Sony Music Entertainment has entered into a worldwide talent development partnership with music entrepreneur Chris Zarou, manager for Logic, Jon Bellion and others
Under the agreement they are launching Visionary Records, a new Sony Music imprint.
Zarou will serve as CEO of the New York-based label and Sony Music will distribute new Visionary signings.
Zarou is the CEO of independent artist management company Visionary Music Group, which he founded in 2010.
He works with Grammy-nominated artist Logic, who has amassed 4.5 million equivalent album units and sold over 650,000 concert tickets.
This includes two consecutive No.1 albums in 2016 and 2017, followed by national tours highlighted by sold out arena shows at Madison Square Garden and The Forum.
Zarou has also supported the development of Jon Bellion, who scored the three-times platinum hit All Time Low and has now played over 100 consecutive sold out shows.
Bellion also has contributed to a number of other artists’ hits including The Monster (Eminem and Rihanna) and Trumpets (Jason Derulo).
Zarou was recognized by Forbes Magazine as part of its 2017 30 Under 30 list.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Chris to identify and develop emerging artists through Visionary Records.”
Rob stringer, Sony Music
Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Chris to identify and develop emerging artists through Visionary Records.
“He is a highly driven and futuristic young career builder, and we look forward to an exciting relationship.”
“I look forward to the challenge ahead and building both career and global artists with Sony Music’s amazing teams.”
Chris Zarou added: “I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Rob Stringer has given me. I look forward to the challenge ahead and building both career and global artists with Sony Music’s amazing teams.
“Artist development will continue to be at the core of our business at Visionary Records, and we are thrilled to partner with artists who will push boundaries and shape the landscape of music for years to come.”
Stringer recently took the stage at the CES 2019 technology conference in Las Vegas to reveal that Sony Music will deliver new music experiences to fans via a 360 Reality Audio partnership.
Sony’s global recorded music revenues surpassed $2.87bn in the first nine months of 2018.Music Business Worldwide