Tom Whalley Launches New Label With Universal Republic
April 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM (PT)
UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS has entered into a deal with TOM WHALLEY's SEVEN FOUR ENT. The announcement was made TODAY by ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP Chairman/CEO BARRY WEISS and UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC Pres./CEO MONTE LIPMAN and WHALLEY.
"TOM is a fearless creative executive, respected industry-wide for his A&R instincts and great artistry," stated WEISS. "He has been responsible for the breakout success of many of the world's most exciting, original artists and we are delighted to be partnering with him on the launch of SEVEN FOUR ENT."
"TOM has always been a fierce competitor who constantly operates outside the traditional boundaries," commented LIPMAN. "His innovative approach towards discovering, signing, and marketing new artists has always been inspiring. I'm thrilled that he's joining forces with UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC."
"As we continue to expand opportunities for new artists and their music, TOM and his label are a natural fit," said UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE. "His renowned ability to spot new talent and work in true partnership with artists complements the creative vision that BARRY, MONTE and I share for our EAST COAST company."
"This is a great time for artists and music fans and I am excited to be part of it," added WHALLEY. "I want to continue my tradition of signing independent minded artists and building their careers while using UNIVERSAL's ability to deliver music to everyone everywhere. LUCIAN, BARRY and MONTE's commitment to me on my new venture gives me the platform to continue to nurture artists' careers."