Solomon Sounds has been named Senior Vice President of A&R for Capitol Records, the flagship label of Capitol Music Group (CMG).
Sounds discovered and managed multi-platinum star XXXTentacion, among numerous other artists, singers, songwriters and producers.
The news was announced today (May 4) by Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Jeff Vaughn, to whom Sounds will report.
In his new position, Sounds who has experience as an artist manager and independent label owner, is tasked with signing and developing new artists for the company.
He will also oversee recording projects for new and established Capitol artists.
Sounds will be based in the company’s New York offices.
Sounds joins Capitol after 10 years as a manager of numerous artists, including rapper and songwriter XXXTentacion, who passed away in 2018.
In the years that Sounds managed the artist and through his management of the artist’s estate, XXXTentacion has amassed RIAA-certified sales of 61 million albums and singles in the United States alone.
Since the artist’s death, Sounds has released two posthumous XXXTentacion albums, Skins in 2018 and the No.1 album Bad Vibes Forever in 2019.
After a brief hiatus from the music business following XXXTentacion’s death and a joint venture with Republic Records in 2018, Sounds resumed managing artists and achieved multi-platinum success with rapper StaySolidRocky. He also secured deals for rappers ppcocaine, Cochise, 645Ar and BFB Da Packman.
Sounds began his career as an intern, working at several major record companies, including Columbia, RCA and Decca, as well as at Canada-based E1 Entertainment.
“Everyone at Capitol joins me in welcoming Solomon to the team.”
Jeff Vaughn, Capitol Music Group
Jeff Vaughn, Chairman & CEO of Capitol Music Group, said: “Solomon’s proven instinct for identifying impactful artists and his ability to nurture their creativity aligns perfectly with our mission at Capitol.
“His successes to date reflect our shared commitment to artists from all corners of the pop music landscape, which is more dynamic and diverse than ever. Everyone at Capitol joins me in welcoming Solomon to the team.”
“I’m truly excited to build upon the rich history of Capitol Records.”
Solomon Sounds added: “I’m truly excited to build upon the rich history of Capitol Records, and help usher in a new era filled with artists who are pushing the boundaries of creativity and new ways of accomplishing their dreams and goals.
“Jeff Vaughn is assembling a powerhouse team, and I’m grateful to him for believing in my talents and trusting me to help the label grow in the years to come.”
Sounds’ appointment follows the appointment in December of Larry Mattera as General Manager of Capitol Records.Music Business Worldwide