Capitol Music Group has hired Nate Albert, co-founder of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and a longtime executive at Republic Records, as its new executive vice president of A&R. Reporting to CMG president Ashley Newton, Albert will sign and develop new talent, as well as oversee recording projects for roster artists.
At Republic, Albert signed Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd, who is up for seven awards at next month’s Grammys. He also signed Phantogram and shepherded various releases from artists including Florence + The Machine, The Lonely Island and more.
Albert began his career in the music business as a founding lead guitarist in Boston ska band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, which scored a major hit in 1997 with “The Impression That I Get.”
“Nate has impeccable taste, great creative instincts and a winning demeanor — qualities so important in working with artists and attracting the right talent to the label,” said Newton in a statement.
Albert added, “I have long been inspired by Ashley’s career and stellar reputation, and greatly moved and influenced by the artists he has discovered and worked with, so I am now especially grateful for the opportunity to work directly with him. It is also a dream come true to be joining him, Steve Barnett and the entire Capitol team at a label that not only represents a deep and iconic legacy of great music and artistry, but is so clearly in the midst of an exciting new ascendance centered on artist development.”