Andre Harrell named president & CEO of Motown Records.NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 2, 1995--Andre Harrell has been appointed president and chief executive officer, Motown Records
Harrell will report to Levy in his role as CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of PolyGram U.S.
Harrell succeeds Jheryl Busby, former president and chief executive officer of Motown since 1988. Clarence Avant Clarence Avant is a music executive who is widely renowned for his sincere dedication to pioneering opportunities within the recording industry. During his 40 year career, Avant has represented the likes of blues artist Little Willie John, rock and roll pioneer Tom Wilson, and jazz will continue in his invaluable role as chairman of Motown.
In his new post, Harrell, 35, will over see all aspects of Motown's music operations, including A&R and creative artist development, sales and promotion, marketing, and publishing for the company's Motown, MoJazz, Tabu, Mad Sounds, and Biv Ten labels. Harrell will also be in command of Motown's other business interests including television, film and video production, animation and multimedia.
Levy said, "Andre is a very talented and driven executive whose hands are on the pulse of today's African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. artistry. He has all the skills and intellect to lead Motown into the next millennium. I'm sure that under Andre's leadership, Motown's music will cross all borders around the globe, just as it has over the past 30 years. I'd like to thank Jheryl Busby for his many contributions to the label. He's a wonderful human being and I'll look forward to working with him on a variety of projects in the future."
"Andre by far is one of the most exciting young executives in the music business. The proof was his ability to make Uptown Entertainment a factor in the music industry, with the successes of Soul for Real, Teddy Riley Teddy Riley is the name of more than one person of note.
Said Jheryl Busby, "One of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been my ability to identify and develop talented individuals whose careers have blossomed in the music industry. With great pride, I pass the realm to Andre Harrell Andre Harrell (b. September 26 1960 in Harlem, New York) is an American entrepreneur and founder of the now defunct record label, Uptown Records. Harrell also served as CEO of Motown Records. He was also half of the hip hop duo Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde. . Nine short years ago, I gave him his first opportunity with Uptown Records. Andre has all the skills, instinct and creativity to guide Motown into Chapter 3. I offer him my continued support and help."
Said Harrell, "Motown is the most famous music company of all time and I am honored to be a part of the music industry's rare cultural treasure and of the Motown legacy that Berry Gordy, Jr. established. I look forward to continuing in the Motown style of developing entertainment that captures a contemporary urban lifestyle, to re-establishing some of the great Motown traditions like soul music and black glamour and to further defining Motown as one of the premier entertainment companies of the '90's. I greatly appreciate MCA's cooperation in allowing me to fulfill a lifetime dream of running Motown. While it's difficult to leave Uptown, I am excited about the prospects of my new position at Motown and I leave knowing Uptown is in excellent hands at MCA MCA
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Prior to joining Motown, Harrell served as president and chief executive officer of New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. based Uptown Entertainment, a company he founded in 1986. Over the past 10 years, he has established himself as one of the most successful African American businessmen in the entertainment industry with an unparalleled ability to find and develop new musical talent and nurture young African American music African American music (also called black music, formerly known as race music) is an umbrella term given to a range of music and musical genres emerging from or influenced by the culture of African Americans, who have long constituted a large ethnic minority of the executives of tomorrow.
Harrell is well known for his ability to spot new musical trends. He is largely responsible for introducing the "new jack swing" sound of the late '80's and early '90's, a style of music combining hip-hop with rhythm and blues rhythm and blues (R&B)
Any of several closely related musical styles developed by African American artists. The various styles were based on a mingling of European influences with jazz rhythms and tonal inflections, particularly syncopation and the flatted blues chords. , as well as the current hybrid of soul music called "hip-hop soul," which employs elements of traditional R&B and the harder beats that drive rap music. Harrell launched the careers of multi-platinum, trendsetting artists such as Al B. Sure!, Heavy D. & the Boyz, Guy, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige and Soul for Real. He has also nurtured rising young production talent like Teddy Riley, Al B. Sure!, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Eddie F., Poke of TrakMasterz Productions, Inc. and Heavy D. To date, Uptown Entertainment boasts sales of over a half-dozen multi-platinum albums, numerous gold records, and a worldwide total sales figure of over 13 million records.
Citing Harrell's vision, MCA, in 1992, signed him to an all encompassing multimedia deal to find, sign and develop black talent for recording, motion pictures and television projects. On the motion picture side, Harrell served as producer and music supervisor for "Strictly Business," a movie that helped launch the career of Halle Berry ("Bommerang," "The Flintstones").
Harrell is also responsible for creating the critically acclaimed "New York Undercover New York Undercover is a one-hour police drama that ran on the Fox Broadcasting Company network from 1994 to 1998. The program was popular among its hip-hop orientated target audience, starred Malik Yoba as Det. J.C. Williams and Michael DeLorenzo as Det. " television series. Serving as co-executive producer, the hour-long weekly drama series, airing on the FOX network, is about a pair of ethnic undercover cops, played by Malik Yoba and Michael De Lorenzo.
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New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of native, Harrell began his career in the entertainment industry as an artist, at the age of 15. In 1977, he partnered with a high school friend, Alonzo Brown, to form the successful rap duo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The twosome made their mark with such hits as "Genius Rap," "Fast Life," and "AM/FM AM/FM Amplitude Modulation / Frequency Modulation
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In high school in the late 1970s, he met Special K and DJ Easy Lee. and Bobby Womack.
Despite his success as a rapper, Harrell continued to pursue his education and majored in communications and business management at Lehman College. He dropped out after three years to take a full-time job selling airtime on WINS radio in New York City, but continued to rap on weekends. In 1983, Harrell joined Russell Simmons' Rush Communications as vice president and general manager. During his two years at Rush, Harrell played an integral role in launching the careers of RUN-DMC, LL Cool J and Whoodini. In 1986, MCA Records offered Harrell his own record label and Uptown was born.
Much of Harrell's success in discovering and cultivating new talent is a result of his never losing sights of his inner city roots. Throughout his career, he has continued to actively foster the careers of young, aspiring music executives, many of whom are at the top of the R&B and hip-hop field. Sean "Puffy" Combs, CEO and President of Bad Boy Entertainment, Eddie F., VP of A&R at LaFace Records, and Heavy D., A&R for Uptown Records all cite Harrell as their mentor.
Harrell, seen in his community as a social leader, is passionately involved in political and charitable causes. He spearheaded, along with Jodeci and LifeBeat: The Music Industry Fights AIDS, a PSA (Professional Services Automation) An information system designed to organize, track and manage all opportunities, work, resources, costs, revenues and invoices to improve the productivity and efficiency of the workforce. AIDS awareness campaign called UrbanAid For LifeBeat, targeting the young, hip-hop community and culminating in a marathon concert at Madison Square Garden
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Today its roster boasts over 30 artists, including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, as well as successful newer acts, such as Boyz II Men Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988 as a quintet which originally included Marc Nelson, Boyz II Men found fame as a quartet, with members Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris, on Motown , Johnny Gill, Shanice, Zhane and Queen Latifah. Boyz II Men's second album was sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
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