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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


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


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.


Leif O. Ribe Named General Manager of Warner Music Norway

on September 27, 2019 - 8:08am

Leif O. Ribe has been named as the next General Manager of Warner Music Norway. He will take up the role from January 1st and report to Jonas Siljemark, President, Warner Music Nordics. Ribe will join the Warner Music team after working in a number of senior marketing and A&R roles at Sony Music Norway.

Leif O. Ribe says: “It’ll be a huge privilege to lead the amazing team at Warner Music Norway. I’m lucky enough to have worked with some of the most talented artists in Norway and I can’t wait to bring that experience to my new role.


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.