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Tony Harlow to Become Chairman & CEO, Warner Music UK

on December 9, 2019 - 6:12am

Max Lousada, Warner Music Group’s (WMG) CEO of Recorded Music, today announced that Tony Harlow has been named Chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK (WMUK), starting in February 2020. Harlow succeeds Lousada, who has been Chairman & CEO of WMUK since 2013, having retained the position when he assumed his global role two years ago.

Harlow joined WMG in 2010 as Managing Director for Australasia, where he grew a reputation for breaking talent early, including artists such as Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa who went on to global superstardom.

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Warner Triumphs at the MBW A&R Awards

on November 6, 2019 - 9:08am

At last night’s prestigious MBW A&R Awards, Warner Chappell Music UK was named Publisher of the Year; Atlantic Records UK’s Co-Head of A&R, Alec Boateng, won Hip-Hop/Grime A&R of the Year and Warner Music UK’s Grace Goddard collected the A&R Administrator award.

Warner Chappell Music’s accolade comes after a strong 12 months for the publisher, which has topped the UK charts with Dave, Foals, Liam Gallagher and Stormzy, while bolstering its roster by signing the likes of Afro B, Au/Ra, Bernard Butler, Celeste, Julian Cope, John Power, Lostboy, Monique Lawz and Winnie Raeder.

Mike Smith,

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Paul Smith Promoted to VP, A&R and International Songwriters for Warner Chappell Music

on October 30, 2019 - 8:48am

Paul Smith has been promoted to the newly created role of Vice President, A&R and International Songwriters at Warner Chappell Music (WCM). He will further strengthen relationships between the songwriters on the music publisher’s global roster, driving collaborations both between them and with major recording artists worldwide.

Based in London, Smith will report to Mike Smith, WCM’s UK Managing Director, and also have a dotted line into Shani Gonzales, the company’s newly appointed EVP of International A&R.

As well as creating Smith’s new role, Warner Chappell Music is introducing ARROW, a

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Mark Fry Named Vice President, Warner Music Nordics

on August 29, 2019 - 5:32am

Mark Fry has been appointed to the newly created post of Vice President, Warner Music Nordics. In this role he will work with Jonas Siljemark, President, Warner Music Nordics, to support our teams across the region in some of the world’s most advanced digital markets.

Fry will also continue to serve as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland, a title he has held since 2017, and operate out of the company’s Helsinki office.

Mark Fry says: “I’m honoured that Jonas has placed his trust in me to help him support our artists and grow our business across the Nordics.

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Vava Signs to Warner Music China

on August 9, 2019 - 7:36am

Chinese rap superstar VAVA has signed to Warner Music China. The artist, often dubbed ‘The Queen of Rap’ or the ‘Rihanna of China’, has shot to prominence over the last couple of years with hits such as ‘My New Swag’, which gained international attention when it featured in the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

VAVA is the stage name of rapper and hip-hop artist Mao Yanqi, who is originally from the province of Sichuan in southern China.

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