Republic Records Appoints Chris Blackwell as Executive Vice President
Archives of the Republic announced the promotion of Chris Blackwell to EVP of A&R and Content Strategy, as announced today by label president Wendy Goldstein.
According to the announcement, in this new role, Blackwell will continue to lead content creation and development for the entire Republic Records roster. Additionally, he will work with new artists to identify and maximize content opportunities early in their careers.
Blackwell played a major role in Coi Leray’s rise by producing his viral “Cooking With Coi Leray,” and has also collaborated with Ka$hdami, Lil Wayne, Benee, and Kash Doll on upcoming lineup. He has also worked with Federal Films on several projects, including the documentary “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop” based on the book of the same name by Vicki Tobak and directed by Oscar-winning “Summer of Soul” co-producer Joseph Patel.
Goldstein commented, “Chris is a 360-degree creative thinker and strategist. He has made incredible inroads for our artists to reach critical mass by venturing off the beaten path and into new territory. He is a proven visionary whose dynamic personality will be key to our expansion.
Blackwell added, “I refer to what I do as A&R-plus. More than ever, artists are multi-hyphenates, content creators and brand builders. I am honored to be their liaison when it comes to creative projects. Monte and Avery have built the perfect space for entrepreneurs to thrive.
+ tank media expanded its global publishing deal with Dan Nakamura, known professionally as In the Automaton, a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter who produced Gorillaz’s debut album and co-directed the Dr. Octagon and Handsome Boy Modeling School projects (with Kool Keith and Prince Paul, respectively), and has worked extensively with DJ Shadow and Del the Funky Homosapien; he has also worked extensively as a composer for film and television. The new deal includes Nakamura’s catalog and future work expanding the scope of an existing publishing relationship between Reservoir and Nakamura, first established in 2012. Handsome Boy Modeling School is also expected to release new music later this year.
A&R Tank EVP Faith Newman said, “From his work as a producer and hip-hop artist to his recent film and television compositions, Dan has consistently demonstrated the breadth of his talent. Throughout his decades-long career, Dan has left an indelible mark on the music industry, and we look forward to working on his music.
+ Resident Advisor (RA), the electronic music platform and magazine, has created a new governance board as part of a wider corporate restructuring and recruitment drive. According to the announcement, the restructuring aims to improve diversity and representation at senior levels within RA while introducing direct community stewardship to RA for the first time.
The initial composition of the board includes producer-DJ Tony Nwachukwu, DJ-consultant Lauren Goshinski, outside director Carin Abdulá and AR community manager Amy Van Baaren. RA founders Nick Sabine and Paul Clement transition from co-CEOs to members of the new board, while former COO David Selby takes on the role of CEO.
+ UnitedMasters, the “record company in your pocket” for independent artists, announced the release of Beat Exchange, an organized marketplace for buying and selling beats. The Beat Exchange connects producers with UnitedMasters’ 1.5 million independent artists while providing tools to upload and manage a personal storefront of beats.
UnitedMasters artists now have access to purchase or license beats from emerging and established producers like Hit-Boy (Nas, Drake, Beyoncé), Turbo (Gunna, Travis Scott, Lil Baby), Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph (Kodak Black, Rihanna, Saint Jhn), Kato on the Track and David Morse (Headtaps song by Lil Durk).
According to the announcement, Beat Exchange will provide participating producers with:
• Ownership: Ability to retain 100% of sales and enjoy exclusive benefits by joining the UnitedMasters Select program, or retain 90% of sales at no upfront cost
• Licensing: a choice of three licensing models (non-exclusive, exclusive or buyout) and the ability to customize sales needs, including price and contract duration
• Brands + Sync: Exclusive opportunities to monetize or license your beats with the world’s biggest brands like ESPN and the NBA, with additional opportunities to have your beats featured in TV shows, movies, games video, etc
• Organized Discovery: Designed to simplify navigation, beats are cleverly organized by specific sounds (genre, mood, instrument, etc.) and editorial playlists will encourage discovery
+ frontline entertainment, Directed by Craig Dorfman, joined the management and entertainment division of Three Six Zero. With this partnership, Frontline customers and staff come in-house, and Dorfman takes on a partner position in the company, which also represents music groups Calvin Harris, Louis Tomlinson and Majid Jordan.
Founded in 2000, Frontline portrays Jabari Banks, the lead in Peacock’s acclaimed drama “Bel-Air”, Joshua Malina (“The West Wing,” “The Big Bang Theory”) and Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange Is The New Black” ), among others.
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