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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Major Moves at Atlantic Records for 2012!

Aaron Bay-Schuck Named SVP, A&R, Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records' Chairman & CEO, Craig Kallman, and Chairman & COO, Julie Greenwald, announced the promotion of Aaron Bay-Schuck to SVP, A&R, Atlantic Records. Bay-Schuck, who is based in the company's LA office, has been with Atlantic Records since 2004. 
n making the announcement, Kallman and Greenwald said, "Aaron is an A&R talent, in the great tradition of Atlantic Records, who has artist development in his blood. He discovers unique voices and is passionately committed to their creativity and careers. Aaron has been such an integral part of Atlantic's success over the last eight years."
Bay-Schuck added, "I look at the chance to do A&R not as a job but as a privilege; and an even greater privilege is to do it at Atlantic Records where the history and tradition of great songs and career artists is so deep-rooted. Craig and Julie have been extraordinary mentors and given me every opportunity to pursue my passion of making records and cultivating talent. I could not be more excited to begin this next chapter."
Bay-Schuck, most recently VP of A&R at Atlantic, started his career at the label an A&R assistant. He has since signed Grammy-award winning performer, songwriter and producer Bruno Mars, whose debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, has been certified 39x platinum worldwide, sold more than five million albums and over 45 million singles to date, and generated two No. 1 Hot 100 hits. Bruno's hugely anticipated new album, Unorthodox Jukebox, is due for release on December 11th.
Bay-Schuck has been integral to an array of career-defining hits including Flo Rida's "Right Round," B.o.B's "Nothin' On You," Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," and Cee Lo Green's "F**K You." He is also responsible for signing Sublime with Rome -- as well as Rome as a solo artist -- along with the new talents Trevor Jackson and Francesco Yates, who are both currently working on their debut albums. Since 2008, Bay-Schuck has contributed to cumulative sales of more than 65 million digital singles and 10 million alb ums worldwide since 2008.

Salaam Remi, Named the Executive VP of A&R at Sony Music

Sony Music announced that Grammy Award winning producer, Salaam Remi, will be the new Executive VP of A&R at Sony Music. Remi has been an integral part of recent musical projects such as Miguel ("Kaleidoscope Dream"), Nas ("Life Is Good"), Amy Winehouse, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan and The Fugees.
Today it's no secret that labels are tapping into a different talent pool since they started hiring producers such as Chris "Tricky" Stewart (Sr A&R post at Epic Records), No I.D. (EVP of A&R at Def Jam), and last month The-Dream (EVP of A&R for Def Jam).

Dallas Austin Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Records

In the latest announcement of an established hitmaker scoring a top A&R role at a major label, the Island Def Jam Music Group announced today that veteran songwriter/producer Dallas Austin will be joining the company as a senior vice president, A&R for Island Records. Austin will be reporting directly to Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown.
Weiss described Austin as "a veteran who has been supplying chart hits to this industry for more than two decades, across multiple genres and around the world. Island Records is fortunate that such a coveted creative force is working with the company and its artists," he continued in a statement.
"I am truly honored," Austin stated of his new appointment, which will see him writing and producing for current Island artists and also discovering and signing new talent.
Over the years, Austin has scored hits with Madonna ("Secret"), Michael Jackson ("They Don't Care About Us [Remix]"), and Monica ("Don't Take It Personal [Just One Of Dem Days]"), among many others. More recently, Austin has worked with Gwen Stefani ("Cool"), Chris Brown ("Key 2 Your Heart"), and Carly Rae Jepsen ("Tiny Little Bows").
Austin might be best-known for his work with TLC and pop singer Pink. He worked extensively on the TLC albums FanMail (including the smash "Unpretty") and CrazySexyCool, both of which won a Grammy for Best R&B Album. Austin helped make Pink the star she is today by producing and sharing writing credits with the singer on "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Just Like A Pill," two hit singles from her early album Mizzundastood.

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