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Doherty returns with BPI FORMER SONY MUSIC BOSS REPLACES BODY’S OUTGOING CHAIRMAN TONY WADSWORTH
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He was the Sony Music UK boss who oversaw the emergence of Calvin Harris, Beyoncé, Kasabian and the Foo Fighters - and signed the major’s all-important deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. Now Ged Doherty is back at the top of the British music industry.
Doherty has been named the new chairman of the BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd, effective January 1, 2015. He takes over from another towering figure of the UK record business, former EMI chief Tony Wadsworth CBE, who officially steps down at the end of December.
Doherty exited Sony Music in summer 2011, three weeks after the appointment of Doug Morris as the major’s global kingpin.
Doherty went on to co-found Raindog Films Ltd, a British film production company, with Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth.
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[L-R]: Ged Doherty and Tony Wadsworth CBE
artist management in the 1980s, where his acts sold 20 million records. In 1992 he became head of international marketing at Epic Records in New York, where he was responsible for the marketing campaigns of superstar acts including Michael Jackson. In 1996, he was appointed MD of Columbia Records in London, then moved to the BMG label group in 1999 where he met
Cowell. An integral part of the merger of BMG and Sony Music in 2004, Doherty took over as Sony chairman in 2006. He was also chairman of the BRIT Awards from 2008 to 2010.
Discussing his new role, Doherty said: “I started out in music when I was 16 years old playing in bands in Manchester. A lot has happened since then and I hope some of what I’ve learnt along the way may be of some use in this role.
“I am honoured and humbled to be following on from Tony, who has been an incredible figurehead for the BPI.”
Wadsworth said: “It’s a pleasure to congratulate Ged on taking over the BPI chair in the New Year. I know he has all the attributes to do this job well, and I hope he enjoys his time as chairman as much as I have.
“I feel immensely privileged to have had the opportunity of chairing the organisation for the past seven years, and hope that my passionate belief in music, the industry and the value of record labels has helped to make a contribution to the future of our music business. Thanks to everyone I have worked with at the BPI. Special thanks go to my deputy chairman, Mike Batt and CEO Geoff Taylor – we have developed a close-knit and productive relationship and I have learnt a lot from both of them. I am not retiring, just recalibrating... and will continue to be involved in a variety of areas of our industry for as long as they will have me!”
Calvin Harris’s manager Mark Gillespie, CEO at Three Six Zero, said: “We worked incredibly closely with Ged when he ran Sony. His love of music and understanding of artists always sat at the core of our relationship together. It will be of huge benefit to the BPI.”
And One Direction’s manager Richard Griffiths, Modest! Management, said: “Ged is the perfect person to take over from Tony - his knowledge of how the business works spectrum of music will be invaluable.”
Paul Weller signs to Warner UK’s Parlophone
Paul Weller has signed to Warner Music’s Parlophone Records, and will release a new solo album next year.
The move brings to an end Weller’s 17-year relationship with Universal’s Island, which began with 1997’s Heavy Soul.
Parlophone is led by Miles Leonard (pictured, with Weller), who said: “Paul Weller is one of a few great British songwriters and artists that has always moved forward and never looked back. He has consistently delivered great music that feels important, has cultural relevance and has attitude and emotion in equal measures. Parlophone has history of working with such artists for many years so it’s only right that Paul finally joins us. It’s a very proud moment for the label and for me personally”.
Said Weller: “While growing up listening to The Beatles, I
dreamed one day of being signed to Parlophone Records. I’m now honoured to become part of the label with all its great history and a great roster of artists. It’s an iconic label and I’m looking forward to working on my new album campaign with Miles and his brilliantly creative team.”
After his seminal career with British bands The Jam and The Style Council, Weller began his solo career in 1991, signing to
Go! Discs. Since then, he has released 11 albums, winning four BRIT Awards - three for Best British Male Solo Artist (1995, 1996 and 2009) and the Outstanding Contribution To Music in 2006. In 2010, he won a Lifetime Achievement gong at the Ivor Novellos.
Parlophone’s current roster includes Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, David Guetta, Kylie Minogue and Iron Maiden.