Multiple Reports Have Columbia Co-Chair Steve Barnett Joining UMG To Head The Newly Acquired EMI Labels
October 8, 2012 at 3:41 AM (PT)
The rumbles started getting louder FRIDAY (10/5), and it's looking as if UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP will hire COLUMBIA Co-Chairman STEVE BARNETT to move across the street and take over their newly acquired EMI labels. THE NEW YORK TIMES reports the "talks are still in progress," but that "BARNETT has already resigned from SONY."
It's assumed BARNETT would hold the title of Chairman of THE CAPITOL RECORDS GROUP, overseeing EMI's American labels, which include CAPITOL, VIRGIN and BLUE NOTE.
BARNETT's background is that of an artist manager, and he counted AC/DC as a client.
He has been with SONY since 1996, when he first joined EPIC.