Motown launches in the UK, Rob Pascoe named MD as Afryea Henry-Fontaine becomes Marketing Director

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Motown Data is launching within the UK at Common Music Group HQ.

The long-lasting label is being expanded out of its Los Angeles-based residence at Capitol Data Group, turning into a part of London-based EMI Data (previously Virgin EMI).

Rob Pascoe has been named Managing Director of Motown Data UK, with Afryea Henry-Fontaine stepping as much as turn into the label’s Advertising Director.

The duo are the primary appointments made by Rebecca Allen since she turned President of EMI Data final month.

Further hires will likely be made by Motown UK within the coming weeks. In a press launch, Common says that the label will turn into “EMI Data’ devoted residence for releases from Motown’s revitalised US operation alongside a brand new era of British Black music”.

Motown within the US has been led by the label’s President, Ethiopia Habtemariam, since 2014. Her main strikes within the position have included the placing of a partnership with Atlanta-based High quality Management Music (QC) in 2015.

Motown’s current successes within the US have included Lil Child, who has amassed practically 20bn international streams, offered over 10m track-equivalent albums over the previous 4 years, and whose My Flip album is the No.1 largest vendor of 2020 within the US.

Habtemariam and her workforce have labored intently with Pascoe and Henry-Fontaine on breaking Motown repertoire within the UK for the previous 9 years through Virgin EMI, together with the likes of Lil Yachty, Migos, Lil Child and Metropolis Ladies.

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“Having already labored extremely intently with the Motown workforce within the US, I’ve little question that their vitality and ambition will lead this label into a really thrilling new chapter in its historical past.”

Rebecca Allen, EMI Data

EMI President Rebecca Allen stated, “The music of Motown has lengthy influenced British tradition and continues to offer the final word artistic inspiration for generations of artists and followers.

“With the launch of Motown Data within the UK, with a devoted workforce and assets, we’re wanting ahead to bringing the music of this culture-defining label and its artists to the widest attainable audiences in addition to constructing an energising and galvanizing new roster on the label. Rob and Afryea are two of probably the most inspiring executives inside the music enterprise.

“Having already labored extremely intently with the Motown workforce within the US, I’ve little question that their vitality and ambition will lead this label into a really thrilling new chapter in its historical past.”

“The timing couldn’t be extra good for the launch of Motown Data UK, and I’m wanting ahead to working intently with Rebecca, Rob and Afryea as we signal and develop thrilling new British expertise, broaden our platform for Black entrepreneurship within the UK and information Motown in direction of even higher international success.”

Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown

Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam stated: “The previous 5 years have been a interval of large international progress for Motown, by means of artist improvement that’s central to our firm’s 60-year historical past and through entrepreneurial partnerships which have tremendously expanded our attain.

“The timing couldn’t be extra good for the launch of Motown Data UK, and I’m wanting ahead to working intently with Rebecca, Rob and Afryea as we signal and develop thrilling new British expertise, broaden our platform for Black entrepreneurship within the UK and information Motown in direction of even higher international success.”

The promotion of Pascoe, who will proceed in his wider ambassadorial position for EMI with a selected concentrate on supporting the label’s US repertoire, comes after 18 years with Common Music, the place he has labored with the likes of Rihanna, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and The Killers, for the previous two years as Normal Supervisor of Virgin EMI.

Afryea Henry-Fontaine’s promotion from Senior Advertising Supervisor to Advertising Director comes after eight years with the label, having risen shortly up the ranks after becoming a member of Common Music in 2012.

She has labored with Krept & Konan, Deadly Bizzle and MoStack to call just a few.

Within the US, Motown just lately entered into settlement with Corey Smyth (consultant of Vince Staples, Dave Chappelle), whose Blacksmith Recordings encompasses a various array of expertise.

Motown’s modern-day roster additionally contains London-based Tiana Main 9, whose new EP, At Sixes And Sevens, was just lately cited by NME as showcasing the artist’s “potential to affix the greats”.Music Enterprise Worldwide

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