We’ll be rounding up the top news from the music industry. Check out the biggest stories highlighted this week!
- Sony Music Dissolves Relationship with R. Kelly
Singer R. Kelly has been dropped by Sony-owned record company RCA in response to long-time allegations of sexual misconduct. The news of his departure was first published by Billboard, though RCA has made no formal announcement other than removing the singer from their corporate website.
R. Kelly signed to Sony-owned Jive Records in 1991 and had renewed his contract with RCA only a few years ago. The details of his departure, including if he was paid to exit his contract, have not been disclosed. (Read More)
2) JP Evangelista Promoted to Senior Vice President of Content, Programming and Marketing at Vevo
JP Evangelista, who has been with Vevo since the company began, has been elevated to Senior Vice President of Content, Program and Marketing. His responsibilities will include leading the company’s music video release strategy, original content production, and global programming, marketing, and editorial.
“More than ever, music videos are proving to be an integral element for artist campaigns, and Vevo is best-placed to serve them to the widest possible audience of global music fans,” said Evangelista. (Read More)
3) Spotify Reportedly Building “Spotify Voice” And Planning India Launch
The Financial Timeshas reported that Spotify is working on an “in-car music player,” in partnership with Flex, a global tech company. “Spotify Voice” will sync to car stereos through Bluetooth and may cost $100 to purchase.
Additionally, Spotify could be launching in India as soon as January 31. This information comes via language included in the official terms & conditions displayed on the company’s website, which has now been removed. (Read More)
4) Jeremy Vuernick Promoted to Executive VP of A&R at Capitol Music Group
Capitol Music Group has announced the promotion of Jeremy Vuernick to Executive VP of A&R. He will continue to lead the Astralwerks label and discover emerging talent, as well as manage recording projects for both new and legacy artists.
“Jeremy bring ambitious vision, enormous energy, and a healthy competitiveness to his important position in the company,” said CMG President Ashley Newton and COO Michelle Jubelirer.
Vuernick notably signed and developed singer Halsey and previously worked as a Senior A&R executive at Ultra Music. (Read More)
5) Bandcamp Plans to Build Brick and Mortar Record Store in Oakland
Bandcamp, the online music platform, will open a brick and mortar record store in Oakland, California on February 1. The store will have more than five million available albums and will dually act as a performance space.
Oakland was selected as the location due to Bandcamp’s desire to be connected to a local and vibrant music community.
To celebrate the grand opening, live performances will include Bells Atlas, Sol Development, Jazz on the Sidewalk and more. (Read More)