Seasoned executive Jacob Fain has joined Elektra Music Group as Senior Vice President, A&R and Head of Research & Analytics. Fain – who was most recently SVP, A&R and Research/Analytics at Sony/ATV Music Publishing – will bring a rare combination of deep A&R, publishing, and data analytics experience to this newly created role at the company. Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Gregg Nadel, Co-President, Elektra Music Group.
“Discovering and breaking new talent has always been a combination of gut instinct, reading fan reaction, and helping artists bring out their best as performers and songwriters. With the convergence of creative expertise and analytics being more critical than ever to this process, we’re thrilled to welcome Jacob to the team to help us connect the dots,” said Gregg Nadel and Mike Easterlin, Co-Presidents, Elektra Music Group. “Jacob has a wealth of knowledge, incredible instincts, and amazing taste, all of which will be key as we continue to sign original artists and build the most innovative approach to artist discovery and development.”
Said Fain, “I am delighted to be joining Gregg, Mike, and the whole team at Elektra Music Group. This is a fantastic time for music and coming on board to a company with such a rich history in breaking influential and culture-moving artists couldn’t be more exciting. It’s an honor to be part of the next chapter of this storied label.”
During his 13 years at Sony/ATV, Fain developed some of the company’s top songwriters and producers, signing Grammy-winning artists such as The Chainsmokers and Leon Bridges, as well as Of Monsters and Men, Russ, Powfu, Princess Nokia, and others. As SVP, A&R and Research/Analytics, he also conceptualized and oversaw the development of an innovative data & analytics platform, which became the cornerstone of A&R functionality globally at Sony/ATV. Prior to that, he held roles at RCA Records and Republic Records. Fain was named to Billboard’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list in 2017 as well as the magazine’s inaugural Pride List of industry-shaping LGBTQ executives in 2019. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.