NY Post: Rick Rubin To Join Sony Music
February 5, 2007 at 6:16 AM (PT)
THE NEW YORK POST reports SONY MUSIC's U.S. label group has tapped producer RICK RUBIN to serve as the company's "music czar," overseeing the creative development of artists on its COLUMBIA and EPIC RECORDS labels, four well-placed music industry sources said.
According to these sources, the deal with RUBIN, who has worked with everyone from JOHNNY CASH to METALLICA to the BEASTIE BOYS, was signed about a month ago and could be announced as soon as this week.
The move is seen as a bold move by SONY MUSIC's U.S. label group CEO ROB STRINGER. Bringing in RUBIN isn't expected to affect the BMG side of the joint venture since, as one source said, "there isn't a creative position that crosses the whole company." What's more, CLIVE DAVIS, Chairman/CEO of BMG in the U.S., "might bridle at such a move."