Jacob Fain promoted to EVP/Head of A&R at Elektra Entertainment

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Elektra Entertainment has promoted Jacob Fain to Executive Vice President and Head of A&R, two and a half years since he joined the record label owned by Warner Music Group.

Fain previously served as Elektra’s Senior Vice President, A&R and Head of Research & Analytics. He joined the company in late 2020 after spending 13 years at Sony/ATV Music Publishing where he was SVP, A&R and Research/Analytics.

He brings nearly two decades of A&R experience to his elevated position. At Sony Music Publishing, Fain signed Grammy-winning artists such as The Chainsmokers and Leon Bridges, alongside talent like Of Monsters and Men, Russ, Powfu, Princess Nokia, and Chase Rice. 

Fain also held key roles in A&R at Republic Records and marketing at RCA Records.

At Elektra, Fain signed country star Bailey Zimmerman and assisted Australian artist Masked Wolf in making his breakout single Astronaut In The Ocean into a global hit.  

He will remain based in Los Angeles reporting to Elektra President, Gregg Nadel.

“Jake is a standout A&R with incredible, creative instincts shaped by years of experience. He has an innate ability to form genuine, meaningful relationships and has helped our artists at every stage of their careers articulate their vision and surpass their potential. I’m thrilled for him to take on this much-deserved new post,” said Nadel.

Commenting on his promotion, Fain said: “Elektra is building a cutting-edge, forward-thinking record company focused on music that moves culture and developing best-in-class talent. I’m so proud of the work we have done to serve our artists in an evolving landscape, and to be part of such an incredible team. I’m grateful to Gregg and my Elektra family for this opportunity.”

In 2017, Fain was named on Billboard’s 40 Under 40 list, and on the magazine’s inaugural Pride List of industry-shaping LGBTQ executives in 2019.

Fain’s appointment follows a string of promotions at Elektra this year including that of Chris Brown to EVP, Katie Robinson to Head of Marketing and Johnny Minardi to Fueled by Ramen, a label distributed by Elektra, in May.

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