Ashley Newton Joins Capitol Music Group As President, UMG EVP Creative/Special Projects
January 4, 2016 at 11:12 AM (PT)
ASHLEY NEWTON has been named President of CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP and EVP Of Creative/Special Projects for UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP by CMG Chairman/CEO STEVE BARNETT and UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE.
NEWTON is reunited with BARNETT, who, as Co-Chairman and COO of COLUMBIA RECORDS, appointed him President in 2010, forging a partnership in the three years they worked together.
Commented BARNETT: "ASHLEY is one of the most artist-friendly, committed and successful creative executives in music, and a fierce proponent for taste and aesthetics. It's a testament to his great abilities that his successful artist associations span THE SPICE GIRLS to ADELE to KING OF LEON to D'ANGELO to DAFT PUNK and PHARRELL WILLIAMS. His extensive experience, artist and industry relationships and strong interpersonal skills will be of tremendous value to CAPITOL MUSIC GTROUP, and everyone in the company joins me in welcoming ASHLEY to the family."
Added GRAINGE: "The revitalization of CAPITOL is no longer an aspiration, it's a reality. And now, as we embark on CAPITOL's next phase of growth, we do so with ASHLEY NEWTON, a great addition to the company's stellar management team led by STEVE BARNETT. With ASHLEY, we continue our strategy of having our company's key positions held by executives with incredible creative track records and with deep artist development experience. As one of the industry's most respected and accomplished executives, I'm looking forward to ASHLEY's contributions at CAPITOL as well as UMG."
Commented NEWTON: "LUCIAN and STEVE are true leaders who define excellence within our industry, and we share a philosophy that music must always remain the prevailing priority. They have provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime, and it is a real honor to be joining them and their teams in such multi-faceted roles within the two companies."
NEWTON was most recently President of COLUMBIA RECORDS since JANUARY 2010, signing and working with some of music's most commercially successful and critically acclaimed artists, including DAFT PUNK, PHARRELL WILLIAMS, ADELE, DAVID BOWIE, LEONARD COHEN, GEORGE EZRA, HAIM, HOZIER, JOHN MAYER, MGMT and THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.
NEWTON came to COLUMBIA from RCA RECORDS, where he was EVP A&R for THE FOO FIGHTERS, KINGS OF LEON, VELVET REVOLVER and RAY LaMONTAGNE, among others.
He began his A&R career at ISLAND RECORDS in LONDON under CHRIS BLACKWELL and went on to become Co-Managing Director of VIRGIN RECORDS UK, having joined the company as co-owner of venture label CIRCA RECORDS. He was subsequently appointed Co-President of VIRGIN RECORDS AMERICA and SVP A&R of VIRGIN MUSIC GROUP WORLDWIDE, credited for signing such superstar acts as THE SPICE GIRLS, MASSIVE ATTACK, N.E.R.D., EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS and NENEH CHERRY in addition to working closely with JANET JACKSON, DAVID BOWIE, GORILLAZ, LENNY KRAVITZ, PETER GABRIEL, THE VERVE, D'ANGELO, SMASHING PUNKINS SOUL II SOUL, 30 SECONDS TO MARS and DAFT PUNK.