Atlantic Records Re-Ups Brandon Davis and Jeff Levin as Exec VPs (A&R)

Brandon Davis and Jeff Levin have been re-upped to government vice presidents and co-heads of pop A&R for Atlantic Records‘ Warner Music imprint; each might be primarily based in Los Angeles, and report back to Atlantic President of A&R, Pete Ganbarg.

“Both Brandon and Jeff have labored at Atlantic their complete skilled lives, rising from entry-level intern and assistant positions to change into an integral a part of the management of our A&R staff,” commented Ganbarg. “I couldn’t be happier for them and am thrilled to acknowledge their contributions with these well-deserved promotions.”

Previously, the pair of execs held positions as senior VPs of A&R. Davis joined Atlantic 11 years in the past as an assistant within the A&R division, and Levin joined in 2010 and has since A&R’d a variety of WMG artists. His signings embody Melanie Martinez (“Cry Baby”), Ben Platt’s debut album and signed Oliver Tree. Most lately, Levin A&R’d Charlie Puth’s third album, “Charlie,” which incorporates the gold-certified single, “Left and Right” that includes Jungkook of BTS.

In tandem with Ricky Reed, Davis signed Lizzo to the label in 2015, and additionally served as an A&R for “The Greatest Showman,” along with filling the position of producer for “Birds of Prey: The Album.” Most lately, he co-A&R’d Charli XCX’s “Crash,” and Ava Max’s forthcoming sophomore album. Davis was named one among Variety’s 2019 Hitmakers.

“Our mission has at all times been to draw, signal, and nurture the best expertise throughout each style,” mentioned Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records chairman and CEO. “Brandon and Jeff are our pop A&R stars, bringing us a string of game-changing artists. They’ve bought spot-on musical instincts, mixed with the perception and capacity to nurture artists at each stage of their careers. As Pete mentioned, they’ve actually grown up at this firm, and I be a part of him in congratulating them on their new management posts.”

(Pictured above, L-R): Brandon Davis and Jeff Levin

+ Universal Music Group divisions Decca Records, Verve Label Group and Globe Soundtrack and Score, have introduced a joint launch of Mercury Classics Soundtrack and Score – a boutique report label devoted to soundtracks and scores.

In a press launch, UMG described the brand new partnership to be “positioned on the vanguard of movie and TV soundtrack creativity, worldwide,” made to assist “as they undertake main audio-visual initiatives globally.” It will function with new hubs in LA, NY and London, with a newly appointed Lana Thompson appearing as the label supervisor.

The first main releases to be introduced via Mercury Classics Soundtrack and Score are “Till” (Orion Pictures), composed by Abel Korzeniowski and co-written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, and “Women Talking” (Orion Pictures), composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir. In 2023, the corporate will launch the soundtrack to “A Good Person,” written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Morgan Freeman and Florence Pugh, with a rating composed by Bryce Dessner.

+ Live Nation has tapped Geni Lincoln as their new president of the California area, the place she is going to oversee all reserving, advertising and marketing and enterprise operations.

Before her stint at Live Nation, Lincoln was the overall supervisor and senior VP of dwell occasions for the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In her practically 9 years on the venue, Lincoln labored intently with a lot of the staff she is now main.

“In her prior position on the Forum she has labored extremely intently with our groups and we’re excited to see her proceed to assist much more of our division and the artists we assist throughout California,” mentioned Jordan Zachary, Co-President U.S. Concerts.

Rich Best, who served as the earlier president of California Region, joins the worldwide selling staff beneath the management of Arthur Fogel and Omar Al-joulani. The world selling staff works on worldwide outings with main artists just like the Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Post Malone, Bruno Mars and extra.

“This is a superb alternative for my pal Geni and I give her a heat welcome to probably the most vibrant live performance markets on the planet,” mentioned Best. “At the identical time, I’m extremely excited to take the subsequent step residing out my dream working with artists on a worldwide stage.”

+ Michael Knox has been promoted to president of Peermusic Nashville, increasing his position — beforehand, senior VP — inside the publishing firm, as introduced by Kathy Spanberger, president and CEO of Peermusic.

“In the 12 years that he has been with Peermusic, Michael Knox has distinctively guided our Nashville workplace track by track, hit by hit, leading to main impression for our roster of songwriters,” mentioned Spanberger. “Knox is without doubt one of the most prolific publishers and music producers in Nashville with a unprecedented quantity of manufacturing credit to his title, but it surely’s his considerate strategy, fast humor, and devotion to our music creators that actually attracts individuals to need to construct their careers with Peermusic Nashville. Knox is delivering career-making alternatives for our writers.”

The music exec additionally boasts manufacturing credit for Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris and dozens extra. Prior to becoming a member of Peermusic, Knox served as Warner Chappell’s VP accountable for author and artist improvement and track placements, signing and overseeing such writers and catalogs as Jason Aldean, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Emily West and others. Knox has beforehand served on the ACM Board of Directors and the CMA Board of Directors.

+ Musexpo will return subsequent 12 months in Burbank, Calif. for its annual world music enterprise showcase on March 21. Pete Ganbarg, president of A&R Atlantic Records and ATCO Records, might be offered with the worldwide music individual of the 12 months award.

Ganbarg might be acknowledged for his “important achievements and contributions to the U.S. and world music {industry},” throughout a particular VIP Awards Gala Luncheon, in response to the occasion’s press launch. He might be interviewed as a keynote speaker earlier than the luncheon to spotlight each his private and skilled journeys.

Musexpo attendees, as nicely as Pete’s colleagues and associates from throughout the {industry}, might be in attendance for the luncheon, which additionally options particular shows from Sat Bisla, president and founder, A&R Worldwide/Musexpo; a consultant from Warner Music Group; the City of Burbank; and representatives from the State of California.

+ HarbourView Equity Partners, the worldwide different asset administration firm based by Sherrese Clarke Soares, have bought the publishing music catalog of the California-based alt-rock band Incubus, and particular person works of co-founder and guitarist Mike Einziger.

Incubus was fashioned in 1991 and presently consists of vocalist Brandon Boyd, Einziger, drummer Jose Pasillas II, DJ Kilmore and bassist Ben Kenney. In addition to the band’s publishing catalog, HarbourView additionally bought Einziger’s solo work as a songwriter and producer. Those recordings embody collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Skrillex, and Tyler the Creator, amongst others. With Avicii and Aloe Blacc, Einziger additionally wrote the only “Wake Me Up,” which presently has over one billion streams on Spotify.

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