Tom Corson Named President & Chief Operating Officer, RCA Music Group
New York, NY, August 8, 2011 - Peter Edge has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment.
In this role, Edge will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of the group and its labels, which is now comprised of RCA, Jive, J, and Arista, as well as their affiliate labels.
Formerly President, A&R, RCA Music Group, since 2007, Edge has been a leading A&R executive over the last 15 years. During his RMG tenure, which began with the inception of J Records, he has signed multi-platinum and platinum artists including Alicia Keys, Dido, Mario and Jamie Foxx among others. Edge has recently been working on developing the careers of hitmakers Pitbull and Mike Posner and critically-acclaimed artists on the verge Jazmine Sullivan and Marsha Ambrosius.
Edge began his respected A&R career working with some of the industry’s leading pioneers including Chrysalis Records founders Chris Wright and Doug D'Arcy, Warner Brothers Records’ Lenny Waronker, Mo Ostin, as well as former President of Black Music, Benny Medina, and later the legendary Arista and J Records founder Clive Davis.
In addition, Tom Corson has been named President & Chief Operating Officer, RCA Music Group. In this role, he will report to Edge and oversee promotion, marketing, publicity, digital, sales, international, video and operations for the label group.
Corson most recently held the position of Executive Vice President/General Manager, RCA Music Group, where he oversaw operations for RCA, J and Arista Records, and has been with the company since J’s inception in 2000. Corson has played a leading role in the successes of Kings of Leon, Rod Stewart, Ke$ha, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and Jennifer Hudson among others.
Morris stated, “Sony Music is well positioned for success with a deep lineup of many of the most accomplished creative and operational executives in the industry. The enhanced roles for Peter and Tom, who have long played integral roles in the achievements of the RCA labels, underscore that strength. They are the ideal pair to lead the Group’s continued development and success moving forward.”
Edge stated, “I want to thank Doug for giving me this tremendous opportunity. He is a music executive in a league of his own and working with him is such a thrill. I’m excited to helm RMG, a label group that is home to a stellar and incomparable artist roster. We have among us the most dedicated and passionate executives who take the challenges of our industry head on. Chief among them is Tom Corson who I have worked with closely for the past eleven years. Our goal is to take RMG to the next level of achievement, cementing it as the most formidable and successful artist-driven label group.”
Added Corson: “I’d like to thank Doug and Peter for providing me with this expanded responsibility at RMG. I’m delighted to continue working with Peter to ensure we provide our unrivaled artist roster with the very best support in cultivating and maximizing opportunities and building their brands. The RMG team consistently delivers for our artists year after year and we have retained the best people in the industry. We will continue to set the bar high in every aspect of our business.”
About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista Records, Battery Records, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.