(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Napster has appointed Michelle Santosuosso as VP of artist and label relations, a new position created to ensure the service "maintains its leadership position in music programming."
Santosuosso will be responsible for managing and developing Napster's label and artist relationships, overseeing NapsterLive, the service's exclusive in-house recording sessions, and creating new opportunities for artists with Napster. Santosuosso will report to Glenn Kaino, Napster's chief creative officer.
"Michelle has a stellar reputation in the music industry for creating unique programming featuring cutting-edge content and for her unique ability to always be a step ahead of industry trends," said Glenn Kaino, Napster's CCO. "We have no doubt Michelle will continue her record of success here at Napster and will help push the service even farther ahead of our competitors on the music programming front."
Santosuosso has more than 10 years of experience in the music industry. As VP of crossover music for J Records, she worked directly with Clive Davis and was involved in breaking Alicia Keys. She also spent two years as A&R director for RCA Records and served as crossover music editor for HITS Magazine. Most recently, Santosuosso has been working as program director at KHHT-Los Angeles and national director, rhythm music for Clear Channel. Her other radio station stints include positions at KMEL, KKBT and KZZP, where she worked with Darcy Fulmer, Napster's senior music consultant. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner.