EMI Group today announced the company is merger of its Capitol and Virgin labels to form The Capitol Music Group, a front line pop, rock and urban label group. Jason Flom has been promoted to lead The Capitol Music Group as Chairman and CEO. Flom, who joined EMI as Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records America in November 2005, reports directly to EMI Chairman Nicoli.
Andy Slater, who has headed of Capitol Records since 2001, has stepped down. Many other layoffs are sure to follow since combining these two major labels is part of EMI's recentlyannounced restructuring designed to deliver $217 million in annual savings.
Bruce Lundvall, head of The Blue Note will continue to report directly to Nicoli, as will EMI Music North America's COO Ivan Gavin and CFO Colin Finkelstein. EMI Music Marketing President Ronn Werre, Capitol Nashville President and CEO Mike Dungan, EMI Christian Music Group Chairman/CEO & President Bill Hearn and Caroline Distribution General Manager/SVP Bill Hein will all continue to report to Ivan Gavin.
Full press release after the jump.
PRESS RELEASE: EMI MUSIC FORMS CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP IN THE US
USCOMPRISING CAPITOL AND VIRGIN IMPRINTS, JASON FLOM TO HEAD NEW LABEL
, JANUARY 25, 2007 – After a review of EMI Music’s American operations, Eric Nicoli, the Chief Executive Officer of EMI Group today announced that the company is merging its Capitol and Virgin labels to form The Capitol Music Group, a front line pop, rock and urban label group that will comprise the Capitol and Virgin Records imprints.
Jason Flom has been promoted to
lead The Capitol Music Group as Chairman and CEO. Flom, who joined EMI as Chairman and CEO of
Virgin Records America in November 2005, reports directly to Nicoli and will
now oversee the combined Capitol and Virgin rosters in the US
Nicoli said: "The music
business shows exciting growth potential, but the environment remains extremely
challenging. In order to thrive and meet
the demands of a rapidly evolving and dynamic music market, we must re-think
our operations, not only to make them efficient, but also more effective and
focused on creative excellence. By
bringing Capitol and Virgin into one label group, we will be better equipped
than ever to promote and nurture artistic talent. We remain strongly committed to developing
artists in America New York
Americain all genres as this is a key repertoire source for the world, and to that end, we will maintain our A&R focus and keep a presence in both LA and
New York. This structure will also allow us to further build our digital capability.”
“Jason Flom quickly demonstrated his leadership and artist development abilities since he has been at Virgin. I am confident that he will take us to new levels of success in the rock, pop and urban genres as leader of the Capitol Music Group.”
Slater, who has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Records
in the US
USsince 2001, has stepped down from his post.
“I would like to thank Andy for his contribution to Capitol and EMI over the past six years and wish him well in all that he does in the future,” said Nicoli.
formation of this combined US
USlabel group is part of EMI Group’s recently announced restructuring program, designed to deliver £110m ($217 million) in annual savings across its business.
Bruce Lundvall, President and CEO of The Blue Note Label Group, will continue to report directly to Nicoli, as will EMI Music North America Chief Operating Officer Ivan Gavin and EMI Music North America Chief Financial Officer Colin Finkelstein.
EMI Music Marketing President Ronn Werre, Capitol Nashville President and CEO Mike Dungan, EMI Christian Music Group Chairman/CEO & President Bill Hearn and Caroline Distribution General Manager/SVP Bill Hein will all continue to report to Ivan Gavin.
“The combined Capitol Music Group under Jason Flom will become part of a portfolio of labels that position us to be best-of-class in all genres in the US market: the new Capitol Music Group, our very successful Capitol Nashville label, the market-leading EMI Christian Music Group, The Blue Note Label Group aimed at the adult music buyer, our US Latin label EMI Televisa Music, EMM’s terrific catalog business and Caroline as a full service distribution and marketing arm for the independent label area,” said Nicoli.
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ABOUT EMI GROUP
EMI Group is one of the world’s leading music companies, operating in 50 countries. Its two divisions include EMI Music Publishing, the world’s top music publisher, and EMI Music, its recorded music division.
ABOUT EMI MUSIC
IN THE US
EMI Music North
America is a part of EMI Group. Its
U.S. units include Astralwerks; The Blue Note Label Group, which includes the
Angel, Blue Note, EMI Classics, Manhattan and Narada imprints; The Capitol
Music Group, which includes the Capitol and Virgin imprints; Capitol Nashville;
Caroline Distribution, serving the independent label community; EMI Christian
Music Group; EMI Televisa Music; and Mute. Its EMI Music Marketing unit comprises catalogue marketing, strategic
marketing and sales for all of EMI’s US
USlabels. For further information, please visit www.emigroup.com.
EMI North America
North America, +1.212.786.8850
Amanda Conroy, EMI worldwide, +44.20.7796.7529
Bio, picture of Jason Flom available upon request