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Boulder: Natalie Prass Steps In
With 2018 FMQB Triple A Conference, August 8-11 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO only a few weeks away, a scheduling conflict has forced Thad Cockrell to step out of his Thursday night Fox slot, but label-mate Natalie Prass is happily stepping in to take his place. Prass joins a lineup that includes Aaron Lee Tasjan, Allen Stone, Blue Water Highway, Brandi Carlile, Caroline Rose, DeVotchka, Dr. Dog, Elle King, Freya Ridings, Greta Van Fleet, Katie Toupin, Lewis Capaldi, Lissie, Kurt Vile, Matt Costa, Michael Blume, Mikaela Davis, Moon Taxi, Naked Giants, Nalani & Sarina, Parker Millsap, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Rayland Baxter, Rich Krueger, Sam Morrow, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Spencer Lee, Thad Cockrell, The Devil Makes Three, The Mother Hips, The War & Treaty, Wilderado, Worth and William Prince. Registration is only $429 through July 31 at registration.fmqb.com, and you can still take advantage of special FMQB rates at the St. Julien, starting at only $239/night, by going to stjulien.com and using group code GRPFMQ or calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.
Sony Relaunches Arista, Massey Named President/CEO
Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer has announced the relaunch of Arista Records under the leadership of highly regarded music industry executive David Massey. The legendary label will become an all new frontline creative center within Sony Music led by Massey, who will serve as President and CEO of Arista. Massey is based in New York and reports directly to Stringer.
Massey’s leadership of Arista is part of a new broad-based creative partnership between the hitmaker and Sony Music. In addition, Sony Music and Massey have entered into a new joint venture for Massey-led artist management and music publishing businesses.
Said Stringer, “We are excited to be reintroducing the iconic Arista brand as a full major label under the leadership of David Massey. David is a visionary and progressive talent developer and his recent success at breaking new artists around the world only highlights his remarkable consistency of creative success year after year. As well as releasing new music to the world, David will use his vast experience in building new publishing and artist management ventures that will enhance Sony Music’s overall music strategy.”
Said Massey, “I want to thank Rob Stringer for the phenomenal opportunity to return to Sony Music in an expansive new partnership and lead the next chapter of Arista Records. Clive Davis made the Arista name synonymous with tremendous creativity and great songs, and I look forward to continuing that identity by working with the many talented people at Sony to build a new roster of hit artists. I am also excited to join forces with Sony to drive additional growth through artist management and music publishing.”
Founded by Clive Davis in 1974, Arista Records is among the most storied labels in the history of the recorded music business and previously served as the home to numerous iconic artists, including Whitney Houston, The Kinks, Patti Smith, Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, and Aretha Franklin.
Said Davis, “I am really delighted to see the Arista name return to a place of prominence under an executive with the talents of David Massey. David is a true music man who has tremendous respect for artistry, and he is the ideal choice to carry on the label’s great tradition.”
Most recently, Massey was President and CEO of Island Records, where since 2013 he has overseen hits from Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Mike Posner, Elton John, Bon Jovi, and Tove Lo, among others. Prior to running Island, Massey spent six years as President of Mercury Records, where he achieved significant success with Duffy, Portishead, Taio Cruz, Neon Trees, The Wanted, The Saturdays, The Gaslight Anthem, and Jake Bugg. During his time at Mercury, he also oversaw A&R for a number of major Island Records artists.
Before that, he served as Executive Vice President, A&R, Sony Music Label Group U.S., a post he was named to in 2004, and President of his own imprint Daylight Records, which was founded in 2000. He spent his early career at Sony Music with Epic Records, where he spent 10 years in a number of different roles, including EVP/ GM and Executive Vice President of A&R. During his time with Sony Music, he worked with artists including Shakira, Oasis, Good Charlotte, Franz Ferdinand, Travis, Silverchair, and Delta Goodrem.
Prior to joining Epic, Massey was based in London where he had a successful career in artist management, working with artists such as Wang Chung, in addition to heading his own independent record company, Big World Records.
McCartney Annouces Egypt Station
Paul McCartney will release his latest studio album, Egypt Station, via Capitol Records on September 7. The title comes from the name of one of Sir Paul’s paintings. It is his first collection of all-new music since 2013’s NEW. Two songs were released today, “I Don’t Know” and “Come On to Me. The 14-track Egypt Station was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin(Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters).
In a statement, McCartney says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”
McCartney began teasing a new record on social media recently and by making surprise appearances around Liverpool, culminating in an unannounced gig at the Philharmonic Pub in Liverpool earlier this month.
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