Universal Music Group Nashville executives have tapped Shane Allen to lead the promotion team at Capitol Records Nashville, one of the four labels under the group's umbrella. At the start of 2015, Allen will take over from Steve Hodges, who will leave Capitol. Allen joined Capitol in 2007 as VP of promotion after working at Red Light Management.
“There is no one more suited and ready to take the reins of the Capitol Nashville roster than Shane," said Royce Risser, senior VP of promotion at UMG Nashville. "I’ve watched him grow into one of the best promotion executives in the business. Shane has been a critical component in all our labels’ success at radio, which makes him the perfect person to take the helm of Capitol Nashville.”
Gibson Brands wants to breathe new life into the iconic Sunset Strip retail space in Los Angeles that formerly housed Tower Records. The Nashville company has signed a 15-year lease and plans to spend more than $1 million to turn the 8,700-square-foot building into a showcase space for its various equipment brands as well as a live music venue. Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz says his team wants to "retain that crazy vibe of Tower Records," which was long a focal point of the L.A. music scene.
"Live music is a tough business, and it's getting hammered," Juszkiewicz said. "What artists need to develop their craft is to get exposed to an audience and not have to fill 10,000 seats. Hopefully we will contribute to bringing out up-and-coming artists of all genres."
Nashville-based Big Loud Shirt Industries has sold its song catalog to Round Hill Music for an undisclosed sum, musicrow.com reports. With the move, the companies will form a joint venture. RHM is located in New York City. Read more here.
The Nashville office of digital media and marketing agency BubbleUp has added Scott Heuerman as vice president of marketing, musicrow.com reports. With offices also in Houston and Hartford, Conn., BubbleUp’s client roster includes multiple high-profile entities, including Jimmy Buffett, Luke Bryan, KISS and Zac Brown Band. Read more here.
Country singer Tim McGraw has parted ways with Red Light Management after more than five years to reunite with his former manager, Scott Siman. MusicRow has more info, including the tidbit that McGraw also has stopped working with his publicist.
John Allen — a veteran music industry executive who most recently served as vice president of BMG Chrysalis — has been appointed president of independent label New West Records, New West Independent Music Publishing and developing artists imprint Normaltown Records, musicrow.com reports. Allen will open New West’s first Nashville office, with the company also having outposts in Los Angeles and Athens, Ga.
Middle Tennessee-based investor Henry Woodard has acquired for $3.55 million the two-story building home to the SAE Institute of Technology located at 7 Music Circle N. on Music Row.
OakPoint Real Estate’s Rob Gage represented the sellers in the transaction.
Big Machine Label Group — the Nashville-based the record label Scott Borchetta founded and that is home to Taylor Swift — reportedly is for sale for more than $200 million. Said to be among the potential bidders are industry giants Universal Music Group, Sony and Disney.
We have a few halls of fame, so it would be only fair if we don't grouse about this one...
The backers of the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame have chosen Clarksdale, Mississippi, as the home for their museum, which will occupy a city-owned art deco building that formerly housed a bus station. Clarksdale beat out Nashville, Memphis and Detroit.
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