LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – Briony Turner and Ed Howard have been promoted to Co-Presidents of Atlantic Records UK.
Turner came to Atlantic in 2009 from Global Talent Publishing, where she was instrumental in signing Ellie Goulding, Al Shux, LMFAO, and others. Since joining the label her signings have included Grammy-winning electronic pop collective, Clean Bandit, and Jess Glynne (record holder for the most No.1s by a British female solo artist ever).
Howard, who joined Atlantic imprint Asylum Records UK in 2007 from Sony/ATV and is currently acting MD, has been instrumental in the development of artists such as Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Charli XCX, and Anne-Marie.
Together, the duo will be responsible for the full Atlantic Records UK roster, which includes Cardi B, Anne-Marie, Bruno Mars, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit, Paolo Nutini, Rita Ora, Rudimental and Stormzy.
Tony Harlow, incoming Chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK, said: “From its inception in the States over seven decades ago, to the creation of the first stand-alone Atlantic Records UK company in 2004, the label has been guided by A&R-driven, independent-spirited leaders. Briony and Ed are carrying on that tradition with enormous success, time and time again showing that they can spot truly original talent and develop global superstars. Their artists break the mould, transcend boundaries, and drive the conversation. They are brilliantly suited to take this culture-shifting label into the future.”
Howard added: “Since relaunching Asylum 12 years ago, our aim has been to match the creativity, passion and drive of the unique artists with whom we’re privileged to work. We’ve sparked collaboration and opportunity across our creative community, with an ambition to move the world. That philosophy extends to the entire Atlantic roster, team and culture. And, I know it will form the foundation of my partnership with Briony. I’m so proud to begin this chapter with her, Tony, and the incredible Atlantic team, as we nurture generation-defining talent from the UK and across the globe.”
Turner said: “Atlantic has been my home for ten years this month, and I couldn’t be more excited to be embarking on this next phase with Ed and the team. Giving artists the care, guidance and support they need to create their best music is what we strive to do every day at Atlantic UK. This artist-first philosophy is at the heart of what Ed and I believe in, and I know that together, we’ll keep pushing Atlantic forward, breaking new ground as we go. I’d like to thank our outstanding Atlantic team for their continued support, and join Ed in welcoming Tony into the Warner Music UK family.”
The duo will jointly succeed Ben Cook effective January 1, 2020.