& now itâ€™s official. Aaron Bay-Schuck, a senior executive at Interscope Geffen A&M, will join Tom Corson, who exits RCA Records, as Co-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chairman & COO, respectively, at Warner Bros. Records. Cameron Strang, who had led the brand since 2012, will step down at the complete of the yr, Warner Music Group formally announced today (Oct. three).
Both will report back to Max Lousada who took the position of WMGâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, Recorded Music on Oct. 1. In accordance to the companyâ€™s announcement, the two will work as a partnership, with Corson running the labelâ€™s operations & Bay-Schuck leading WBRâ€™s artistic direction. Begin dates for both execs has not been exposed as of still.
Stated Lousada: â€œAt WMG, weâ€™re building a artistic & entrepreneurial setting where artists can alter culture & make music in that matters. Tom & Aaron donâ€™t just share our ambition; they both have it of their DNA. Thatâ€™s why theyâ€™ll be such an inspiring duo at WBR, which is all the time strongest when itâ€™s at its most daring & sudden. At the chopping fringe of a brand new generation of leaders, Aaron has impeccable style & a rare means to assist unique artists grow in to global superstars. Equally, Tom has a super-driven, imaginative approach to championing talent & mentoring executives, in addition to a wealth of experience at both major & indie labels. Theyâ€™re a dynamic combination in that will usher in a fresh, new era at one of many biggest record labels of all time.â€�
Of Strang, Lousada added: â€œCameron has guided WBR by means of a period of unprecedented alter & has added to the labelâ€™s exceptional musical legacy. He’ll abandon with our gratitude & utmost respect.â€�
The appointments mark Lousadaâ€™s 1st major move since ascending from head of Warner U.K. to Chief Executive Officer of Recorded Music. Bay-Schuck, who spent greater than a decade at Atlantic Records, a WMG subsidiary, before joining Interscope, is credited with having signed Bruno Mars. He additionally played a senior A&R role on releases by Flo Rida (together with co-writing â€œRight Roundâ€� which featured Kesha in a single of her earliest appearances), Cee Lo Green, B.o.B., Trey Songz, & Travie McCoy.
Corson has a marketing background & boasts long-term roles at Capitol Records (from 1990 to 1996), Columbia Records (1996 â€“ 2000), & RCA Records, where he rose to COO overseeing a roster in that consists of Pink, Justin Timberlake, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, & Zayn Malik. Itâ€™s value noting in that two RCA artists, Sia & Kelly Clarkson, left the brand for WMGâ€™s Atlantic Records earlier this yr.
Rumors of Corsonâ€™s departure have picked up momentum 'cause the summer time. The- chief had expressed a desire to return to the west coast, where Warner Bros. is predicated.
Bay-Schuck, in accordance to an inner memo issued by Universal Music Group last week, was stated to be staying on at Interscope via Sept. 2018. It has still to be seen whether or not heâ€™ll have the ability to Way out any contractual obligations early.
Warner Bros. Records is arguably Lousadaâ€™s steepest challenge: Itâ€™s probably the most storied labels in music-business historical past still has struggled in current years of time of time. Strang has had some wins since his appointment â€” the company has scored Top 10 albums from Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Linkin Park, Michael Buble, Fleet Foxes, Gorillaz, The- Head & the Heart, Mac Miller, & Mastodon over the past year-and-change â€” still has not managed to make a large boost in market share, vibe or morale, a state of affairs the departure of brand president Dan McCarroll earlier this yr didn’t enhance. Warner Music Groupâ€™s different main label, Atlantic, has-been on a roll 'cause the tag team of co-chairmen Craig Kallman & Julie Greenwald took the helm in 2004 & remains probably the most formidable corporations within the business.