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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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Ruby Chou Named Managing Director of Warner Music Taiwan

on November 1, 2019 - 5:17am

Ruby Chou has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Warner Music Taiwan. The new role is effective immediately and she will be based in Taipei, reporting to Simon Robson, President of Warner Music Asia.

Chou was previously the Managing Director of Money101 Taiwan, and during her time there turned the financial services company into a household name in the country, hugely growing its revenue and market share in the process. Her career background is in digital marketing and she’s run teams at several leading agencies working with a range of high-profile brands.

Ruby Chou says:

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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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Warner Music Japan Launches Urban Label +809

on October 23, 2019 - 7:44pm

Aim is to harness the new wave of Japanese urban music

Launches with FLEUR’s new song ‘Ding Dong (feat A.G.O)’

Warner Music Japan has announced the launch of a new urban label called +809 (pronounced ‘plus eight-oh-nine’). The label is focused on discovering and nurturing talent from Japan’s fast-growing urban music scene and promoting its artists through Warner Music’s global network.

The label has launched with the release of the track ‘Ding Dong (feat A.G.O.)’ by up-and-coming Japanese R&B singer FLEUR. 

Simon Robson, President, Warner Music Asia, says: “Urban music’s exploding across

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Shani Gonzales Named Head of International, EVP of U.S., A&R for Warner Chappell Music

on October 21, 2019 - 4:35pm

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has announced the appointment of music industry veteran Shani Gonzales as Head of International, Executive Vice President of U.S., A&R. Based in New York, she will report to WCM Co-Chair & CEO Guy Moot. Gonzales was most recently Co-Head of A&R at BMG U.S. and U.K., following stints at Epic Records and Def Jam. This new post marks the return to Warner Chappell for Gonzales, who was a member of the company’s A&R team from 2004 to 2008.

While at BMG, Gonzales was included in Billboard’s prestigious 2016 A&R Power Players list.

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