The Search Is On For A Google Music Chief
August 27, 2010 at 4:22 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has reported that GOOGLE has plans to launch a music service, with the most recent movement in late JULY (NET NEWS 7/26) when ANDROID whiz, VP ANDY RUBIN, was said to be having accelerated talks with a music-industry group publishing firm in hopes of gaining digital publishing rights to as many songs as possible to enable the launch of a GOOGLE Music store. RUBIN also had conversations with the HARRY FOX AGENCY, which indicated GOOGLE is ready to go "to the next level."
Now, CNET reports GOOGLE is on the hunt for someone to lead the music venture.
Citing industry sources, CNET writes, "the blog ALL THINGS DIGITAL reported that GOOGLE has spoken to several digital-media executives about the job, but hasn't hired anyone yet. Those same sources now say that the launch of any GOOGLE music store may be pushed back to the first quarter of 2011."
CNET has a few names that could be on a short list, including HEARST ENTERTAINMENT & SYNDICATION VP GEORGE KLIAVKOFF, the force behind HULU; and LALA.COM Founder BILLY ALVARADO. Former AOL content head BILL WILSON has also been mentioned as a front runner
Another name to be considered may be CLEAR CHANNEL EVP/Online Music-Radio EVAN HARRISON, who is exiting the company at the end of this year (NET NEWS 8/25). When asked by ALL ACCESS about that possibility, HARRISON wouldn't comment.