Today In Music Industry Jobs: Spotify Boots Sean Parker

In today’s edition of music industry jobs, Spotify has given the boot to Sean Parker.  WR1 has also nabbed multiple Rhapsody/Napster executives.

Ahead of their IPO, Spotify has confirmed that Sean Parker will step down from its board of directors.  Sean Parker had backed the Swedish streamer during its infancy.  Another early backer, Klaus Hommels, has also stepped down from the company’s board of directors.  Parker and Hommels will remain as company investors.  The news comes from documents obtained from The Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register.

Following the departure of Parker and Hommels, Spotify has added four people to its board of directors.  Cristina Stenbeck, former chairman of the board for Swedish investment company Kinnevik and Tom Staggs and former Disney COO will join the company’s board of directors.  Spotify has also added Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NIO USA, and Shishir Mehrotra, former head of product for Youtube.

iHeartMedia has named Susan Reynolds Marketing/Promotions Director for Portland.  She had previously worked as a freelance publicist generating publicity and securing marketing activations.  Reynolds had also served as a Talk Show Producer for CJAD-AM.

FirstCom Music has appointed Tom Vale as Film & TV Licensing Manager.  He had previously founded Frog Music Licensing in 2010.  The company connected singers and songwriters from Austin, Texas, to placement opportunities in TV, film, and advertising worldwide.

Subscription-as-a-service technology platform WR1 has hired former Rhapsody/Napster Senior Vice President, Anders Evju, as President.  He brings more than twenty years’ experience from the mobile industry to the company.  Evju recently joined WR1 from Rhapsody/Napster, where he served as Senior Vice President, Americas.  WR1 has also hired Rhapsody/Napster Senior Director of Partnerships, Dan Shumate.  He will now serve as the Senior Vice President of Business development.  Shumate had worked ten years at Rhapsody/Napster.  He has vast experience in developing and managing music label and indie partnerships.  Finally, the company has hired Avi Tannenbaum as a lead web developer. He previously developed Pips Island’s web platform. Tannenbaum will be responsible for web design and development of the WR1 club landing.  He’ll also build the CMS and SEO systems.

The Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Music (SACEM) has elected its new board of directors.  Composer Patrick Lemaitre will come on as Treasurer.  Composer Serge Perathoner will serve as Assistant General Secretary.  Elected by their peers, the board of directors include Jean-Claude Petit as President, Jean-Marie Moreau as Vice President.  Publisher Nicolas Galibert and composer Wally Badarou will also serve as Vice Presidents.  Publisher Thierry Perrier will serve as Assistant Treasurer.  Composer Dominique Pankratoff will serve as General Secretary.  Publisher Jean-Philippe Allard and author-director Rémy Grumbach will come aboard as administrators.  Author Christine Lidon, publisher Jean-Marie Salhani, and author Frédéric Zeitoun will also serve as newly-appointed administrators.

iHeartMedia has announced its weekly lineup for SportsTalk 790.  Veteran sports radio personality Josh Innes will host ‘The Josh Innes Show.’  Veteran football scout, writer, and fantasy football expert Jayson Braddock will join hosts Adam Clanton and Sean Jones on ‘The Bottom Line.’

Eleven Seven Label Group (E7LG) has named Dan Waite as Managing Director of E7LG-Europe.  He previously served as the Head of Talent at Time Inc in the UK.   Craig Swan has also joined Waite’s UK team as Digital Marketing Manager.

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has named Transgressive Records co-founder Tim Dellow as Chairperson.  Previously, CEO Paul Pacifico had also worked as Chairperson.  Dellow vowed to raise standards across the indie sector.

Capitol Music Group has relaunched hip-hop label Priority Records with an independent distribution focus.  Los Angeles radio veteran William “Fuzzy” West and A&R executive Serge Durand will run Priority Records.

Syco Music has signed a record deal with pop songwriter Ina Wroldsen.  She has co-written hits with One Direction, James Arthur, Britney Spears, Jess Glynne, and Clean Bandit.  Wroldsen also co-wrote Calvin Harris and Disciples’ ‘How Deep Is Your Love.’  She also recently featured on Martin Solveig’s ‘Single Places,’ which has received over 60 million streams on Spotify.

Warner Music Group has signed Venezuelan artist Danny Ocean in a joint partnership with Atlantic and Warner Music Latin.  Warner Music Latin will work Ocean’s Spanish albums and singles.  Atlantic will work with the Venezuelan artist’s English works.

Warner Music Group has named Jeff Bronikowski as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and Head of New Technology and Innovation.  WMG also promoted Tracy Gardner to Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and Strategy in London.  Bronikowski has previously worked with AOL, UMG, and IAC, among others.  Garner first joined Warner in 2011 as part of Digital Legal Affairs.

Live music streaming platform LiveXLive has signed social media star, King Bach (real name Andrew B. Bachelor).  He will serve as contributing social editor.  Bachelor had previously snagged billions of views on Vine.

Amazon has confirmed that Jason Carter, Head of Amazon’s Prime Live Events, has left the business.  He joined the company one month ago.  Carter previously worked at the BBC as Head of Popular Music and Live Music Events.

Paradigm Talent Agency has promoted five music staffers to agents.  Tim Corbin, Carly James, Jamila Lyndon, Kiely Mosiman and Paolo Suarez will join the agency’s team of music agents.  They previously had support roles at Paradigm for several years.

BMI has promoted Alison Smith to Executive Vice President of Distribution, Publisher Relations, and Administration Services.  BMI has also promoted Mike Steinberg to Executive Vice President of Creative and Licensing.  The promotions follow Phil Graham’s retirement earlier this year. Graham had worked as Senior Vice President of Writer and Publisher Relations.  Smith had previously worked as Senior Vice President of Operations, Distribution, and Administration.  Steinberg had served as Senior Vice President of Licensing.

The Guild of Music Supervisors has announced a new Canadian Chapter.  Music supervisor veteran and Instinct Entertainment owner Michael A. Perlmutter will serve as President of the Canadian Chapter.

Curb Records has named Cheryl Broz Vice President of Pop Promotion and Radio Marketing.  She previously worked in the pop music departments at Columbia, Island, Def Jam Records/UMG, and Artista Records.  Broz will guide the strategic direction for promotion and marketing efforts across Pop and Rock.

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One Response

  1. Remi Swierczek

    Streaming music suicide entering midterm, milk the suckers, FESTIVAL!
    There are more credible faces to attract teacher’s union retirement funds than S. Parker. Music booby trap needs proper decoration in this culminating moment!

    At the same time deep pocket Apple with BILLION credit cards is getting exhausted with substudies to UMG/Ek music suicide business plan.

    Dear labels and all politically powerful MEGA STARS,
    Unite, erase “safe harbor”, get new “fair use act” and make music marchandise again! Next day 100K Radio stations, 5 million public places and 7 STUPID streamers on Ek’s DOPE will become simple music stores.

    Play THE BEST ad and sub free and charge for addition to personal play list!

    $300B music business by 2030. GOOGLE IS THE ONLY ROAD BLOCK.