Music Industry News Network [12-09-2009]

Warner/Chappell Music Strengthens Urban A&R Team


Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., and one of the world's largest music publishers, announced that it has strengthened its Urban A&R team with the appointments of Juan Madrid, Vice President, Urban A&R, and Ryan Press, Senior Director, Urban A&R. Effectively immediately, Madrid will be based in Los Angeles and report to Scott Francis, President, Warner/Chappell Music, and Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S. Press, who is based in New York, will report to Jason Boyarski, Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Company's New York office. Francis will oversee the Urban A&R team with Boyarski's support.

Both Madrid and Press will develop and further bolster Warner/Chappell's roster of Urban songwriters by signing emerging and established songwriters, working to acquire songwriter catalogs as well as marketing and promoting current and future Warner/Chappell songs and songwriters to recording artists throughout the industry. They will work closely with Greg Sowders, Senior Vice President and Head of A&R for Warner/Chappell Music, and his team as well as coordinate with the Company's synch and licensing departments to create writer collaborations and secure song placements on album projects, as well as for film, TV, videogames and other media platforms.

In making the announcement, Francis said, "It's a tremendous coup having Juan and Ryan join us at Warner/Chappell. They are hardworking, experienced team players with a great passion for songs and songwriters. I worked with Juan during the early days of his career at BMG and am proud of how his drive and passion have made him a leading Urban A&R executive with a special ability to find great songwriter artists and producers. Complementing Juan will be talented, go-getter Ryan, whose ear for great songs and dedication to songwriters will strengthen Warner/Chappell as a leader in song placement and writer development."

Francis continued, "I'd also like to commend Jason Boyarski for the outstanding job he has done during the past year, and continues to do as an important part of Warner/Chappell's success in the Urban music business. I'm confident that with Juan's and Ryan's combined knowledge of the music industry, close relationships and experience with A&R, artist management and music publishing, we will successfully further our strategy of cross-genre collaboration."

Prior to joining Warner/Chappell, Madrid served as Vice President of Urban A&R at Sony/ATV Music Publishing from 2004 to 2009. In this role, as well as in previous positions with the company including Director of Urban A&R and Senior Director of Urban A&R, Madrid helped discover and cultivate the development of a number of recording artists from early on in their careers, including Atlantic Records' Flo Rida, Rick Ross and Game; sought-after producers including DJ Montay, who produced Flo Rida's, "Low;" Giorgio Tuinfort, who produced Gwen Stefani's "Sweet Escape;" as well as songwriter Rob Allen, co-writer of two worldwide No. 1 singles, "Disturbia" (recorded by Rihanna) and "Forever" (recorded by Chris Brown).

In 2004, Madrid worked as Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for BMI where he was responsible for signing new members as well as working with the organization's impressive roster of Los Angeles-based songwriters, producers and artists.

Madrid began his career in the music industry as an Assistant in the Urban A&R department at BMG Music Publishing from 2001 to 2004. Madrid received his B.A. in Communications from Monmouth University.

Previously, Press founded Press Conference Management in 2004, an artist, songwriter and producer management firm with a number of successful clients including songwriter Frankie Storm, who penned Rihanna's worldwide hit "Please Don't Stop The Music" as well as songs recorded by Britney Spears, Ciara, Enrique Iglesias, Jay Sean and Jordin Sparks; producer Warren Felder, professionally known as "Oak," who has written songs for Warner Bros. Records' Ashley Tisdale, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, Toni Braxton, Chris Brown and Mario; Warner/Chappell's own Don Cannon whose songs have appeared on albums by Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Fabolous, Ludacris and Busta Rhymes; and recording artist Freeway, known for his hit songs "What We Do," "Roc the Mic" and "Flipside;" among others.

While running Press Conference Management, Press also held several additional posts including the position of creative consultant at Notting Hill Music Publishing where he was responsible for signing top-tier producers including The Runners, DJ Khaled, Tommy Gunz and Ron Browz, and securing various placements on records. In addition, he served in a co-management capacity at the J. Erving Group where he assisted in day-to-day management. The J. Erving Group was home to several recording artists including Mario, Marsha Ambrosius, Cassidy and Danity Kane.

Starting in 2001, Press was a manager and record producer at Day One Productions along side Chad "Wes" Hamilton, writing and producing tracks that were placed on records by recording artists including Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records and Warner/Chappell artists T.I. and Young Dro, Asylum Records' Cam'Ron and Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freeway, Mase, Young Gunz, Beanie Siegel and Twista.


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