Warner Music Group‘s UK-based Parlophone Records has made a number of key promotions and hires.
Jack Melhuish has been promoted to General Manager, reporting into its Co-Presidents Nick Burgess and Mark Mitchell.
Melhuish joined Parlophone as Director of Marketing, Partnerships and Strategy in 2018 Warner says he has played a vital role in the label’s success since then, leading campaigns for the likes of Ashnikko, Coldplay, David Guetta, Gabriels, Gorillaz, Kano, PinkPantheress and Sam Ryder.
In his new role, Melhuish will continue to oversee and strategize campaigns for Parlophone artists, while also taking on wider responsibilities within the label.
Parlophone also announced four key hires which to strengthen its A&R team. Arina Logacheva, Molly McNulty and Seb Smith have been appointed as Senior A&R Managers, while Jason Ngimbi has been brought in as a Junior A&R Manager.
Logacheva joins from Universal Music, where she was a Senior A&R Manager based in Germany working across Virgin Records, Polydor and Island Records, and had success with signings such as Medusa and Sophie and the Giants.
McNulty moves to Parlophone after seven years at Kobalt Music Publishing, where she was most recently a Senior A&R Manager, signing acts such as Cat Burns, Knucks and Sam Fender.
Smith joins Parlophone from Believe Music where he signed Knucks, Sainte and Nia Archives. Ngimbi joins as a Junior A&R manager from BMG.
Parlophone has also promoted Grace O’Neill and Sam Palm, to Head of Radio and Head of Insight, respectively.
O’Neill transferred to Parlophone from Warner Music Australia in 2019, where she was Head of Radio and has been a key figure in breaking acts such as Ashnikko, Diplo, PinkPantheress and Sam Ryder, amongst many others, at UK radio.
Parlophone says that Palm will now oversee the newly created Insight department, where he will supplement the work he’s been currently doing as the label’s Streaming Lead, by incorporating “more extensive audience data” to provide the label with what it says will be “increased expert analysis and value to artists’ campaigns”.
Both Grace O’Neill and Sam Palm will report to Jack Melhuish.
“Bringing in Arina, Molly, Seb and Jason re-affirms our belief that A&R is more vital than ever to Parlophone.”
Nick Burgess, Parlophone
Speaking on the appointments, Nick Burgess, said: “Bringing in Arina, Molly, Seb and Jason re-affirms our belief that A&R is more vital than ever to Parlophone.
“Each one of them is an inspiring A&R, with excellent taste and a depth of musical knowledge that will bring an abundance of diverse and vibrant energy to the label.
“They will be fundamental in helping us to continue our mission to be at the forefront of signing and breaking culturally exciting artists.”
“We’re delighted that Jack is taking on the new role of General Manager. Jack is one of the most dynamic and culturally insightful marketing executives in the industry today.”
Mark Mitchell said: “We’re delighted that Jack is taking on the new role of General Manager. Jack is one of the most dynamic and culturally insightful marketing executives in the industry today.
“His natural ability to understand artist positioning, narrative and the streaming ecosystem, make him an invaluable asset to our artists and the Parlophone label.
“With Jack’s increased responsibility over our artist campaigns, we look forward to continuing to break new acts and becoming an increasingly important music company and partner for our artists”
“It’s an honour to step up into this role and I’d like to thank Nick and Mitch for giving me this huge opportunity.”
Jack Melhuish added: “It’s an honour to step up into this role and I’d like to thank Nick and Mitch for giving me this huge opportunity.
“Parlophone is known for its unorthodox and boundary breaking artists and I want to continue delivering great results for them while contributing to the growth and success of our label.”Music Business Worldwide