of the most successful pop and hip-hop formats in the country, and created extensive artist integration programs with Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, JoJo Siwa, Kelly Clarkson and Camila Cabello. Nadine has also spearheaded Music Choice’s holiday initiatives on channel by expanding content offerings with new channels as well as live, exclusive in-studio performances.
“Nadine handles herself with a level of integrity in the music industry that is a beacon and should serve as a reminder of how to get things done with partners. We are delighted to have Nadine in a leadership role at Music Choice and look forward to her continued successes,” said COO Christina Tancredi.
Parlophone Records announced Wednesday (June 13) that Jack Melhuish will be its new director of marketing, strategy & partnerships. Melhuish will be responsible for all creative marketing and strategy across the label, building both individual artist and label-specific campaigns.
Melhuish joins the label from his former position as marketing director at Polydor, where he worked with artists including The 1975, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar and more. For Melhuish, this is a return to Warner Music UK, having held both digital director and marketing director positions at Atlantic Records until 2014. At Atlantic, Melhuish was instrumental to the campaigns of artists including Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Clean Bandit, Rudimental and Paolo Nutini.
“During our time together at Atlantic, we broke a number of huge UK artists, so I’m incredibly excited to be back working with Jack. His recent work has continued that success and seen him really develop a truly progressive approach to marketing artists. He totally gets the level of disruption, speed and cross channel engagement that’s required nowadays,” said Mark Mitchell, co-president, Parlophone Records. “I’m sure that through highly effective, holistic campaigns, he will have a significant impact on our capability for new and existing artists.”
On Monday (June 11), Concord Music announced the promotion of four executives to the role of vice president: Hazel Malit, Elysha Miracle, Julie Porter and Angelo Scrobe.
Malit, who has been at Concord for seven years, will take over as vp, accounting, recorded music, Beverly Hills. Porter will begin as vp, recorded music, financial planning and analysis, leaving her role as senior director, accounting.
Miracle and Scrobe have been promoted from senior director, data rights management and senior director, promotion, respectively, to vp of these departments.
“It’s always a pleasure to be able to recognize members of our global team for the significant contributions that they’ve made to the growth and success of Concord Music,” said CEO Scott Pascucci. “In all, twenty-five members of our staff were promoted this year — all of whom will flourish in their new roles and make this company successful in the years to come. Special congratulations to our four new vice presidents!”
Cinq Music announced Friday (June 15) that Marcus Spence has been named executive vp, A&R. Spence has been a key individual behind a number of notable projects in the entertainment industry, having worked with artists Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Nelly Furtado, OneRepublic, Tink and soul singer V Bozeman.
Prior to assuming his title role at the label, Marcus was the vp for the Interscope distributed imprint, Beat Club, where Marcus worked with the female MC Ms. Jade, marketing her record “Ching, Ching, Ching” featuring Nelly Furtado and Timbaland for use by GM and the H2 Hummer. He also launched the career of gold-selling rapper Bubba Sparxxx, whose 2003 album Deliverance is widely regarded as one of the best and most ambitious hip-hop albums of the decade.
“Marcus brings a ton of creativity and fits our unique approach to the music business,” said Co-founder and President Barry Daffurn. “Our priority right now is growth, and we will be developing new talent, and adding to our roster of iconic artists. With his amazing track record of developing so many commercially successful artists, we are very excited to have him.”
Today (June 15), Shore Fire Media announced that Rebecca Shapiro and Matt Hanks has been elevated to the position of svp, and Josh Page has advanced to director.
Shapiro has been part of the Shore Fire team for nearly two decades; she sits on the board of directors of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and works closely with the MPN Research Foundation. Hanks joined Shore Fire in 2000, having previously worked at Autotonic, a PR/radio promotion company, and New York City record store Other Music. Page’s tenure at Shore Fire began eight years ago as an intern, and was most recently a senior account executive.
“The growth of our roster, and the addition of an LA office earlier this year, were made possible by the extraordinary performance and professional growth of each of these staffers,” said President and Founder Marilyn Laverty. “We are so grateful for their contribution to Shore Fire.”
Additionally, Shore Fire also announced the promotions of Nina Lee and Ally Norton to senior account executive and Greg Jakubik, Spencer Roth-Rose and Hannah Schwartz to junior account executive.?
Talkhouse announced the appointment of Josh Modell to the role of executive editor on Thursday (June 14). Previously, Modell was the editor-in-chief at The A.V. Club, where he helped the site grow into a go-to news source for popular culture. Before that, Modell was the editorial director at Onion Inc.m overseeing the editorial staffs at The Onion and ClickHole, among other publications.
“I’ve been a Josh superfan for too many years to count; his work and vision have always stood out to me as being uniquely great,” said Talkhouse publisher, Ian Wheeler. “He’s rightfully adored by both artists and industry, and I can’t think of anyone better equipped to help us elevate the work we’re doing here at Talkhouse. We’re ecstatic to work with Josh to continue publishing important writing by musicians, actors and filmmakers, continue producing vital podcast conversations and, soon, great new podcast series.”