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BMG today announces that Jamie Nelson (VP A&R) and Gemma Reilly (VP Marketing UK) are to jointly steer BMG's frontline recordings business reporting to President, Repertoire & Marketing UK Alistair Norbury.

Together Nelson and Reilly have been pivotal in delivering consecutive Number One albums for Kylie, the first Number One album for Jack Savoretti, a Top 10 single for KSI, a Top Five album for Richard Hawley and the crossover successes of both Luke Evans and Aled Jones & Russell Watson.

Following a 2019 in which the company again strongly outperformed the UK market, BMG's 2020 schedule includes major releases from The Shires, Amy MacDonald and Groove Armada. 

According to the Official Charts Company, BMG in the UK increased its album sales by 11.9% against a market decline of 0.4% in 2019. In streaming it increased volume by 24.4% against a market increase of 15.3%.

"We are now the most successful UK record company outside of the three traditional majors," said Norbury. "A&R and marketing are the foundations upon which we consistently deliver for artists and outperform industry trends by maintaining robust physical sales while hitting new heights in streaming."

Gemma Reilly has enjoyed a string of successes at BMG with artists including Jack Savoretti, Rick Astley and Texas, and has previously been named to the Women In Music Roll Of Honour and Management Today's "35 under 35" list. Jamie Nelson joined BMG in 2015, having worked with artists including Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, and Eliza Doolittle. His work with Kylie on her 2018 BMG album Golden helped return her to the top of the charts in four countries including the UK.

As part of the new structure, Korda Marshall has extended his deal with BMG after five successful years since the sale of his Infectious Music label to the company. He will continue to A&R artists such as The DMA'S, alt-J, RY X, Richard Ashcroft and Morrissey as well as a string of recent new signings to be announced shortly.

Said Norbury, "Korda is a byword for good taste and achievement in A&R, and has justly been named an 'A&R Icon'. We are delighted that five years after the acquisition of Infectious that he has agreed to extend his successful collaboration with BMG. We are privileged to have Gemma and Jamie at the helm whilst retaining the invaluable counsel of Korda Marshall."

08 Feb 2023 | Press release

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08 Feb 2023 | Press release

Sound Credit, Soundways, and PPL: A Powerhouse Partnership for Neighbouring Rights Collections in North America

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08 Feb 2023 | Press release

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08 Feb 2023 | Press release

Hipgnosis Song Management acquires song catalogue of 2023 Grammy songwriter of the year Tobias Jesso Jr

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07 Feb 2023 | Press release

Utopia Music divests ROSTR in a strategic refocus on financial services for the music industry

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07 Feb 2023 | Press release

Doc McGhee to be interviewed by Ed Bicknell at ILMC 35

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07 Feb 2023 | Press release

Sentric signs Mason to exclusive admin deal

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07 Feb 2023 | Press release

Warner Music Central Europe and Stefan Dabruck Management expand their successful partnership

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07 Feb 2023 | Press release

Bose x NME announce C23 mixtape and SXSW showcase

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07 Feb 2023 | Press release

Ariel Bardin named President of Technology, Warner Music Group

  Warner Music Group (Nasdaq: WMG) announced today that Ariel Bardin has joined the company in the newly created post of President of Technology. As a key member of WMG's Executive Leadership Team, Bardin will oversee the company's technology and data teams...more

07 Feb 2023 | Press release

The BRIT Awards 2023 with Mastercard sets sights on record social engagement for its first Saturday night show

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06 Feb 2023 | Press release

Beyond The Music, a new global music conference and festival, announces its first edition to take place in Manchester, UK, running 11-14 October 2023.

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06 Feb 2023 | Press release

Record Store Day UK announce The 1975 are this year's official ambassadors

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06 Feb 2023 | Press release

Line-ups and venues revealed for first ever ILMC showcase, London Calling

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05 Feb 2023 | Press release

The BPI unveils plans for a new specialist creative school to widen the talent pipeline and expand opportunity across the UK

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05 Feb 2023 | Press release

MPs to hear from organisations supporting women in music

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05 Feb 2023 | Press release

Universal Music Group expands partnership with Reverb during music's biggest weekend to raise the bar for environmental sustainability for music events

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02 Feb 2023 | Press release

Universal Music Group's Sir Lucian Grainge tops Billboard's 2023 Power List

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02 Feb 2023 | Press release

UK Music welcomes breakthrough in campaign to halt government plans for music laundering

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02 Feb 2023 | Press release

Capitol Music Group premieres slate of forthcoming music and projects at company-wide Town Hall attended by artists, staff and global affiliates

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02 Feb 2023 | Press release

Global soars!

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02 Feb 2023 | Press release

Commercial radio records strong audience growth

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02 Feb 2023 | Press release

90+ Artists Added To The Great Escape Festival 2023 Line-up

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02 Feb 2023 | Press release

WMA announce the appointment of Martin Kandja Kabamba as Director of Social & Digital Marketing and Charlie Pollard, Director of Social as joint heads of WMA’s UK & Europe Social & Digital Marketing team

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01 Feb 2023 | Press release

LD Communications appointed as global PR agency for the Ivors

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01 Feb 2023 | Press release

AIF hits 100-member milestone

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01 Feb 2023 | Press release

UK’s most streamed song – the 4th most streamed song in history – acquired by Hipgnosis as part of TMS song catalogue

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01 Feb 2023 | Press release

Bauer Media Audio UK’s Dee Ford Set to Step Back from her Role as Group Managing Director

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01 Feb 2023 | Press release

Liverpool Sound City 2023

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31 Jan 2023 | Press release

Tim Clark announces his retirement from ie:music

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08 Feb 2023

07 Feb 2023

  • The problem with 'fixing' streaming (see Comment)

  • More signings fail to produce more stars (see Comment)

06 Feb 2023

  • Are the BRIT awards still hitting the wrong notes? (see Opinion)

  • Grammy Awards: Beyoncé makes history and Harry Styles wins album of the year (see News)

03 Feb 2023

  • TikTok is testing limits on using songs in its app in Australia (see Digital)

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    02 Feb 2023

    • Rajar Q4 2022 results (see Media)

    • Could AI generate music’s Instagram moment? (see Comment)

    01 Feb 2023

    • Have we reached 'peak vinyl'? (see Opinion)

    • UMG and Tidal partner to develop more artist- and fan-friendly streaming model (see News)

    31 Jan 2023

    • Do box sets matter in the Spotify era? (see Features)

    • Patti Smith remembers her friend Tom Verlaine (See Features)

    30 Jan 2023

    • Spotify’s future isn’t exclusive podcasts. It’s advertising. (see Opinion)

    • Are bands dead? How solo stars took over the charts (see Features)

    27 Jan 2023

    • Why streaming algorithms keep getting better (see Features)