Provided by: The Music Business Registry

As you probably know, it hasn’t exactly been a quiet last few weeks in the A&R world. Of course, the big news after the sale of EMI was approved was that longtime Columbia Records CEO Steve Barnett was leaving to take over the Capitol Records Group and decided to move the label group’s headquarters from New York to Los Angeles. We hear that Dan McCarroll and other New York-based executives will be joining Barnett in Los Angeles in the new year.


     On the A&R front, there were quite a few appointments made from the ranks of successful record producers including Dallas Austin and The Dream who join Island/Def Jam’s A&R department. Producer Salaam Remi joins Sony Music’s A&R staff as Executive VP A&R working across all of the Sony Music labels. Longtime Sony A&R Admin department executive Allison Woest joins Columbia’s A&R creative staff in New York along with J Grand and Mister Morgan who are just the latest editions to RCA’s newly restructured A&R department under Executive VP of A&R Keith Naftaly. Meanwhile, Candace Campbell joins Epic in Los Angeles and veteran A&R executive Julian Palmer joins Columbia’s A&R department in the UK. In other UK activity, Mike Smith is appointed President of Mercury while Clive Cawley is appointed MD. Nick Burgess and Markell Casey both join Virgin’s A&R department while both Charlie Moss and Cleo Russell join the A&R team of Warner Bros. UK. Back in Los Angeles, Crazed Hits Founder and Publisher Alex Wilhelm joins Warner Bros. while Latoya Lee and Ben Horin join Warner Music’s A&R department under Mike Caren. Staying with Warner Music for the moment, the Warner Bros. label has just come under the oversight of Warner/Chappell CEO Cameron Strang. In other label executive appointments, former Sony Music A&R executive Rod Kukla joins the U.S. office of the Mascot Label Group and veteran A&R executive Kawan ‘KP’ Prather joins Atlantic’s A&R department in Atlanta.

      There are also a few A&R moves and exits to announce. Matthew Marshall joins Concord Music from Warner Bros. and Steve Yegelwel joins David Massey’s U.S. A&R team at Mercury leaving his longtime post at S-Curve. Also, veteran executive Chuck Mitchell joins Sony Music Masterworks as Sr. VP from his longtime job at EOne Music. Exiting their A&R posts are Shari Reich who exits Warner Bros. Randi Razzano and Shani Gonzales both exit Epic and in the UK, Jay Greenwood exits Mercury and Scott Jason, Jordan Jay and Harry Lloyd Jones exit Polydor. Jordan Jay has joined XL Talent handling their stable of Record Producers. Randi Razzano joins Pulse Music in Los Angeles.