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The Strokes Split With Longtime Management: Exclusive

The Strokes leave their longtime management team for Red Light Management

As The Strokes prepare for their big Halloween appearance on Saturday Night Light this weekend (Oct. 31), they do so with new management, Billboard has learned.

The rock quintet has shifted to Red Light Management and their career will be overseen by the company’s founder, Coran Capshaw, and his team.

The Strokes were previously represented by Jack Rovner, Ryan Gentles and Richard Priest.


No reason for the switch was given and Capshaw declined to comment, but Gentles and Rovner wished the group well.

“I loved working with the band over 20 years– when I started managing them in 2000– and am really proud of all we accomplished together, and absolutely wish them the best.  They’re an amazing band and amazing people. I have no doubt that they will continue to break new ground in music and continue to be one of the most culturally important bands of not only their generation but of all time.  As I move on with my roster of artists at C3 Management, I’ll look forward to watching their progress with interest as an important and influential band that i’m sure will continue to inspire artists and musicians for generations to come.”

Rovner added, “I signed the band when I was running RCA. I’ve always believed in their enormous talent and wish them the best.”

The Strokes are playing SNL in support of their first new studio full-length album in seven years, the Rick Rubin-produced The New Abnormal. The set came out in April and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums.


The single “Bad Decisions,” became The Strokes’ first top 10 song on Billboard’s Alternative Airplay chart in nearly a decade and a half, setting a record for span between top 10s. The song, which peaked at No. 5, was the first since 2005’s “Juicebox” to reach the top 10.