Fox News: Sony To Find New Role For Rick Rubin?
December 17, 2008 at 9:04 AM (PT)
FOX NEWS reports that Sony Music may offer Rick Rubin a side label deal, and remove him from the main company. RUBIN produced a hit album for another label -- METALLICA, for ATLANTIC -- and several CDs that were interesting but failed to spark sales. RUBIN also moved SONY’s LOS ANGELES offices from modest digs in SANTA MONICA to the old CAA headquarters in BEVERLY HILLS. At a time when people are being laid off and music isn’t selling, this seemed imprudent.
If this new story is true, SONY MUSIC will be down to two chiefs: ROB STRINGER and STEVE BARNETT.
Last week, there were reports that RUBIN had been recording tracks with rival UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP’s U2 for their new album. Reportedly, U2 rejected the tracks.