Sony/ATV Nashville has promoted Josh Van Valkenburg to senior vice president, Nashville A&R, MusicRow.com reports.
Van Valkenburg will oversee Nashville A&R and new songwriter and artist signings. He will continue to develop the existing Sony/ATV roste and will report to Sony/ATV Nashville President and CEO Troy Tomlinson, according to the music publication.
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California-based Concord Music Group on Wednesday said it has acquired local label Sugar Hill Records from Welk Music Group (along with Vanguard Records in L.A.) and will combine that Franklin-based venture with its Rounder Music Group operation, which is based in The Gulch. Music Row has the details — including what's happening with Sugar Hill General Manager Cliff O'Sullivan — as well as some perspective.
The acquisition of Vanguard and Sugar Hill closely follows the recent merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, a leading independent music publisher, record label and rights manager, into Concord Bicycle Music. In connection with the merger, Concord Bicycle Music raised $100 million in added capital to fund additional growth through music rights acquisitions and artist development investments.
SEE ALSO: Sugar Hill's artist roster, which includes Sarah Jarosz, Lee Ann Womack and Marty Stuart
Singer Martina McBride has signed up to move from Big Machine Records' Republic Nashville label to the Nash Icon joint venture Big Machine has with Cumulus Media. Reba McEntire and Robbie Dunn have previously signed on with the label, which was formed this spring.
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.”
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.
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.
Scott Borchetta and his Big Machine Label Group have signed on with Republic Records and John Varvatos Records to market the Zac Brown Band's next record, which is due next spring. The four-way partnership with Brown's three-year-old Southern Ground Artists — which started life under the umbrella of Warner Music's Atlantic Records — was announced this past weekend at the iHeartRadio Fest.
Borchetta, who at Big Machine works with artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line, said he’d always wanted to work with Brown “from day one. So over the years, knowing him from a distance, I was always working the managers [ROAR’s Bernie Cahill and Will Ward] and just really admiring the musicianship and the trueness of everything Zac and his band stand for.”
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