LONDON (Hypebot) – Richard Nash has been appointed Senior VP, Urban Promotion for EMI Music North America. Nash will be based in New York and report to Greg Thompson, EVP Promotion.
Nash comes to EMI from PlayTyme Entertainment, an independent label and promotion company that he established in 2004 which relaunched the career of Shanice Wilson. Prior to PlayTyme, Nash was…Senior Vice President of Promotion at Elektra Records from 1995-2004 reporting to Sylvia Rhone, who was then the label’s CEO, and working closely with Greg Thompson, who was EVP of Promotion and GM at Elektra. While there, Nash was an instrumental part in building careers for such artists as Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Keith Sweat and Gerald LeVert. Before that, he was Senior Vice President of Promotion and Marketing at Atlantic Records. At Atlantic he helped establish artists such as En Vogue, and Brandy; Brandy’s first two albums have together sold more than 6 million copies in the US, He began his career in 1980 as a local promotion representative for Atlantic in Cleveland.
“Richard is one of the most respected and proven executives in urban music today,” said Greg Thompson. “We are very excited to have him lend his leadership, creativity and relationships to EMI’s roster across North America.”
“I’m looking forward to joining EMI as the company redefines the role of a major label and works to deliver world class services to artists,” said Nash. “I’m all about building careers and I can’t wait to do that for EMI’s urban roster.”