Sony Music has launched Epic Records France and has hired Pauline Duarte to head up the new label, effective today (July 1).
The news was announced by Daniel Lieberberg, President Continental Europe and Africa, in an internal memo sent to Sony Music staff today, and obtained by MBW.
In the memo, Lieberberg describes Duarte as “one of the most prolific music executives in the market”.
Duarte will report to Emmanuel Perrot, who Lieberberg also announced has been promoted to General Manager RCA Label Group France.
Perrot’s expanded remit includes responsibility for a group of labels including RCA, Epic and SMART.
Duarte most recently served as Label Director for Def Jam Recordings France, working with some of the market’s top rap artists, such as Koba LaD, Alonzo and SCH.
Her arrival also marks her return to Sony, having started her career at Sony Music France and spending nine years at Columbia in Paris until 2012.
“Epic France completes our label structure together with Columbia, RCA and Arista which fortunately all had their share of breakthrough artists this year.”
“Epic France completes our label structure together with Columbia, RCA and Arista which fortunately all had their share of breakthrough artists this year,” said Lieberberg.
“I am convinced that with the help of all of you we will continue to build our success story in France. Please welcome Pauline and Emmanuel in their new roles!”
“We are honored to join forces with RCA Group & Epic Records France to support our hip-hop and R&B roster in France.”
Sylvia Rhone, Epic Records
Sylvia Rhone, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, said: “We are honored to join forces with RCA Group & Epic Records France to support our hip-hop and R&B roster in France.
“Emmanuel Perrot exhibits such passion for these genres, understands them, and has assembled an incredible and effective team.
“He’s built the ultimate pathway to success in the country. We’re excited to kick off this partnership.”Music Business Worldwide