The music industry is on the move: Alejandro Duque appointed president of Warner Latin

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Alexandre duque was appointed president of Warner Music Latin America, joining the company in August and assuming his new role in early October, succeeding Iñigo Zabala, who was previously reported to be stepping down as President of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula after working for Warner Music for over 30 years. Zabala will continue to work with Warner Music as an advisor.

Duque joins Warner Music from Universal Music, where he began his professional career in 2005 and most recently served as Managing Director of Universal Music Latin. He will be based in Miami and will report to Simon Robson, President, International, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group. Guillermo Gonzalez, President of Warner Music Iberia, will report directly to Simon Robson following Zabala’s resignation.

Duque said, “The incredible music from Latin America continues to capture the imaginations of fans around the world. I want to do more to support the talents of our region and help our artists claim their rightful place on the world stage. “

Robson added, “I am looking forward to welcoming Alejandro to Warner Music. He has extensive experience working in the region and has contributed to the digital transformation of our industry. Alejandro also has a fantastic reputation as an innovative leader who always puts the needs of his artists first.

“I also want to thank Iñigo for all his services over the years. He’s an incredible setting that has had a huge impact both on our business and the entire Latam music industry, and he’s signed and developed some of the greatest and most important Latin artists of all. time. I am delighted that he continues to work closely with us.

+ Just a day after the Foo Fighters announced the return of concerts at Madison Square Garden, MSG Entertainment announced that Randy Fibiger has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Reservations and Josephine Vaccarello has been appointed Senior Vice President, MSG Live & Business Operations. According to the announcement, these newly created roles “will ensure that all bookings for live shows are streamlined” across MSG Entertainment’s portfolio of sites: Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Beacon Theater and the Chicago Theater. . Fibiger and Vaccarello will continue to report to Darren Pfeffer, Executive Vice President, Live, MSG Entertainment.

Fibiger will oversee all concert bookings in MSG Entertainment’s venue portfolio and for Boston Calling. He will book Madison Square Garden directly, while overseeing the reservations team focused on building relationships with artists, managers, agents and promoters. Vaccarello will now oversee the company’s strategy and business operations; ive, while continuing to be responsible for family entertainment and the performing arts, site tours and special events.

“By elevating and expanding these two key roles within Live, we are ensuring that we can serve the industry and our fans in the best possible way,” said Pfeffer. “Josephine and Randy are essential to our live entertainment business. Their industry connections and expertise in all areas make them an integral part of directing our business operations and booking groups, respectively, ensuring that MSG Entertainment continues to raise the bar in creating exceptional moments for artists and fans.

+ QC Sports – an affiliate of the powerhouse that also includes Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Baby’s home label Quality Control Music, announced the addition of an NFL industry veteran Brad Cicala as Managing Partner of their new football division. QC acquired Terra Firma Sports Management from Cicala as part of the agreement. Cicala adds a career of nearly 20 years of NFL experience to the QC Sports business. He brings with him a list of clients for representation on and off the pitch that includes Pierre Garcon, Diontae Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Malcolm Smith and John Ross III, among others.

Cicala said: “What excited me about working with QC is the synergy in doing business on a par with Fortune 500 companies while adhering to a family structure. Our goals have aligned over the past decade with both parties helping young black men and women transcend entertainment and sport into business, technology, gaming and ultimately a path to real property with a spirit of love. ‘business.

QC CEO Pierre “P” Thomas said: “We are delighted to have Brad on board because we are here to build a global sports business and he is a proven veteran with experience and a rich history of negotiating strong contracts for his clients He believes in hard work, family and growth beyond all limits, principles on which we have built QC.

+ The Registration Academy and Ebony announced a partnership to commemorate Black Music Month. In addition to the partnership, a six-part podcast series, “Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast ”, hosted by two Grammy Award nominees MC Lyte, premieres Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, and follows every Thursday for six weeks. The series will feature various members of the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective. Confirmed participants and BMC members include the four-time GRAMMY Award winner Yolande Adams, General Counsel and EVP of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group Jeff harleston, four times winner of a GRAMMY HER, five-time GRAMMY winners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Former President and CEO, BET Networks Debra lee, and winner of the GRAMMY Award Ledisi.

+ Joss Stone signed with ICM partners for global representation. The signing expands the British singer and songwriter’s relationship with the agency, whose concerts division previously represented her only in North and South America. Stone recently released her first solo single in three years, “Walk With Me,” due to release her eighth studio album this fall, produced by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, and she is also making the jump to the big screen with her debut voice. role. Stone stars alongside Edward Norton in the animated film “Paper Birds Pt. 2.”

+ Michelle Edgar joined LiveXLive Media as head of strategic partnerships where she will work on artist and label relations in addition to liaising with consumer brands and creating partnership opportunities. LiveXLive is a global platform for live streaming and on-demand audio, video and podcast / vodcast content in the fields of music, comedy and pop culture. He owns PodcastOne and Slacker Radio, among other properties.

Mentionned Robert ellin, President and CEO of LiveXLive: “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to LiveXLive. Her experiences and relationships run deep with talent and brands, which has earned her the reputation of being one of the most innovative and creative negotiators. In addition to her accomplishments in brand marketing and partnerships, Michelle has experience and passion for leading social change programs, focused on leadership and women’s education. Michelle, with her professional and personal passions, will be a great addition to our management team.

Edgar, who previously worked at Epic Records, ICM Partners and Warner Bros., is the founder and CEO of The XX Project, which aims to cultivate personal and professional growth to empower women in business, and has organized and produced more of 200 events over the past 10 years.

+ Elsewhere in the LiveXLive news, Matt Pinfield will host the Weekly Rock Countdown with Matt Pinfield, starting today. The show counts the 40 best rock songs from the LiveXLive service based on user engagement metrics such as plays, “hearts”, “skips”, “shares” and “bans”.

Said Pinfield: “I have had great experiences hosting several streaming events with my good friends at LiveXLive over the past three years. My ultimate crush, when I ziplined a crowd of 150,000 music fans while organizing seven consecutive nights of concerts for the international broadcast of the Rock in Rio festival! I’m excited to relaunch the new LiveXLive Weekly Rock Countdown.

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