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Rani Hancock Named President of Sire Records

on July 10, 2017 - 9:29am

Iconic New York Record Label Reborn During 50th Anniversary Year

Sire Records, one of the most revered and influential labels in modern music, is being reborn during its 50th anniversary year. Effective August 1, widely respected A&R executive Rani Hancock will become President of Sire, based in New York City.

Legendary music executive Seymour Stein, who co-founded Sire Records with Richard Gottehrer in 1967, will continue to bring his wealth of experience and wisdom to the label as its Chairman.

Rani Hancock said, “I’ve always been inspired by Sire's roster of artists and the label’s

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Warner Music Group Expands & Strengthens Business Development Team

on April 13, 2017 - 10:09am

Michael Drexler and Allan Coye both join as Vice Presidents reporting to Chief Digital Officer Ole Obermann

Warner Music Group (WMG) is expanding and strengthening its business development team. Michael Drexler has been named VP, Digital Strategy & Corporate Development, and Allan Coye has been named VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development. Based in New York, both Drexler and Coye report to Ole Obermann, WMG’s Chief Digital Officer & EVP, Business Development, and they are the first new hires by Obermann since he joined the company at the end of last year.

"We are building out an

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RIP Tommy LiPuma

on March 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Multi-Grammy-winning producer and veteran label executive Tommy LiPuma has passed away at the age of 80. Tommy was initially at Warner Bros. from 1974 to 1978, and again from 1979 to 1990, before moving to Elektra for four years. During his two decades in the WMG family, he produced a string of best-selling albums, among them George Benson’s boundary-crossing Breezin’ and Natalie Cole’s landmark Unforgettable… With Love, as well as records by Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Dr. John, Anita Baker, and many more. Tommy’s recordings have sold over 75 million copies and earned him 33 Grammy nominations.

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Ed Sheeran’s ÷ Tops Charts and Smashes Records in the UK and Around the Globe

on March 10, 2017 - 12:00am

The album makes  global streaming history by breaking the Spotify record for the highest first week streams with almost 375 million streams

÷ has the third biggest opening week in UK Official Album Chart history with sales of 672,000 units

The album tops the iTunes albums chart in 97 countries 

Singles from ÷ occupy a record-breaking nine places in the UK Top 10 Chart

Ed Sheeran’s amazing third studio album ÷ (Divide) has lit up charts and smashed records around the globe.

The landmark album made streaming history with the highest first week Spotify streams ever, with almost 375 million

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RIP Tommy Page

on March 4, 2017 - 12:00am

While the world is hearing sad news of the sudden passing of Tommy Page this morning, it's important we remember the shining light & beautiful life of our colleague and friend Tommy.

Accomplished as both an artist and executive, his charm and charisma were effortless and effective. His style and grace were always on point. Tommy's spirited passion for music and hit songs could rival any industry giant. And, of course, his signature smile was a lasting trademark of a true pop star we all adored as an artist on stage - and as a peer on our industry's pitch.

- Peter Gray, Warner Bros. Records

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