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EMI Music appoints Dan McCarroll as President of Capitol & Virgin Label Group

Senior EMI Music Publishing A&R executive to head North American creative team

New York, NY, October 6 2010 – Dan McCarroll has been appointed President of Capitol & Virgin Label Group in North America, it was announced today by EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon.

Currently Executive Vice President of North American Creative at EMI Music Publishing, McCarroll will lead EMI Music’s artist discovery and development efforts in the United States. Based in EMI Music’s New York offices, he will report directly to Roger Faxon, and work in close partnership with EMI Music North America Chief Operating Officer Colin Finkelstein. McCarroll starts in his new role on October 12.

McCarroll will be specifically tasked with reinvigorating the company’s creative performance in the US, and shaping a creative team that will give momentum to EMI’s global rights management agenda, and its service commitment to artists.

In his nine years at EMI Music Publishing, Dan McCarroll has signed and worked with a series of successful artists and songwriters, including John Mellencamp, Cobra Starship, Travie McCoy, Toby Gad, Steve McEwan, David Hodges, Alter Bridge, Death Cab For Cutie, Butch Walker and Panic At The Disco.

Roger Faxon said: “Dan has an unswerving commitment to putting the artists and repertoire back into A&R. He has demonstrated a phenomenal ability to work in partnership with artistic talent in order to create positive outcomes for the people he represents. It is this passion and commitment that makes Dan stand out, and that will make him such a success in this new role.”

“Both Steven Melrose and Leonard Brooks will shortly be leaving their A&R roles with EMI Music. I would like to thank them for their work with the company over the past years, and wish them all the best with their future careers.”

Pat Monahan, lead singer of platinum-selling rock band Train, said: “When we first met him two years ago, Dan McCarroll was one of the few people that cared enough about Train to help us achieve what seemed to be impossible. We’re grateful for everything he has done for us, and for how great he is at what he does.”

Toby Gad, writer of hits including Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘If I Were A Boy’ by Beyoncé said: “Dan is one of the best music guys I have met in the entire industry, and it was because of him that I signed to EMI Music Publishing. This industry can run in two ways – driven by the love for music, or by abject fear of missing out on something. Both ways can work, but passion for music leads to the better and riskier records, and they’re the ones that ultimately make a difference. Dan is driven by music, and he helps create success as a result.”

Dan McCarroll joined EMI Music Publishing’s A&R team in Santa Monica in 2001, before moving to New York in 2007 to lead the company’s East Coast A&R operations.  McCarroll had previously run the A&R department for The Music Company, the Elektra imprint formed by Lars Ulrich. Prior to that, he spent many years as a touring and session drummer, working with Sheryl Crow, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn and Lloyd Cole among others.

EMI Music Publishing’s A&R operations will continue to be led by President of North American Creative, Jon Platt. EMI Music Publishing is the most successful publisher in the United States, and its writers including Beyoncé, Fergie, Jay-Z, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Pink and Kanye West have helped the company win Publisher of the Year prizes at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, BMI Urban Awards and the ASCAP Pop Awards in the last six months.

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  1. Dan is the best choice I can imagine for Capitol.
    He knows great music and will focus on creating the
    right product. Also he is personable and has
    obvious integrity. Best of Luck

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