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    Sony Nashville finds new CEO

    Sony Nashville Finally Finds a New CEO Sony Nashville Finally Finds a New CEO | Billboard


    After a months-long search, Randy Goodman, founder and former president of the defunct Lyric Street label, lands the job, according to sources.

    After months of speculation about what Sony Music's leadership would do about the empty top spot in their Nashville office, a new CEO has been appointed for Sony’s country and Christian division. Randy Goodman, founder and former president of the defunct Lyric Street label, will take over from outgoing Sony Nashville head Gary Overton in March of 2016, multiple sources say. The ink is not yet dry on the contract, but is expected to be within 24 hours.
    Another industry veteran who’d been rumored for the job, Ken Robold, is said to be coming in as Sony Nashville’s new general manager. Although Sony didn’t immediately confirm the reports, an announcement about Goodman’s and Robold’s respective appointments is believed to be imminent.
    The news comes as a relief to many on Music Row who’d spent the last three and a half months wondering how Sony Nashville could continue without someone in charge. As everyone in town seemed to know -- and the Wikileaks Sony documents dump confirmed -- Sony had wanted to hire manager Jason Owen for the top job last year, well before Overton's exit began to manifest. Having been turned down by Owen at the time, the company took another run at the Little Big Town/Shania Twain handler this spring, but he and Sony ultimately weren’t able to come to terms on a deal that would allow him to keep his management company, Sandbox Entertainment.
    Worries that Sony lacked a Plan B -- after Owen fell through a second time -- quickly became hopes among many in Music City, once word of Goodman’s and Robold’s arrival started getting around last week. Both execs have a long history with major labels in Nashville, and neither will be accused of being the flavor of the moment.
    "Randy Goodman and Ken Robold are two of the most artist-supportive, focused, and creative people in town,” said Nancy Russell, Alan Jackson’s manager. “That place has been like a lost ship on the sea without a captain for too long, so it’s comforting to know that what Joe Galante built during his many years at RCA and then Sony will be in capable hands again. It’s great news for the Nashville community."
    Goodman had been seen as Galante’s protégé at RCA Nashville in the ‘80s and ‘90s and a possible successor for the top job when he served as the label’s general manager. But he left to found Lyric Street in 1997, heading that company -- and finding considerable success with Rascal Flatts -- before Disney shuttered the imprint in 2010. Ironically, Disney closed the label and let Goodman go the same week that it was announced Galante would be handing the Sony Nashville baton to Overton. Although hopes for Overton’s reign ran high at the time, Sony’s market share dipped during his tenure, and Goodman’s supporters believe what’s happening now is what should have happened five years ago.
    Robold brings a wealth of experience from labels that were in competition with RCA and Sony, having enjoyed a 22-year run at Polygram/Universal that ended with him becoming that label group’s executive VP and general manager in Nashville. More recently Robold spent a year at the helm of Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Artists label.
    Whatever take the industry may have on Overton’s time at Sony, there’s agreement that Goodman will benefit by having not only been brought up under Galante’s wing but coming along late enough that he won’t be constantly compared to his former boss. “Gary was the proverbial ‘guy after the guy’,” said a former Sony Nashville VP, remarking on the shadow in which Overton had to work. “The plum gig is the guy after the guy after the guy, which is where the job sits now.”



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    Sounds like a fairly safe, "blah" choice. I can't image him revamping the label in any kind of significant way.
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    Well, that sounds great. Anybody influenced by Galante is going to be better than average.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txacar View Post
    Well, that sounds great. Anybody influenced by Galante is going to be better than average.
    That was my immediate thought anxious to hear everyone's opinion.

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    Hope this is a good thing for Carrie.

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    Why do you say that?

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    I was asking that of Ty.

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    Why the wait till Mar 2016 and who is running the show till then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hjj View Post
    Why the wait till Mar 2016 and who is running the show till then?
    I wondered the same thing! Do you think this is a type-o? Any protege of Joe Galante, who did wonders for Carrie, sounds like a good-thing for Carrie to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow1 View Post
    Why do you say that?
    I mean, his tenure at Lyric Street Records isn't exactly encouraging. The only act that ever really made it on that roster was Rascal Flatts. But, maybe he'll surprise me.

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    ^^^so that Overton can say he left on a high note by championing Carrie's CMA FVOTY win. (Rolls eyes)
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    I don't know anything about him but he sounds better than Overton. Lol

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    I don't see the March 2016 reference in the Billboard article anymore, so perhaps this was a type-o and has been fixed in an update. I would think this new management transition would happen a.s.a.p. I like how the article suggests that this will make competitors in Nashville nervous, as both of these execs are well-known players in the music business who will be eager to make their mark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrieroxmysox2011 View Post
    I don't know anything about him but he sounds better than Overton. Lol
    pretty much anyone is better then Overton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pi314CA View Post
    ^^^so that Overton can say he left on a high note by championing Carrie's CMA FVOTY win. (Rolls eyes)

    Lol when pigs fly. Lol
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    Being "under Galante wing" is good for Carrie. I do want him to support Carrie and Miranda. Just spread the love. Lol Hopefully he can fix the mess that Overton created. Bring him in ASAP. I hope he can help other country artists at the label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ty View Post
    I mean, his tenure at Lyric Street Records isn't exactly encouraging. The only act that ever really made it on that roster was Rascal Flatts. But, maybe he'll surprise me.
    Good point. But at least they are much more experienced than Overton was. All I ask is that they treat Carrie fairly and equal to Miranda. Overton was so clearly biased to push Miranda that almost any hack will do a better job.

    hopefully they will more professional and realize they are supposed to make a profit- not push their fav artist while sabotaging their cash cow ( Carrie).

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    I wonder if Sony sat down w/him and discussed all of Overton's mistakes. Hoping JG taught him how to do the right thing.

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    I'm sure they looked at the records of Goodman and Rebold and liked what they saw - I guess all the angst about the label the Carrie fans had in the last five years was warranted - as Alan Jacksons manager said "Sony Nashville was like a lost ship at sea without a captain" so sounds like others on the label were not happy - I'll be optimistic and hope things improve, especially now that Carrie's album is "soon " to be released - maybe it was a good thing it wasn't released last year.

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    I wonder though why the long waiting period before Goodman will take over as Sony CEO? Why March 2016? Previous commitments?


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