It's Official: Rick Rubin Joins Columbia
May 14, 2007 at 11:02 AM (PT)
As first speculated in FEBRUARY (NET NEWS 2/5), GRAMMY Award-winning producer RICK RUBIN has joined COLUMBIA RECORDS to form what the label calls "a dynamic and creative executive partnership" with COLUMBIA Chairman STEVE BARNETT. The new partnership, devised with SONY MUSIC LABEL GROUP Chairman ROB STRINGER, will enable COLUMBIA "to be at the forefront of artist development while building a new business model," the company says. The deal calls for RUBIN to bring his AMERICAN RECORDINGS imprint and catalog to the company.
"RICK is a fantastic producer and tremendous with artists and has total respect within the industry as an honest man and a creative genius," BARNETT commented. "It is a great opportunity for me to have RICK as true creative partner."
STRINGER said, "With STEVE and RICK running COLUMBIA together, they possess every skill necessary to make the label an exciting and powerful musical force in this new era."
And RUBIN said, "Having the opportunity to work with STEVE and ROB to help create what we hope will be the new model for the music business of the future is going to be a fun and exciting adventure. You have to give them a lot of credit for having the vision to enlist a music maker instead of a more traditional choice."
In addition to producing albums for SONY BMG, RUBIN will continue his producing activities for artists at other major labels. In this capacity he will continue to produce artists signed to WARNER BROS.