Solomon Sounds has been named senior vice president of A&R for Capitol Records, the flagship of the Capitol Music Group (CMG).
Sounds discovers and manages multi-platinum star XXXTentacion, along with numerous other artists, singers, songwriters and producers.
The news was announced today (May 4th) by Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman and 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 comes to Capitol after 10 years managing numerous artists, including rapper and songwriter XXXTentacion, who passed away in 2018.
In the years Sounds led the artist and through his administration of the artist’s estate, XXXTentacion has 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 the death of XXXTentacion and a joint venture with Republic Records in 2018, Sounds resumed directing artists and achieved multi-platinum success with rapper StaySolidRocky. He has also secured offers for rappers ppcocaine, Cochise, 645Ar and BFB Da Packman.
Sounds began his career as an intern with several major record labels including Columbia, RCA and Decca, as well as E1 Entertainment in Canada.
“Everyone at the Capitol welcomes Solomon to the team with me.”
Jeff Vaughn, Capitol Music Group
Jeff Vaughn, Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group, said, “Solomon’s proven instinct for identifying high-impact artists and his ability to nurture their creativity fit 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 before. Everyone in the Capitol welcomes Solomon to the team with me. “
“I am very much looking forward to building on the rich history of Capitol Records.”
Adds Solomon Sounds, “I am very excited to build on the rich history of Capitol Records and usher in a new era shaped by artists pushing the boundaries of creativity and finding new ways to achieve their dreams and goals.
“Jeff Vaughn is putting together a strong team and I am grateful to him that he believes in my talents and trusts me to help the label grow in the years to come.”
Sounds’ appointment follows Larry Mattera’s appointment as general manager of Capitol Records in December.Music business worldwide