Atlantic Records Appoints A&R Executives Brandon Davis and Jeff Levin as Executive Vice President; The UMG Divisions launch the Soundtracks and Scores label

Brandon Davis and Jeff Levin were reappointed as executive vice presidents and co-heads of pop A&R for Atlantic Records‘Warner Music Imprint; both will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Atlantic A&R President Pete Ganbarg.

“Both Brandon and Jeff have worked at Atlantic their entire professional lives, progressing from entry-level intern and assistant positions to becoming an integral part of leading our A&R team,” Ganbarg commented. “I couldn’t be happier for them and am thrilled to recognize their contributions with these well-deserved promotions.”

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Previously, both executives served as senior vice presidents of A&R. Davis joined Atlantic 11 years ago as an assistant in the A&R department, and Levin joined in 2010 and has since A&R’d a wide range of WMG artists. His signatures include Melanie Martinez (“Cry Baby”), Ben Platt’s debut album and signed Oliver Tree. Most recently, Levin A&R’s Charlie Puth’s third album, “Charlie,” which includes the gold-certified single, “Left and Right” featuring BTS’s Jungkook.

In tandem with Ricky Reed, Davis signed Lizzo to the label in 2015 and also served as A&R for “The Greatest Showman,” in addition to filling the producer role for “Birds of Prey: The Album.” Most recently, he co-A&R’d Charli XCX’s “Crash” and Ava Max’s second album. Davis was named one of Variety‘s Hitmakers 2019.

“Our mission has always been to attract, sign and nurture the greatest talent across all genres,” said Craig Kallman, President and CEO of Atlantic Records. “Brandon and Jeff are our A&R pop stars, bringing us a slew of game-changing artists. They have perfect musical instincts, combined with the insight and ability to nurture artists at every stage of their career. As Pete said, they literally grew in this company, and I join him in congratulating them on their new leadership positions.”

(Picture above, LR): Brandon Davis and Jeff Levin

+ Universal Music Group divisions Decca Records, Verve Label Group and Soundtrack and music from around the globeannounced the joint launch of Mercury Classics soundtrack and score – a boutique record label dedicated to soundtracks and sheet music.

In a press release, UMG described the new partnership as being “positioned at the forefront of film and television soundtrack creativity, worldwide,” designed to support “as they embark on major audiovisual projects on a global scale”. It will operate with new hubs in Los Angeles, New York and London, with a new named Lana Thompson acting as label manager.

The first major releases to be announced 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 company will release the soundtrack to “A Good Person,” written and directed by Zach Braff and featuring Morgan Freeman and Florence Pugh, with a score composed by Bryce Dessner.

+ nation live tapped Genie Lincoln as the new president of the California region, where she will oversee all reservations, marketing and sales operations.

Prior to her time at Live Nation, Lincoln was General Manager and Senior Vice President of Live Events for the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California. During her nearly nine years at the site, Lincoln has worked closely with much of the team she now leads.

“In her previous role at The Forum, she worked closely with our teams and we are thrilled to see her continue to support our division and the artists we support across California even more,” said Jordan Zachary, Co-Chair of US Concerts. .

Rich Best, who was the former president of the California region, joins the global promotions team under the leadership of Arthur Fogel and Omar Al-joulani. The global promotion team works on worldwide releases with major artists like The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Post Malone, Bruno Mars and more.

“This is a great opportunity for my friend Geni and I welcome her to one of the fastest growing concert markets in the world,” Best said. “At the same time, I’m incredibly excited to take the next step in realizing my dream of working with artists on the world stage.”

+ Michael Knox was promoted to president of Peer music Nashville, expanding his role — previously a senior vice president — at the publishing company, as announced by Kathy Spanberger, president and CEO of Peermusic.

“During his 12 years at Peermusic, Michael Knox distinctly guided our Nashville office song-by-song, beat-by-beat, which had a major impact on our songwriter roster,” Spanberger said. “Knox is one of Nashville’s most prolific music publishers and producers with an extraordinary amount of production credits to his name, but it’s his thoughtful approach, quick humor and dedication to our music makers that inspires really people want to build their careers.with Peermusic Nashville.Knox provides career opportunities for our writers.

The music director also has production credits for Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris and dozens more. Prior to joining Peermusic, Knox served as Warner Chappell’s vice president responsible for writer and artist development and song placements, signing and overseeing writers and catalogs such as Jason Aldean, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Emily West and others. Knox previously served on the ACM Board of Directors and the CMA Board of Directors.

+ Musexpo will return next year to Burbank, Calif., for its annual Global Music Business Showcase on March 21. Pete Ganbargpresident of A&R Atlantic Records and ATCO Records, will receive the award for International Music Person of the Year.

Ganbarg will be recognized for his “significant achievements and contributions to the U.S. and global music industry,” at a special VIP awards gala luncheon, according to the event’s press release. He will be interviewed as a keynote speaker before lunch to highlight his personal and professional backgrounds.

Musexpo attendees, as well as Pete’s colleagues and friends from across the industry, will be in attendance for the luncheon, which also includes special presentations from Sat Bisla, President and Founder, A&R Worldwide/Musexpo; a representative of Warner Music Group; the City of Burbank; and California state officials.

+ HarbourView Equity Partnersthe global alternative asset management firm founded by Sherrese Clarke Soares, has purchased the California-based alternative rock band’s publishing music catalog incubusand the individual works of the co-founder and guitarist mike einziger.

Incubus was formed in 1991 and currently includes vocalist Brandon Boyd, Einziger, drummer Jose Pasillas II, DJ Kilmore and bassist Ben Kenney. In addition to the band’s publishing catalog, HarbourView also purchased Einziger’s solo work as a songwriter and producer. These recordings include collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Skrillex and Tyler the Creator, among others. Along with Avicii and Aloe Blacc, Einziger also penned the single “Wake Me Up”, which currently has over a billion streams on Spotify.

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