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CMRRA Names Paul Shaver President

He joins the SoundExchange-owned licensing collective from Nielsen Entertainment Canada. Paul Shaver is leaving his role as vp of Nielsen Entertainment Canada to take on the position of president at The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA), a SoundExchange company. He will continue to be based in Toronto.  “Paul’s unyielding passion for the business...

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Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group Promotes Spring Aspers to President of Music

Spring Aspers has been promoted to president of music at Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Wednesday (Oct. 2). She will oversee all music-related aspects of the music picture group’s labels, including creative, licensing and publishing, production and promotion.  With the promotion, Aspers becomes the only female overseeing music at a major film...

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Mark Cavell & Per Hauber Promoted to Lead Sony Music’s Masterworks and Classical Division

Sony Music Entertainment has promoted Mark Cavell and Per Hauber to lead the company’s classical, jazz, broadway and non-traditional contemporary music business, it was announced Monday (Sept. 23). Cavell will be based in New York as president of Sony Masterworks and Hauber will become president of Sony Classical, based in Berlin. Both will report to...

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Taylor Lindsey Promoted to Senior VP A&R at Sony Music Nashville

Sony Music Nashville has promoted Taylor Lindsey to senior vp A&R, the company announced Monday (Sept. 16). Lindsey previously served as vp A&R. “Taylor’s instincts, relationships, and creative standard sets the bar for A&R executives — anywhere,” said Sony Music Nashville executive vp A&R Jim Catino in a statement. “Her tireless pursuit of talent and great songs has...

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Def Jam Promotes Rodney Shealey to Label’s Exec VP, Theda Sandiford to Senior VP Commerce

Def Jam Recordings has promoted Rodney Shealey to executive vp of the label, company chairman and CEO Paul Rosenberg announced Monday (Sept. 9). Also promoted was Theda Sandiford, who has been named senior vp commerce. “Rodney and Theda are seasoned, veteran leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues throughout Def Jam, [Universal Music Group],...

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Universal Music Publishing Group Names David Gray & Walter Jones Co-Heads A&R

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced on Monday (Sept. 9) that David Gray and Walter Jones will lead the company’s A&R department as co-heads. The two will be bi-coastal, with Gray relocating to New York City and Jones continuing in Santa Monica. Together, Gray and Jones will oversee A&R creative strategy for UMPG’s roster of...

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Spotify Hires Former CBS News Head David Rhodes as Part of Broader Podcasting Push

The streaming service also tapped former Facebook executive Amy Hudson to help lead its expansion into sports programming. Spotify’s push into podcasting continues. On Friday (Sept. 6), sources confimed to Billboard that the streaming service has tapped former CBS News president David Rhodes as a consultant to assist with its broader push into news programming. The hire comes as part...

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Cinq Music Group Names Diana Schweinbeck Director of Marketing in the US

Cinq Music Group has named Diana Schweinbeck director of marketing in the U.S., the technology-driven record label, distribution and rights management company announced Wednesday (Aug. 28).  Schweinbeck is the founder of Atlanta-based branding and management company Schweinbeck LLC, where she’s worked with hip-hop and R&B acts such as Sy Ari Da Kid, OG Maco, Damar Jackson...

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Warner Records Names Claudia Butzky Senior VP Brand Partnerships, Strategic Marketing & Commercial Sync Licensing

Warner Records has named Claudia Butzky senior vp brand partnerships, strategic marketing and commercial sync licensing, the company announced Wednesday (Aug. 21). In her new role, Butzky will report to Warner Records COO Tom Corson, who serves as co-chairman alongside CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck. “Claudia is one of the most well-respected and admired strategic branding experts, and...

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Columbia Records Names Azim Rashid as Senior VP Urban Promotion

Columbia Records has named Azim Rashid senior vp urban promotion, the company announced Monday (Aug. 19). Rashid will lead that department, which is responsible for Columbia’s roster at urban radio. “Azim is renowned as both a sharp promotion executive and a respected figure in urban music with a phenomenal track record of launching artists at radio,” said...

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