NY Post: Clive Davis Flexing His Muscles
October 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM (PT)
CLIVE DAVIS is quietly reasserting his power at SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, writes PETER LAURIA in TODAY's NEW YORK POST. Many had assumed the 76-year-old legend was gently being shown the door after an executive suite shuffle in APRIL stripped him of his Chairman/CEO role at the BMG LABEL GROUP.
However, DAVIS has turned what was initially perceived as the token title of Chief Creative Officer into a hit-making and face-saving role for artist-development-deprived SONY MUSIC.
According to several sources inside SONY MUSIC, U.S. label group boss ROB STRINGER has asked DAVIS to talk with the heads of COLUMBIA RECORDS and EPIC RECORDS about working on projects for some of the artists on their labels.
Through a spokesman, COLUMBIA RECORDS Chairman STEVE BARNETT said, "We'd love to have the opportunity to work with CLIVE and are discussing various projects."