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BMG North America Announces Realignment
Wednesday March 24, 1:25 pm ET
Powerhouse RCA Music Group Expands to Include Arista
Barry Weiss to Head Newly Formed Zomba Label Group
Move Bolsters BMG's Creative Reach in the U.S.
NEW YORK, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to expand its creative centers
and profitability, BMG North America will realign its U.S. labels and
operations by expanding powerhouse RCA Music Group to include Arista
Records, and relocating LaFace Records and So So Def Records within the
newly formed Zomba Label Group, it was announced today by Clive Davis,
Chairman, BMG North America, and Charles Goldstuck, President and COO, BMG
Under this plan, Arista Records will be reconfigured from a stand-alone
company to a separate label under the RCA Music Group umbrella, retaining
its own artists as well as A&R and marketing staffs. As part of the broad
realignment, some Arista artists will be moved to the RCA Music Group,
including Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Avril Lavigne, Carlos Santana, Whitney
Houston, Kenny G and Babyface. Although LaFace and So So Def will remain
stand-alone entities, they and their rosters of artists including OutKast,
Usher, Pink, J-Kwon, Jermaine Dupri, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher,
Youngbloodz, Kelis, Clipse, among others, will now be included within the
Zomba Label Group. Additionally, the Zomba Label Group will take on key
LaFace and So So Def A&R and marketing personnel.
"This new structure underscores our deep commitment to preserving and
strengthening our diverse record labels and investing in creativity and
artists," said Davis. "BMG has a peerless roster of superstar and developing
artists who deserve the very best creative homes and the resources necessary
to develop careers that endure and music that inspires."
With the creation of the Zomba Label Group, which will now include LaFace
and So So Def along with Jive, Verity, Volcano, and Violator, Barry Weiss
assumes the new title of President and CEO, Zomba Label Group. Weiss reports
directly to Davis.
"I am really grateful that Barry will take on this critical role in our new
structure," said Davis. "He is one of the premier music executives and has
established a stellar track record during his more than 20 years in the
"The labels of the newly formed Zomba Label Group collectively boast one of
the most powerful artist rosters in the music business," said Weiss. "I look
forward to working with such an extraordinarily talented group of artists
and to continuing to be part of BMG's dynamic North America team."
Today's move will create new efficiencies by consolidating a number of
functions across BMG's U.S. labels, according to Goldstuck. In connection
with the reorganization, a number of Arista employees will join the staffs
of both the RCA Music Group and the Zomba Label Group.
"With today's realignment, BMG North America is setting clear priorities to
sustain and enhance our creative and financial success for the future in the
face of ongoing marketplace challenges," said Goldstuck. "We continue to
strengthen our A&R focus and investment in artists while creating an
organization that is more efficient, responsive and profitable."
Under this new structure, BMG's North America operations will now include
recorded music companies RCA Music Group (RCA, J and Arista), Zomba Label
Group, and BMG Canada, as well as BMG Strategic Marketing Group and BMG
Distribution. RLG - Nashville, BMG Music Publishing and BMG Classics are not
affected by the realignment.
BMG is the global music division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's
leading media companies. BMG owns more than 200 record labels in 41
countries including Ariola, Arista Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA
Records and RCA Label Group - Nashville. In addition, BMG's music publishing
operations are the third largest in the world.
24 MARCH 2004